Which Team Won Men’s Hockey World Cup as a Host Country?

we will look at the Netherlands hockey team, which has won the championship title as a host country twice in the history of the Hockey World Cup

The Hockey World Cup is divided into two stages: qualifier and the final tournament. Each stage follows the same lineup. Since 1977, the qualifying stage has always been a part of the Hockey World Cup. The qualifying round is played by all teams involved. The teams compete in two or more pools for a spot in the final tournament. The leading two teams are technically qualified, and the remaining berths are determined through playoffs. The continental winners and other competent teams compete in the final tournament. It occasionally includes the winning teams of the Summer Olympics’ hockey competition as well as the continental runners-up. The teams are divided into pools once more and will compete in a round robin tournament. The pools’ composition is affected by the actual FIH World Rankings.

The men’s hockey World Cup began in 1971, with the inaugural edition held in Barcelona, Spain. In fact, the 1971 event was originally scheduled to take place in Pakistan but was later moved to Spain due to political conflict in Asia at the time. Despite losing the hosting rights, Pakistan became the first men’s hockey World Cup champions, defeating Spain in the final of the 10-team tournament. In this article, we will look at the Netherlands hockey team, which has won the championship title as a host country twice in the history of the Hockey World Cup. 

The Netherlands national men’s field hockey representing the Netherlands in global men’s field hockey and is managed by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Hockey Bond, the Netherlands’ regulatory body for field hockey.

  • 1973 Netherlands

Following the huge accomplishment of the first edition of the FIH’s Men’s Hockey World Cup in 1971, the second edition was held in comprehensive splendor just two years later in Amstelveen, Netherlands. This was the first tournament held following the iconic Summer Olympics, in this case the contentious edition of Munich 1972. This was the first World Cup to be played in a standardised format, with 12 teams competing in a league round in two pools of six teams each before the top two advanced to the knockout stage and the other to the successive categorization matches. 

The Men’s Hockey World Cup of 1973 was the second edition of the Hockey World Cup. It was held at the Wagener Stadium in Amstelveen, Netherlands, from August 24 to September 2. The tournament was won by the Netherlands, who annihilated India 4-2 on penalties after the final ended 2-2. It was the first World Cup to use the 12-team lineup, which later became the FIH Hockey World Cup benchmark until the 1998 edition.

  • 1998 Netherlands

The 1998 Men’s Hockey World Cup was the ninth edition of the Men’s Hockey World Cup, the International Hockey Federation’s quadrennial world championship for men’s national field hockey teams. From 20 June to 1 July 1998, it was carried along with the women’s championship in Utrecht, Netherlands. The 9th Hockey World Cup took place in Utrecht, Netherlands, at the Galgenwaard Stadium. The stadium, which was built in 1982, was primarily used for football and served as the home of the football club FC Utrecht. The stadium has a capacity for approximately 24,500 fans in the stands and was one of the most modern stadiums in the world at the time. The stadium hosted two World Cup finals: the initial was the Hockey World Cup final, and the other one was the Football World Youth Championships final in 2005.

The Netherlands national field hockey team was awarded the trophy. Spain finished second, and Germany finished third. The Dutch created history by becoming the first country to win the championship at home not once, but twice. The Netherlands hosted the competition for the second time after 1973. 

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