The fifth edition of the Indoor Hockey World Cup will be hosted in Berlin, Germany between 7th – 11th February 2018.
In the Men’s Category, Kazakhstan will face Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Poland, Germany and Czech Republic in Pool A. In Pool B, Iran will go head to head against Austria, Belgium, Russia, South Africa and Switzerland. The quadrennial format was first introduced in 2003, Leipzig, Germany. The host nation claimed the first title by beating Poland 7-1 in the final game of the event. The host nation claimed another two, consecutive title, first in Vienna (Austria 2007) and then in Poznan (Poland 2011). In the latest edition of the tournament, held in Leipzig, Germany, Netherlands broke Germany’s stronghold and are the current champions of the exciting format.
Iran, Men’s Indoor Hockey Asia Cup champions, have dominated the format ever since its introduction in Asia. Since 2008, there have been 7 Indoor Hockey Asia Cups, all of which saw Iran Men’s Hockey Team winning the gold medal. In the latest edition of the tournament, which was held in Ipoh, Malaysia, Iran beat the host nation in the final by 3-2. Kazakhstan held on to the podium for the silver medal positions in the last two editions (2015, 2017), and a Bronze medal finish in the preceding year’s edition (2014) of the Indoor Hockey Asia Cup. Kazakhstan will take on the hosts in the inaugural match of the tournament on the 7th of February and will then face Czech Republic later on the same day. Iran will be set to display their potential when they take on Switzerland and Belgium in Pool B.
In the Women’s category, Kazakhstan is the only Asian team participating in the tournament as it sets to extend its Asian domination at the international stage. Kazakhstan will take on Poland, ranked world number 5 in the second match of the tournament on the 7th of February and will then face a strong Netherlands side, who are the reigning champions and ranked at number 3.
In the inaugural event, 2003, Leipzig, Germany, the host nation claimed the first title by beating Netherlands 5-2 in the final game of the event. The host nation claimed another title in Poland, 2011 by beating their arch rivals again by 4-2. In the latest edition of the tournament, held in Leipzig, Germany, Netherlands beat Germany in a thrilling shootout, equaling Germany’s title count of two Gold medal positions.
In Asia, Kazakhstan have dominated Women’s Indoor Hockey format by winning five out of 6 Indoor Hockey Asia Cups. They have been the reigning champions of the same for the last 7 years. Although ranking 17th in the FIH Indoor Hockey rankings, they will be in high spirits to showcase their skills and take their winning streak into the main event.
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