India to face ‘difficult’ Spain in Males’s Hockey World Cup 2023

The 2 groups performed one another twice within the 2022-23 version of the FIH Males’s Professional League.

In only a matter of time, Males’s Hockey World Cup 2023 will start in India. That is for the primary time India will likely be internet hosting this match consecutively. The earlier version in 2018 was additionally held in India, the place India completed sixth within the desk. Netherlands defeated India within the quarter-final. On this version, India will likely be beginning their marketing campaign in opposition to the present World No. 8 in rankings Spain. India will play their first sport in opposition to Spain in Rourkela’s Birsa Munda Worldwide Hockey Stadium on 13th January. In 14 World Cup editions, Spain has performed in finals twice in 1971 and 1998.

Spain’s latest type has been dismal. Since June 2022, Spain has performed 10 video games and received 4 of them and ended up dropping six. Spain confronted India twice in FIH Males’s Professional League. First, on thirtieth October the place they defeated India by an in depth margin of 3-2, then on sixth November, they misplaced 1-3 by penalty. India has a larger problem to face within the fifteenth version of the Hockey World Cup in India. Being a number India may have a bonus in circumstances and crowd, whereas groups like Spain, Wales and England will put up a troublesome competitors in Pool D. Spain is presently standing eighth in rating and their latest efficiency in opposition to India in Professional Hockey League will certainly enhance just a little confidence within the opening sport.

Latest Performances

Final 10 video games, Gained – 4 & Misplaced 6

In October – November 2022 FIH Professional Hockey League Spain had a combined share of outcomes. Spain had 4 video games with two in opposition to India, and two in opposition to New Zealand. They received twice and misplaced twice. Within the final 10 outings, Spain received 4 video games and misplaced six.

In regards to the group

Spain is presently eighth within the rankings with 2120.35 factors. To this point Spain has certified for all editions of the FIH Hockey World Cup. Spain’s finest leads to the World Cup got here in 1971 and 1998 once they performed within the finals of the match. They hosted Hockey World Cup maiden version and completed as runners-up within the match. Spain misplaced to Pakistan ultimately. In 1998, the Netherlands turned the champion by defeating Spain within the World Cup remaining. Within the Olympics, Spain received three silver medals (1980, 96 and 2008) and one bronze medal in 1960.

The Coach

Maximilian Caldas

Former Argentine defender Maximiliano Caldas joined the Spanish Hockey group in Might 2021. 49 years outdated Caldas has an excellent popularity as a coach and had received a couple of accolades with Netherlands Ladies’s Hockey group. With Spain, he’s but to show himself within the massive tournaments and His subsequent massive project is developing in India with FIH Hockey World Cup.

Gamers to be careful for

Alvaro Iglesias

Spain for this 15th version of the World Cup has picked a comparatively youthful squad. With this choice, Alvaro Iglesias’ expertise as a ahead turns into actually essential for the Spanish squad not solely in opposition to India however in the whole match. 29-year-old Iglesias is taken into account the spine of Spanish playmaking. In his profession, he has performed 180 video games for his nation scoring 43 objectives. Iglesias will likely be powerful to deal with for India of their opening sport.

Enrique González

26-year-old Enrique Gonzalez within the ahead line has an essential position to play with Alvaro Iglesias as a playmaker. Gonzalez along with his excellent efficiency within the 2014 Youth Olympics for Spain impressed everybody and made his worldwide debut the identical 12 months. Quickly after that championship efficiency, Gonzalez was drafted into the nationwide group and since then he has grow to be an essential member. Gonzalez in his profession he performed 153 video games and scored 20 objectives. With González within the squad, Spain has received 86 video games.

Ricardo Sanchez

Because the saying goes, the protection wins the match. 30-year-old skilled man in Spanish protection has quite a bit to contribute on this upcoming Hockey World Cup. Member of the squad since 2014, Sanchez has given many nice performances. Ricardo Sanchez within the eighth 12 months of their worldwide profession he has performed 124 video games. He has scored 10 objectives and has been a lifeline for the Spanish group within the protection.

What to anticipate

In a 50-50 report within the earlier outing, Spain had troubled the Indian group. India is ranked sixth and Spain is eighth, each groups will likely be anticipated to open their marketing campaign on a profitable notice. India and Spain are positioned in Pool D with England and Wales. Thought of as a troublesome pool, each groups should improve their potential in opening video games. India vs Spain is scheduled for 13th January at Birsa Munda Worldwide Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.

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