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8 teams arrived, countdown finally over for Hockey World League
Sportslogon Team November 28th 2017

Bhubaneswar : A feast of good matches awaits hockey lovers of the State as the countdown to the much-awaited Odisha Hockey World League Finals is finally over with the coveted event starting on December 1st 2017 at Kalinga Stadium here.

Spain was the last team to reach here on Tuesday, while the participating eight teams have arrived in the city, hockey lovers from across Bhubaneswar as well as other parts of the country will be present in large numbers to cheer for their favourite hockey stars.

This event will not only bring Hockey lovers to watch best teams compete for top honours but those traveling for the event to the city will get to witness the warm hospitality of the people of Odisha as well as get a chance to explore the tourism and rich culture of the State.

The Kalinga Stadium as well as the city got a vibrant looks, with different lights, posters and wall paintings. The Biju Pattnaik International road and the road in front of the venue has been swinging with the National Flags of the participating eight countries.

Pool A teams comprise of Olympic Champions Argentina, European champions Netherlands, Olympic silver medallists Belgium and Spain. Reigning World Cup and World League Champions Australia will begin their title defence in Pool B as they take on Germany, England and hosts India.

Hosts India have only six youngsters with less than 40 matches. Led by Manpreet Singh there are eight players with more than 100 caps and Rupindar Pal Singh Mandeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Lalit Upadhyay are the experienced players, the team seems to have the right balance.

The home crowd support and advantage will be a great factor to India lifting its game and doing well. It will be a litmus test for the youngsters as well as for the new coach Sjoerd Marijne.

In the inaugural day, defending champion Australia will take on India, while German will face England. .
This news was added and updated on : November 28th 2017
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