Here is everything you need to know about the 16 participating nations, with FIH Men Hockey World Cup 2018-19 complete squads released for the mega tournament with 18 players featuring in the squad of each nation. Adhering to the deadline of having to announce their squads two weeks before the tournament commences, the national federations of all countries made the media aware of their teams which will be battling it out in Bhuvneshwar for a shot at glory.
Moving ahead with FIH Men Hockey World Cup 2018-19 complete squads, from the Indian camp, a relatively young side will be competing in the world cup. The world number 5 side which will be looking to make history at home goes in with the likes of Harmanpreet, Amit, and Birendra in defense, Manpreet in midfield and Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Simranjeet Singh in the attack. The most notable exclusions have been of the experienced Rupinder Pal Singh and SV Sunil from the 18 man squad.
Coach Harendra Singh along with the team staff are conducting a national camp with the core group of 34 to ensure the team is battle ready when the tournament commences. Sweating it out at the swanky new training and main pitch, the Indian team has been undergoing grueling training sessions in a bid to ensure 100% match fitness and implement their strategy to perfection by November 28 when they will play the opening match of the world cup against South Africa. India, grouped in Pool C along with World No.3 Belgium, Canada, and South Africa, will need to finish on top of the pool to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the world cup.
The world cup has been divided into four pools- Pool A-D with each pool featuring four sides in it. India has been placed in pool c alongside South Africa, Belgium and the showpiece event will commence on November 28 with the final taking place on December 6. We take a look at the squads of all the teams in the world cup.
POOL A: Argentina, France, New Zealand, Spain
ARGENTINA (WR #2)
Vila to fire them in from open play.
HEAD COACH: Germán Orozco
Juan Manuel Vivaldi, Tomás Santiago,Gonzalo Peillat, Pedro Ibarra, Juan Ignacio Gilardi, Ignacio Ortiz, Juan Martín López, Matías Rey, Lucas Rossi, Agustín Bugallo, Nicolás Cicileo, Tomás Bettaglio, Matías Paredes, Agustin Mazzilli, Lucas Vila, Maico Casella, Lucas Martínez, Joaquín Menini
SPAIN (WR #8)
Quico Cortes, Mario Garin, Alejandro de Frutos, Albert Beltrán, Álvaro Iglesias, Diego Arana, Enrique González de Castejón, Ignacio Rodriguez, Marc Sallés, Marc Boltó, Marc Serrahima, Miquel Delàs, Pau Quemada, Pepe Romeu, Ricardo Santana, Sergi Enrique, Vicenç Ruiz, Xavier Lleonart
NEW ZEALAND (WR #9)
HEAD COACH: Darren Smith
Richard Joyce, George Enersen, Cory Bennett, Marcus Child, Hugo Inglis, Stephen Jenness, Dane Lett, Shea McAleese, George Muir, Dominic Newman, Jared Panchia, Arun Panchia, Hayden Phillips, Nick Ross, Kane Russell, Aidan Sarikaya, Blair Tarrant, Nick Woods.
FRANCE (WR #20)
HEAD COACH: Jeroen Delmee
Artur Thieffry, Corentin Saunier,Pieter van Straaten, Tom Genestet, Hugo Genestet, Blaise Rogeau, Victor Lockwood, Charles Masson, Nicolas Dumont, Gaspard Baumgarten, Francois Goyet, Cristoforo Peters-Duetz, Jean-Baptiste Forgues, Etienne Tynevez, Victor Charlet, Aristide Coisne, Maximillien Branicki, Timothee Clement
POOL B:: Australia, England, Ireland, China
AUSTRALIA (WR #1)
HEAD COACH: Colin Batch
Andrew Charter, Tyler Lovell, Daniel Beale, Timothy Brand, Tom Craig, Matthew Dawson, Blake Govers, Jake Harvie, Jeremy Hayward, Tim Howard, Trent Mitton, Eddie Ockenden, Flynn Ogilvie, Matthew Swann, Corey Weyer, Jake Whetton, Dylan Wotherspoon, Aran Zalewski
ENGLAND (WR #7)
HEAD COACH: Danny Kerry
George Pinner, Harry Gibson, Adam Dixon, Liam Sanford, Mark Gleghorne, Jack Waller, Michael Hoare, Luke Taylor, Harry Martin, David Ames, Ian Sloan, Barry Middleton, Zach Wallace, James Gall, Phil Roper, David Condon, Will Calnan, Sam Ward, Brendan Creed, Rhys Smith
IRELAND (WR #10)
HEAD COACH: Alexander Cox
David Harte, David Fitzgerald, Jonathan Bell, Matthew Bell, Luke Madeley, Chris Cargo, Matthew Nelson, Alen Sothern, Eugene Magee, Kirk Shimmins, Shane O’Donoghue, Sean Murray, Mitch Darling, Michael Robson, Daragh Walsh, Paul Gleghorne, Cornor Harte, Jeremey Duncan, Lee Cole, Stuart Loughrey
CHINA (WR #17)
HEAD COACH: Kim Sang-Ryul
Ao Zhiwei, Wang Caiyu,,Guo Xiaoping, Guan Quyang, Ao Suozhu, E Wenhui, Ao Yang, Meng Dihao, Su Jun, Meng Nan, Su Wenlin, Su Lixing, Du Chen, Du Talake, Guo Zixiang, E Wenlong, Ao Weibao, Guo Jin
POOL C: Belgium, India, Canada, South Africa
BELGIUM (WR #3)
Vincent Vanasch, Loic Van Doren, Arthur De Sloover, Arthur Van Doren, Loïck Luypaert, Alexander Hendrickx, Gauthier Boccard, Emmanuel Stockbroekx, Simon Gougnard, John-John Dohmen, Victor Wegnez, Felix Denayer, Sébastien Dockier, Cédric Charlier, Tom Boon, Thomas Briels, Florent van Aubel, Nicolas De Kerpel
INDIA (WR #5)
HEAD COACH: Harendra Singh
PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak,Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Sumit, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Simranjeet Singh.
SOUTH AFRICA (WR #15)
HEAD COACH: Mark Hopkins
Gowan Jones, Rassie Pieterse,Tim Drummond, Dayaan Cassiem, Taylor Dart, Tyson Dlungwana, Jethro Eustice, Rhett Halkett, Tommy Hammond, Keenan Horne, Julian Hykes, Peabo Lembethe, Mo Mea, Bili Ntuli, Taine Paton, Richard Pautz, Austin Smith, Nick Spooner
CANADA (WR #11)
HEAD COACH: Paul Bundy
David Carter, Antoni Kindler,Balraj Panesar, Brandon Perreira, Gordon Johnston, Scott Tupper, Keegan Perriera, Matthew Sarmento, Iain Smythe, James Kirkpatrick, Oliver Scholfield, Mark Pearson, Sukhi Panesar, Gabe Ho-Garcia, John Smythe, Richard Hildreth, Brenden Bissett, Jamie Wallace
POOL D: Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan
NETHERLANDS (WR #4)
HEAD COACH: Max Caldas
Sam van der Ven, Pirmin Blaak, ,Seve van Ass, Sander Baart, Billy Bakker, Lars Balk, Thierry Brinkman, Thijs van Dam, Jonas de Geus, Jeroen Hertzberger, Robbert Kemperman, Mirco Pruyser, Glenn Schuurman, Valentin Verga, Bob de Voogd, Mink van der Weerden, Sander de Wijn, Floris Wortelboer
GERMANY (WR #6)
HEAD COACH: Stefan Kermas
Mark Appel, Tobias Walter,Florian Fuchs, Benedikt Furk, Mats Grambusch, Tom Grambusch, Johannes Grobe, Martin Haner, Tobias Hauke, Timm Herzbruch, Dieter Linnekogel, Marco Miltkau, Matthias Muller, Dan Nguyen Luong, Christopher Ruhr, Ferdinand Weinke, Nikias Wellen, Lukas Windfeder
MALAYSIA (WR #12)
HEAD COACH: Roelant Oltmans
Kumar Subramaniam, Hairi Rahman,Sumantri Norsyafiq, Ramadan Rosli, Marhan Jalil, Fitri Saari, Joel van Huizen, Faizal Saari, Syed Cholan, Sukri Mutalib, Firhan Ashari, Nabil Noor, Razie Rahim, Faiz Jali, Azri Hassan, Hasan Azuan, Tajuddin Tengku, Nik Rozemi
PAKISTAN (WR #13)
HEAD COACH: Tauqeer Dar
Imran Butt, Mazhar Abbas,Mohd. Irfan (Sr), Aleem Bilal, Mubashar Ali, Tauseeq Arshad, Tasawwar Abbas, Rashid Mahmood, Ajaz Ahmed, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Mohd. Irfan (Jr.), Mohd. Rizwan (Sr.), Ali Shan, Faisal Qadir, Abubakr Mahmood, Umar Bhutta, Atiq Arshad, Mohammad Zubair
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