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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby Ankur » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:37 pm

Poor Pakistan, they will need to play Canada for 11th position now

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby asterix » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:45 pm

Pakistan is far better team than India. They played superbly against Australia today. Unfortunately they lost just in the dying moments..

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby cricketfrantic » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:14 pm

Indian team waste so many opportunities inside the 25 yard circle, it is just not possible to win the game, we tend to play skillful hockey which is not in line with the new rules, it requires high level of stamina instead of skill, all I can see is and what is called european style is to get near the 25 yard circle and shoot the ball in the direction of the net and it somehow deflects and get into the goal. They also score more goals with reverse flicks, which indians couldn't do frequently..

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby asterix » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:49 pm

cricketfrantic wrote:Indian team waste so many opportunities inside the 25 yard circle, it is just not possible to win the game, we tend to play skillful hockey which is not in line with the new rules, it requires high level of stamina instead of skill, all I can see is and what is called european style is to get near the 25 yard circle and shoot the ball in the direction of the net and it somehow deflects and get into the goal. They also score more goals with reverse flicks, which indians couldn't do frequently..

That's European hockey for you..Slam bang deflect and take PCs. They can't compete on skills hence they've drastically revised all the playing rules to suit themselves..

They've made it look like Ice hockey..The art of playing skilled hockey on grass field is dead now..

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby cricketfrantic » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:00 pm

Yes and that is why we lag behind others, you just need to watch the Indo-Pak clashes and that brings the best of the hockey and you can't help but admire the skills displayed by them. I usually watch only these matches because with other teams its always indian players with their skills and dribbling abilities take the ball near the goal only to loose possession and then watch the ball in their own goal post and lose the match.. simple as you like..

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby squarecut » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:19 am

One must say India Hockey players have got optimum outcome with bare mimimum result. One win (against Pakistan) and one draw (against South Africa) is all they have to show, and this sees them finish fourth in the group. Now they will now compete for seventh and eighth places. South Africa with similar points will play for ninth and tenth places. Pakistan finish last in the group and they will have the ignominy of having to play for the last two places.

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby Scotty » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:11 am

Southafrica really played well and gave india hardtime and india did well to score the equilizer in less than 6 mins to go.

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby asterix » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:38 pm

Pakistan hockey squad steps down after World Cup debacle

NEW DELHI: In a dramatic development, the entire Pakistan squad announced retirement from international hockey on Thursday owning moral responsibility for their poor performance in the World Cup.

Hours after Pakistan recorded their worst-ever showing in the tournament, finishing with the wooden spoon following a 2-3 loss to Canada in the play-off for the 11th-12th places, Pakistan media manager Shahzad Malik issued a statement announcing the team's decision.

"The Pakistan hockey team has announced its retirement from the international hockey after their poor performance in the World Cup," the statement said.

It quoted Pakistan captain Zeeshan Ashraf as saying that "all the eighteen players accepted the defeat in the event and decided to retire from the international hockey."

Ashraf praised the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) for doing a lot for the players, but regretted the players could not deliver to their potential.

"We will support PHF in future and will be available if Pakistan needs any player any time," the statement said.

They eighteen players who announced retirement are:

Nasir Ahmad and Salman Akbar (goalkeepers), Zeeshan Ashraf, Sohail Abbas and Muhammad Rashid (defenders), Muhammad Irfan, Waseem Ahmad, Muhammad Imran, Fareed Ahmad and Sajjad Anwar (midfielders), Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi, Abdul Haseem Khan, Muhammad Zubair, Akhtar Ali, Omer Bhutta, Abbas Haider and Muhammad Rizwan (forwards).

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby bharathh » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:39 pm

Sad. The tourney started with real hopes of reviving hockey in Ind and Pak ... unfortunately with both teams flopping big time, it looks like hockey will remain sidelined.

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby asterix » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:43 pm

Germany thrash England to reach World Cup final

Day in Pics: March 10NEW DELHI: Olympic champions Germany thrashed England 4-1 in the semi-finals of the men's hockey World Cup on Thursday to stay on course for a third successive title.

Top-ranked Germany led 3-1 at halftime and defended solidly in the second half to stay undefeated in the tournament at a packed Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium.

Germany will meet either Australia or Netherlands in the final on Saturday. The second semi-final will take place later on Thursday.

"The whole team played well," said man of the match Matthias Witthaus. "Now we are looking forward to win the World Cup. With this performance there are possibilities."

Germany were 2-0 up by the 11th minute through Jan-Marco Montag and Oliver Korn.

Montag converted a penalty corner for his third goal of the tournament while Korn dived to deflect the ball successfully for an opportunistic goal.

England, who beat Germany in the final of the European championship last year, rallied strongly and scored through Richard Smith before Martin Haner scored Germany's third goal. Linus Butt added a fourth goal 10 minutes from time.

"We were just awesome together. We defended solidly as a team and allowed just one goal," said Haner.

Canada beat former champions Pakistan 3-2 in extra time to finish 11th in the 12-team competition. Scott Tupper struck the golden goal in extra time.

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby asterix » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:46 pm

bharathh wrote:Sad. The tourney started with real hopes of reviving hockey in Ind and Pak ... unfortunately with both teams flopping big time, it looks like hockey will remain sidelined.

Yes, will miss some great hockey players like Sohail Abbas.

Sad way to end a career. Teams win and lose but the present vicitmisation of cricket players in Pakistan has clear effect on the Hockey team..

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby bolero » Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:14 am

Pakistan could not recover after their defeat to India. Sad end. Asian teams are way down the ladder in World Hockey.

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby Ankur » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:21 pm

India 1-0 down to Argentina at HT

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby Ankur » Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:03 pm

India lose 4-2

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby Scotty » Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:18 pm

i watched the match between SA and NZ, it went to the wire and NZ hold there nerve to win it.i think its match of the turnament

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby Ankur » Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:59 pm

Congrats Raja on you win over England.

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby Ankur » Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:23 pm

Congrats Australia and Aussies for your triumph. I absolutely admire the sporting talent and their excellence in Australia across various sports may it be Tennis, cricket , rugby , hockey, swimming, or any other sport I am not aware of.

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby raja » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:45 am

Ankur wrote:Congrats Raja on you win over England.

Thank you. :grin:
The Dutch just about managed to win.
England is a much-improved side.

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Re: FIH - Hero Honda World Cup 2010

Postby TedWard » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:53 am

After being runners up in the last 2 tournaments it is good to see Australia do 1 better this time and win the whole thing.