Hockey is one of the major events of Olympic. It has always created adrenaline rush for its fans. We all know that field Hockey has now delivered so many amazing athletes. The game is now most popular in the whole world. For your help, we are compiling a list of top 10 best men’s field hockey teams in the world. So, let’s have a look.
Nicknamed as Kookaburras, The Australia men’s national field hockey team is topping the list of FIH World Rankings 2018 with 1906 points. They’re 3 times world cup champions. They have record 5 times consecutive wins in the champion trophy from 2008 to 2012. Kookaburras strong records prove them the most strongest men’s field hockey team in the world.
Argentina, known by its nickname Los Leones (The Lions) secured their 2nd place in the 2016–17 Hockey World League which made them 2nd in the FIH World Rankings. Argentina is only team to win the Gold medal for America. They defeated Belgium by 4–2 in the final of 2016 Summer Olympic at the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Nicknamed as the Red Lions, Belgium men’s field hockey team is the winner of 2011 Champions Challenge and the runner up of 2016 Olympic Games. They also grab the silver medal in 2014-15 World League. We believe that they will give the tough competition in the coming 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup hosted by India in Bhubaneswar.
Can you imagine that Netherland’s men hockey team is three times world cup winner, 8 times Champions Trophy winner, Summer Olympics winner and Hockey World League tournament winner in 2012-13? Their records prove that why they are on 4th position with 1654 points in latest FIH World Rankings. Netherlands Women’s national field hockey team is also on the 1st spot in the ranking. This shows how Netherlands is passionate about the hockey.
Indian men’s hockey team is first non European team to be the member of International Hockey Federation. In 1928 team India won their first gold medal in Olympic. In current FIH World Rankings India climb one more step to reach in the top 5 international hockey team. From 1928 to 1956 India wins 6 consecutive gold medals in the Summer Olympics. India won their 1st World Cup in 1975 in Malaysia.
German team comes up in the highlights when they defeated Australia 2–1 in the 2002 Men’s Hockey World Cup. Germany wins Hockey Champions Trophy nine times, eight times EuroHockey Nations Championship, and four times gold at the Summer Olympics. Because of their high population, Germany has the potential to reach more athletes. They even manage to reach in the final of 2010 Men’s Hockey World Cup with youngest and inexperienced team.
England hockey team hasn’t much gold in their record but is a fastest growing team in the hockey world. They managed to maintain their 7th position in the latest FIH World Rankings. On the other hands, Women’s national hockey team is at the position in 2nd position in ranking table.
Spain men’s national field hockey team gives their appearance in 1971 World Cup. From their first appearance to till now they have won 2 silver and 1 bronze medals in hockey world cup. The team is currently standing at 8th position in the FHI ranking table with 1105 points.
Famous as Black Sticks Men, New Zealand men’s national field hockey team comes in highlight when they won Champions Challenge title in 2009. They also give the toughest competition in 2002 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Black Sticks Men won silver and bronze medal in the perspective years.
The Ireland men’s national field hockey team united by the Irish Hockey Union. They won won silver medal in Olympic Games in 1908 by losing the final to England. The Irish team also wins EuroHockey Nations Trophy twice.
So, this is our list of top 10 best Men’s field hockey teams in the World. The world cup 2018 is not far let see which teams will rank high in the table and which teams will maintain their ranking. We also hope to see new teams in the top 10 after world cup 2018.