The FIH Males’s hockey world cup 2023 ended with Germany lifting the trophy after an exciting penalty shootout win over Belgium on Sunday. With 249 targets scored within the event, it was one to savour, with a number of thrilling matches and upsets, together with within the knockout levels.
As ever, a compulsory train on the finish of a World Cup is to try to choose a staff of the event. Whereas there have been some standout particular person performances like that of participant of the event Niklas Wellen, some others have flown underneath the radar and but have been essential to their respective groups’ performances in Odisha this yr.
This is ESPN’s staff of the FIH Males’s Hockey World Cup 2023:
Be aware: This squad of 18 gamers just isn’t listed as 11 starters and seven substitutes, as a result of hockey’s rolling substitutions render beginning XIs a bit pointless.
Goalkeepers – Ollie Payne and Jean-Paul Danneberg
For the primary 238 minutes of England’s World Cup marketing campaign, England’s Ollie Payne was faultless, he did not concede a single objective. He even noticed Germany’s Christopher Ruhr miss a penalty stroke towards him within the quarterfinal. Within the final two minutes, all of it went pear-shaped, because the Grambusch brothers – Mats and Tom – canceled out England’s 2-0 lead, after which the shootout was determined by the person who makes our staff of the event because the shootout ‘keeper.
Jean-Paul Danneberg is 20 years outdated. Jean-Paul Danneberg is a world champion. He has change into a world champion by outwitting these mighty Belgians in a shootout. It is not even a debate that he makes it into our staff of the event regardless of not enjoying a single minute of regulation hockey within the event. Germany introduced him to Odisha for a motive, and the penalty shootout knowledgeable repaid that religion by serving to them change into world champions.
Defenders – Jeremy Hayward, Jip Janssen, Gonzalo Peillat, David Ames, and Arthur van Doren
The highest two goalscorers of the event, probably the most clutch dragflicker within the event and the leaders of two of the meanest defences within the competitors. If rotating between these 5 is not a luxurious, what’s?
In a event that noticed dragflickers battle, Australia’s Hayward did not. 9 targets within the event, finest dragflick conversion price, top-scorer. The Netherlands’s Janssen as a second dragflicker is a helpful weapon to have, too. Moreover, the Dutch solely conceded 4 targets in six matches all event. Germany’s Peillat, in the meantime, scored six targets within the event, 4 of them got here within the semifinal and closing.
A dream staff wants a dream mixture of dragflickers, and in Hayward, Janssen and Peillat, this staff has precisely that.
England’s captain Ames led his staff (and defence) admirably all through the event. His poise and talent to marshall the final line in a younger staff helped him stand out as top-of-the-line defenders within the event, and in addition one in every of its finest leaders.
Talking of leaders, there are few higher at it than van Doren although he is not the captain of his Belgian aspect. van Doren has every part a defender must have – consciousness within the circle, very good tackling capability, positioning. After which we are able to discuss his incisive passing via the traces from the again, which is without doubt one of the Belgians’ main weapons.
Midfielders – Mats Grambusch, Zach Wallace, Victor Wegnez, John-John Domhen, and Sean Findlay
Rainbow armband-wearing, hard-running, technically-brilliant World Cup-winning captain Mats Grambusch additionally leads our Group of the Event. Grambusch’s spirit as captain definitely rubbed off on the remainder of his staff as properly, and like them, he too performed his finest hockey in adversity, as proven by targets within the quarterfinal and closing, each video games during which he scored after the fiftieth minute, whereas his staff had been trailing.
Wallace and Dohmen play an analogous place however they’re a research in contrasts in find out how to play that place. Wallace is all-action – flashy stickwork, velocity of thoughts and toes with the ball, every part related to circle-to-circle goodness. Dohmen then again typically reminds you of somebody on a leisurely night stroll. His capability to regulate hockey matches regardless of minimal operating and talent to play passes with out taking a contact to regulate the ball initially makes him very tough to learn for opponents.
Each staff wants one world-class first rusher, and our dream staff has that in Wegnez. He made 17 blocks within the event. Teen Findlay makes our staff of the event as one of many different all-action midfielders. His event was exemplified by the match he performed towards India within the crossover stage, the place his operating and shut management left the hosts terrified on the night time.
Forwards – Niklas Wellen, Tom Boon, Tom Craig, Thierry Brinkman, Koen Bijen and Nicholas Bandurak
Participant of the event, immense work price, at all times in the precise positions to attain targets: Niklas Wellen is an automated choose on this staff. And so is Tom Boon. Whereas he was at all times a intelligent ahead who took up wonderful positions to go together with his artful ending, this event noticed Boon step up within the absence of Alexander Hendrickx, to change into the Belgians’ lead dragflicker in the course of the knockout levels.
Craig and Bandurak each would’ve hoped for his or her performances to have gone up a notch in the course of the knockout phases of the event, however their performances to get their respective groups so far as they did should not be ignored.
The Dutch duo of Brinkman and Bijen had been a part of a aspect whose 32 targets within the event wasn’t matched by anybody else. If Janssen’s penalty corners gave opponents one sort of hassle, the trickery and velocity of Brinkman and Bijen posed a totally totally different sort of problem.
The six forwards in our staff of the event all confirmed velocity and nifty stickwork, all a pre-requisite in modern-day hockey, whereas additionally being calm sufficient to maintain their heads in entrance of objective.
Coach – Andre Henning
German head coach Henning’s ardour and pleasure was seen within the dugout throughout each recreation, however what’s not tangible is the perspective and the spirit that he has constructed into this group of German gamers.
For a staff to be 2-0 down within the quarterfinal, semifinal, and closing, and but change into world champions is a monumental achievement. There was no fortune concerned in Germany profitable this World Cup. As Peillat stated after their semifinal, this was a well-drilled staff with every participant’s position clearly outlined and a coach who trusted his gamers to ship on the pitch with the techniques he’d given them.
Inside his first yr within the job, Andre Henning took Germany again the place they really feel they belong in world hockey. The very prime.
A pure choose for the coach of this World Cup dream staff.