Hockey World Cup 2023: Interesting history of Hockey World Cup that will surprise you
The Hockey World Cup 2023 is going to start in India from 13 January. For the second time in a row, the state of Odisha is hosting the Hockey World Cup. This time a total of 16 teams are participating in the Hockey World Cup. These teams are divided into a total of four groups.
The Hockey World Cup 2023 in India is going to start from 13 January. India is the first country to host the Hockey World Cup for the second time in a row. This time a total of 16 teams are participating in the Hockey World Cup. This is the first time in the history of the last 51 years that the matches of the Hockey World Cup will be organized in two cities Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. There are many amazing facts related to the Hockey World Cup that people are not aware of.
There are many such facts related to the Hockey World Cup which can surprise the fans a lot.
The first edition of the Hockey World Cup came in 1971. So far 14 editions of hockey have been played in which 605 matches have been played. A total of 2433 goals have been scored in these matches. And this time the 15th edition of hockey will be played, in which 44 matches will be played.
A total of 26 countries have participated in the World Cup so far. Chile and Wales are participating in the World Cup for the first time this year. After the arrival of these two teams, the number of teams participating in the World Cup will be 28.
There are three teams that have played the World Cup 14 times. It includes teams from India, Netherlands and Spain. At the same time, the teams of Argentina, England and Pakistan have played the World Cup a total of 13 times.
This time the Pakistan team is not part of the World Cup because the four-time champion team Pakistan could not qualify. This time the teams of Argentina, Australia and England are part of the World Cup.
India has become the first country to host the World Cup for the second time in a row. The World Cup was hosted in the year 2018 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. At the same time, the 2023 World Cup is also going to be hosted in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in Odisha. For the first time in 51 years, the two cities will host the World Cup together.
The largest stadium for the Hockey World Cup has been built in Rourkela. According to the Government of Odisha, the Birsa Munda Stadium with a capacity of 21,000 spectators is included in the largest stadium in the world.
This time a total of 44 matches are to be played in the World Cup. The group stage matches between the 16 teams will be followed by the quarterfinals. Out of these matches, 24 will be held in Bhubaneswar and 20 in Rourkela.
Pakistan’s team has so far won the World Cup four times and Australia’s team three times. India won the World Cup only once in the year 1975. During this, India defeated the defending champion Pakistan and captured the World Cup.
According to statistics, the Netherlands is the team that has won the Hockey World Cup title twice in a row. Netherlands won the World Cup title twice in the year 2010 and 2014.
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