Hockey News: Hockey World Cup 2023 schedule
The men's hockey World Cup will kickstart its 15th edition on January 13, 2023. India will host the event for the second time straight. The opening match will occur between Argentina and South Africa at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The big ticket event will feature 16 teams who will play 44 matches. It will kickstart with the group stages matches, which are set to conclude on January 20, 2023.
The teams will play in groups of four, and then the top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals that will be held on January 24 and 25.
The semi-finals will take place on January 27 and the final will be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on January 29. The tournament will be hosted at the Kalinga Stadium and the Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela.
The first day will feature four matches and hosts India will take on Spain in the last of those.
A complete schedule of the Men's Hockey World Cup 2023
January 13, 2023
Argentina vs South Africa (Bhubaneshwar)
Australia vs France (Bhubaneshwar)
England vs Wales (Rourkela)
India vs Spain (Rourkela)
January 14, 2023
New Zealand vs Chile (Rourkela)
Netherlands vs Malaysia (Rourkela)
Belgium vs Korea (Bhubaneshwar)
Germany vs Japan (Bhubaneshwar)
January 15, 2023
Spain vs Wales (Rourkela)
England vs India (Rourkela)
January 16, 2023
Malaysia vs Chile (Rourkela)
New Zealand vs Netherlands (Rourkela)
France vs South Africa (Bhubaneshwar)
Argentina vs Australia (Bhubaneshwar)
January 17, 2023
Korea vs Japan (Bhubaneshwar)
Germany vs Belgium (Bhubaneshwar)
January 19, 2023
Malaysia vs New Zealand (Bhubaneshwar)
The Netherlands vs Chile (Bhubaneshwar)
Spain vs England (Bhubaneshwar)
India vs Wales (Bhubaneshwar)
January 20, 2023
Australia vs South Africa (Rourkela)
France vs Argentina (Rourkela)
Belgium vs Japan (Rourkela)
Korea vs Germany (Rourkela)
January 24, 2023
First Quarterfinal (Bhubaneswar)
Second Quarterfinal (Bhubaneswar)
January 25, 2023
Third Quarterfinal (Bhubaneswar)
Fourth Quarterfinal (Bhubaneswar)
January 26, 2023
Placement matches (9th-16th)
January 27, 2023
First Semi-final (Bhubaneswar)
Second Semi-final (Bhubaneswar)
January 29, 2023
Bronze-medal match (Bhubaneswar)
Gold-medal match (Bhubaneswar)
Dilip Tirkey believes in the Indian men's hockey team
The upcoming Men's Hockey World Cup in January next year will be a great chance for India to step onto the podium. India's famous defender, Dilip Tirkey, is confident about the current Indian men's hockey team.
He believes the team have quality players who can win the world title after 47 years. India won their first and only World Cup in 1975 at Kuala Lumpur.
The World Cup next year will be hosted in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13 to 29, providing an excellent opportunity for the hosts to leave a mark.
"The current Indian men's team is a very confident unit and the performances they have been giving in recent years have made the fans really happy. I am confident they will do well in the World Cup," said Tirkey, the Hockey India president.
"I want them to put their best foot forward and play with confidence. The team has quality players." Tirkey, who formerly captained the country and competed as a part of the 1998 Asian Games gold medal-winning side, said.
He also competed for India in three World Cups and multiple Olympics. The 45-year-old, who won the Padma Shri Award in 2004, is proud to have represented India at the World Cup.
"I played my first World Cup in 1998. It was a matter of immense pride for me that I was part of the World Cup team," he said. "I was captain at an Olympics, World Cup and even an Asian Games, and it was definitely a very proud experience."
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