Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS): When a galaxy of hockey stars has descended on Bhubaneswar and Rourkela for the FIH Odisha Hockey Males’s World Cup, can the highest coaches be left behind? Under no circumstances!
Meet the top coaches: These males include a world of expertise behind them.
The motley of coaches that can be teaching the 16 taking part international locations within the World Cup are a various group, some with outstanding expertise of teaching worldwide groups, whereas others have solely labored in their very own nation, coaching and guiding home groups.
A few of them have profitable careers as gamers profitable Olympic and World Cup medals whereas others are nonetheless awaiting their first medal, hoping that they might achieve attaining their dream on the FIH Odisha Hockey Males’s Hockey World Cup 2023.
The checklist consists of the much-travelled Colin Bach of Australia, Graham Reid of India, Michel Van Den Heuvel of Belgium, Jeroen Delmee of the Netherlands, Max Caldas, who will coach Spain, Greg Nicol of New Zealand and Paul Revington.
Mariano Ronconi of Argentina, Andre Henning of Germany, Jorge Dabanch of Chile, France’s Frederic Soyez, Akira Takahashi of Japan, Kyo Shin Seok of South Korea, Arul Anthoni of Malaysia, Cheslyn Gie of South Africa and Daniel Newcombe of Wales are the opposite head coaches coaching their respective groups for the World Cup.
Essentially the most anticipated hockey faceoff will begin on January 13 and finish on January 29 – the day one of many 16 taking part groups can be topped because the World Champion, making certain a spot in historical past for the top coach as nicely.
Will it’s Colin Bach of Australia, who has received the World Cup as a participant, or the India coach Graham Reid, who received the 1992 Olympic silver and World Cup bronze taking part in for native Australia, or Max Caldas, the previous Argentina participant who has bagged a number of Olympic and World Cup medals as coach of the Dutch Ladies’s hockey workforce, and is now guiding Spain’s males’s workforce?
Or will it’s a first-timer like Jeroen Delmee of the Netherlands or Andre Henning of Germany, and even Mariano Ronconi of Argentina? The reply can be out solely on January 29.
This is a take a look at head coaches from the highest 5 title contenders:
Colin Bach (Australia): The previous Australia participant has received the World Cup and 4 Champions Trophy titles as a participant. As a coach with huge expertise, Bach performed a key position in Belgium’s emergence as essentially the most feared workforce in World hockey, having coached the Crimson Lions from 2010 to 2014.
The 64-year-old was additionally the assistant coach of Australia throughout its most profitable interval underneath Barry Dancer after they received their maiden Olympic gold within the 2004 Athens Olympics, bronze on the 2008 Beijing Olympics, silver on the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, gold within the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Video games and gold within the 2005 and 2008 Champions Trophies. Bach has additionally coached New Zealand and now turned to his native nation.
Graham Reid (India): The 2-time winner of the FIH Males’s Coach of the 12 months award, Reid helped the Indian males’s workforce bag bronze medal within the Tokyo Olympic Video games, ending a four-decade-old drought.
He should now be hoping to script extra historical past by guiding India to its first World Cup medal because it received the title within the 1975 World Cup in Malaysia. Reid, who helped India to the Commonwealth Video games silver medal in Birmingham, has received a silver medal with Australia within the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Michel Van Den Heuvel: The Dutch coach took over Belgium quickly after Shane McLeod, who coached them to gold medal within the 2018 World Cup in Bhubaneswar and gold on the Tokyo Olympic Video games. Becoming to these profitable footwear can be no imply achievement however van den Heuvel is kind of skilled as a profitable coach within the Dutch league.
Though van den Heuvel doesn’t have the expertise of teaching the highest males’s groups, the Belgian workforce may be very skilled and will not be so impacted by his absence.
Max Caldas (Spain): Though Spain isn’t thought-about the highest contender for the title, Maximiliano (Max) Caldas comes with the huge expertise of teaching the Dutch ladies’s workforce.
The 49-year-old Argentine coach Caldas was the assistant coach of the Dutch ladies’s nationwide, workforce which turned world champion in 2006 and captured the gold medal on the 2008 Summer time Olympics in Beijing.
In 2010, Caldas took cost because the Dutch ladies’s nationwide workforce coach. On the 2012 Olympics, he struck gold as coach with the Dutch ladies’s. Additionally they grabbed the gold on the first version of the Hockey World League in 2013. In June 2014 he received his third gold with the Dutch ladies on the Hockey World Cup in The Hague. He later took cost of the Dutch males’s hockey workforce earlier than being employed by Spain.
Jeroen Delmee (Netherlands): As a participant, he received the gold medal on the Olympic Video games in 1996 and 2000 Video games. After retiring as a participant, he took over as coach of Dutch area hockey membership’s head coach of Tilburg and head coach of the France males’s nationwide workforce (2017-2021). He began as the top coach of the Netherlands males’s nationwide workforce in September 2021.
Delmer will not be as skilled a coach as the remaining, however he has a really robust aspect with notable gamers akin to Bjien Koen, Primin Blaak and Jasper Brinkma.