The 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup was the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national field hockey teams organized by the FIH. It was held from 28 November to 16 December 2018, at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India. The inauguration ceremony which was held on 27 November 2018, witnessed the biggest ever drone flying show in India.
In March 2013, one month after the FIH published the event assignment process document for the 2014–2018 cycle, Australia, Belgium, India, Malaysia and New Zealand were shortlisted as candidates for hosting the event and were asked to submit bidding documentation, a requirement that Belgium did not meet. In addition, one month before the host election, Australia withdrew their application due to technical and financial reasons. India was announced as host on 7 November 2013, during a special ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Due to the increase to 16 participating teams, the new qualification process was announced in July 2015 by the International Hockey Federation. Each of the continental champions from five confederations and the host nation received an automatic berth, and the 10/11 highest placed teams at the Semifinals of the 2016–17 FIH Hockey World League not already qualified would enter the tournament. The following sixteen teams, shown with final pre-tournament rankings, competed in this tournament.
^1 – India qualified both as host and continental champion, therefore that quota was given to China as the highest-ranked team from the 2016–17 Hockey World League Semifinals not already qualified.
The 16 teams were drawn into four groups, each containing four teams. Each team played each other team in its group once. The first-placed team in each group advanced to the quarter-finals, while the second- and third-placed teams in each group went into the crossover matches. From there on a single-elimination tournament was played.
16 umpires were appointed by the FIH for this tournament.
Diego Barbas (ARG)
Dan Barstow (ENG)
Marcin Grochal (POL)
Ben Göntgen (GER)
Adam Kearns (AUS)
Eric Kim Lai Koh (MAS)
Lim Hong Zhen (SGP)
Martin Madden (SCO)
Raghu Prasad (IND)
Javed Shaikh (IND)
Simon Taylor (NZL)
David Tomlinson (NZL)
Gregory Uyttenhove (BEL)
Jonas van't Hek (NED)
Francisco Vásquez (ESP)
Peter Wright (RSA)
The schedule was published on 27 February 2018.
The 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup Final was a field hockey match played between Belgium and the Netherlands on 16 December 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India.
Belgium won their first World Cup after defeating the Netherlands in the Final in penalty shoot-out. This was also Belgium's first ever world title in a team sport. Belgian goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch was named player of the match in the Final.
Blair Thomas Fagan Tarrant (born 11 May 1990) is a New Zealand field hockey player. He represented his country at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where the men's team came seventh. He plays club hockey in the Netherlands for HC Rotterdam and he also played ofr SCHC in the past.
Blake Govers (born 6 July 1996) is an Australian field hockey player who plays as a forward for the NSW Waratahs in the Australian Hockey League and the Australian national team.
He competed in the men's field hockey tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics and in the 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup. At the 2018 World Cup he was the joint-topscorer with seven goals.He is the younger brother of former international hockey player Kieran Govers. He coaches a group of young female athletes at the Southern River Hockey Club, based in the south of Perth, WA.
During the 2014–15 season, Govers played for Wimbledon in England, where he scored five goals in the championship final. He also played in the Netherlands for Bloemendaal in the 2016–17 season.
Cédric Daniel André Charlier (born 27 November 1987) is a Belgian field hockey player who plays for Racing Club de Bruxelles and the Belgian national team as a forward.
At the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, he competed for the national team in the men's tournament. At the 2016 Olympics, he was part of the Belgian men's team that won the silver medal. Charlier also won silver with Belgium at the 2013 EuroHockey Championship on home ground in Boom and at the 2017 EuroHockey Championships in Amstelveen.
David John Condon (born 6 July 1991) is an English international field hockey player who plays as a midfielder for England and Great Britain. He plays club hockey in the Men's England Hockey League Premier Division for East Grinstead.
Condon competed for England in the men's hockey tournament at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won a bronze medal.
Félix Denayer (born 31 January 1990, Edegem) is a Belgian field hockey player. He competed for the national team at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics. With Belgium he won the silver medal at the 2013 European Championship on home ground in Boom, and again at the 2017 European Championships in Amsterdam. He also tasted World Cup success with Belgium in 2018.
Denayer combines his sport with studies at the University of Antwerp.
Gauthier Boccard (born 26 August 1991) is a Belgian field hockey player who plays for Waterloo Ducks HC and the Belgian national team as a defender.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed for the national team in the men's tournament. Gauthier Boccard also participated with the Belgium men's national field hockey team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The Belgian red lions definitely made an impression during these games and Gauthier Boccard made one goal.
Ignacio Horacio Ortiz (born 26 July 1987) is an Argentine field hockey player who plays as a midfielder. He competed in the field hockey competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he won the gold medal. He played club hockey for Real Club de Polo de Barcelona in Spain.
Jeremy Thomas Hayward (born 3 March 1993) is an Australian field hockey player.Hayward was part of the Australian team who won the 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup. The team defeated the Netherlands 6–1 in the final. Hayward was also awarded Young Player of the Tournament at this event.
Jeroen Hertzberger (born 24 February 1986) is a Dutch field hockey player who plays as a forward for HC Rotterdam and the Dutch national team.
Hertzberger was part of the Dutch national team for the 2007 Champions Trophy in Kuala Lumpur where the Dutch won the bronze medal. In 2008 they only finished in fourth place in Rotterdam. He also is part of the Dutch team that qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.Hertzberger is the all-time top scorer in the Euro Hockey League competition with 26 goals. He scored the first hat-trick in 2018 Hockey World Cup against Malaysia.
Kane Elliot Mark Russell (born 22 April 1992) is a New Zealand field hockey player.
Russell was born in Dunedin in 1992. Of Māori descent, Russell affiliates to the Ngāpuhi iwi.Russell plays as a defender for the Southern region. He represented his country at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where the men's team came seventh.
Sergi Enrique Montserrat (born 22 September 1987) is a Spanish field hockey player who plays as a defender for Junior FC and the Spanish national team. He was a member of the Spanish National Team that claimed the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, PR China.
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