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Hockey: Hosts India to face Germany, England, NZ in World League Final

Hosts India (pictured) will face Olympic champions Germany, England and New Zealand in Pool A of the men’s Hero World League Final in New Delhi in January. Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby.

Hosts India (pictured) will face Olympic champions Germany, England and New Zealand in Pool A of the men’s Hero World League Final in New Delhi in January. Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby.

November 27, 2013: Hosts India have been drawn with Olympic champions Germany, England and New Zealand in Pool A of the men’s Hero Hockey World League Final, which takes place in New Delhi from January 10-18, 2014.

 

Germany, England and New Zealand are ranked World No. 1, 4 and 5 respectively, while 11th-ranked India will be boosted by home support as they seek to punch above their weight on the FIH World Ranking.

 

World No. 2 Australia, winners of the last World Cup in 2010, will face fellow third-ranked Netherlands in Pool B along with Belgium and Argentina, ranked ninth and 10th respectively. The eight-team event features two round-robin pools of four followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals, classification and medal matches.

 

The pool-phase matchdays will be held on January 10, 11 and 13 and the quarter-finals on January 15. The semi-finals for the quarter-final winners and losers will take place on January 17, followed by the final classification matches on January 18.

 

The tournament will open on January 10 with Pool B matches between Australia and Belgium meeting (14:00 local time), and Netherlands and Argentina (16:00), before Pool A favourites Germany take on New Zealand (18:00) ahead of the mouth-watering meeting between England and India (20:00).

 

The Final tournament in New Delhi marks the culmination of the first edition of the men’s FIH Hockey World League. The competition started with 34 teams in Round 1 competing across nine round-robin groups held between August-December 2012.

 

New Delhi hosted one of four six-team groups in Round 2 held between late February to early June this year, while the Semi-Finals – each featuring eight teams – were held in Rotterdam, Netherlands in June and Johor Bahru, Malaysia in July.

 

For the full 2014 Hero Hockey World League Final schedule, visit:

http://www.fih.ch/en/competitions-261-hero-hockey-world-league-final-world-league:format

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