Hockey: The Most Successful International Teams and The Greatest Players

The hockey world cup is currently taking place in the Netherlands.  Who have been the most successful teams in the various international competitions over the years.

Men

 

EVENT WINNER Wins First Win Last Win
World Cup Pakistan 4 1971 1994
Olympics India 8 1928 1980
Champions Trophy Australia 13 1983 2012

Women

 

World Cup Netherlands 6 1974 2006
Olympics Australia 3 1988 2000
Olympics Netherlands 3 1984 2012
Champions Trophy Australia 6 1987 2011
Champions Trophy Netherlands 6 1991 2003

Prior to the tournament the Daily Telegaraph compiled a list of the Ten Greatest Hockey players of all-time according to experts from Britain, Australia and Pakistan.  The full article can be found here.

The top ten was as follows (female players in italics).

1. Dhyan Chand (India) – the winner of three Olympic gold medals  from 1928 to 1936 in the era of Indian dominance.  He scored 39 goals in those three Games. A record that still stands.

2. Rik Charlesworth (Australia 1972 – 1988)

3. Luciana Aymar (Argentina 1996 – present) The greatest female player ever having been voted world player of the year eight times.

4. Hassan Sardar (Pakistan 1980s)

5. Jamie Dwyer (Australia 2001-present)

6. Teun de Nooijer – Holland (1996 – present)

7.  Alyson Annan – Australia (1993 -2001)

8. Ties Kruize – Netherlands (1972 -1986)

9. Mijntje Donners – Netherlands (1995 -2004)

10. Rechelle Hawkes – Australia (1985 -2000)

 

 

 

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