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Hockey: Korea arrive in Argentina as underdogs for World League Final

Korea arrived in Argentina for the FIH World League Final looking to build on their finish runners-up at September's Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: FIH.

Korea arrived in Argentina for the World League Final looking to build on their silver medal at the Asia Cup. Photos: FIH.

November 29, 2013: Korea and China will be firm underdogs in the inaugural women’s FIH Hockey World League Final, which gets underway this weekend in San Miguel de Tucuman in northern Argentina.

 

The eight-team tournament is the culmination of a journey that began back in August 2012 when the first rounds of the World League were played.

 

Korea, currently World No. 8, are the bottom-ranked side in Pool A, where they take on reigning Olympic champions Netherlands (World No. 2), England (No. 3) and Germany (No. 5). China, the 2008 Olympic Silver medallists, will take on hosts Argentina and Oceania rivals New Zealand and Australia in Pool B.

 

Korea qualified for the World League Final by finishing third in Rotterdam in the first of two Semi-Final tournaments and followed that with a silver medal in the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Striker Park Mi-hyun, 27, has won 191 caps and is Korea’s star player, while fellow forward Kim Jong-eun, also 27, has won 160 caps and is the team captain. Penalty corner star Cheon Seul-ki, 24, is also a key figure.

 

Korea are the bottom-ranked team in Pool A, which features Olympic champions Netherlands, England and Germany.

Korea are the bottom-ranked team in Pool A, which features Olympic champions Netherlands, England and Germany.

The Netherlands won gold at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, and have a number of the world’s best players including Ellen Hoog and ‘captain fantastic’ Maartje Paumen, FIH Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

 

England will be captained by legendary defender Kate Richardson-Walsh, who has won 305 caps, and will look to build on their silver medal in this year’s EuroHockey Nations Championships and second place at the World League Semi-Final in London. Midfielder Helen Richardson-Walsh (242 caps) and livewire striker Alex Danson (192 caps) are other experienced players.

 

Germany have bounced back from the retirement of legendary striker Natascha Keller after London 2012 by winning the first World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam before claiming the EuroHockey Nations Championship and are expected to be among the title contenders in Argentina. The tournament will conclude on December 8.

 

For women’s FIH Hockey World League Final 2013 schedule, visit:

http://www.fih.ch/en/competitions-258-argentina-hockey-world-league-final-2013:format

For women’s FIH Hockey World League Final 2013 squad lists, visit:

http://www.fih.ch/en/competitions-258-argentina-hockey-world-league-final-2013:teams

 

Source: FIH

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