[img_assist|nid=3469|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=220|height=144]AMSTERDAM, December 22 – Amsterdam is calling for hockey fans this Easter with the Wagener Stadium – home of Amsterdam H&BC – named as the venue for the Euro Hockey League round of 16 and round of eight fixtures.
Beeston, East Grinstead, Reading, Scotland’s Glynhill Hotel Kelburne and Ireland’s Lisnagarvey have all made the final 16 of Europe’s top-level club hockey event.
And their is a guarantee of at least one English team making into the last eight with Beeston and East Gristead taking their domestic rivalry on to the European stage.
The Wagener Stadium has hosted some of the biggest international events in hockey, including the 1973 Hockey World Cup, the 1983 and 2009 EuroHockey Nations Championships – when England won gold – as well as numerous FIH Champions Trophy events.
The 2013 KO16 competition will be the third Euro Hockey League tournament to take place at the stadium, following EHL Final Four events in 2010 and 2012.
Founded in 1892, Amsterdamsche Hockey & Bandy Club is the oldest hockey club in The Netherlands. After a period which saw various relocations, the club finally settled in the ‘Amsterdamse Bos’ around the Wagener Stadium in 1938.
The first phase of KO16 sees Europe’s top sixteen teams face each other in Round 2, to be played on Friday March 29 & Saturday March 30, 2013. A complete list of the Round 2 matches can be found below.
The winners of the Round 2 knock-out matches will reach the Quarter Finals (Round 3/KO8), with the games being played on Easter Sunday March 31 and Monday April 1, 2013.
H.C. Rotterdam (NED) v Reading HC (ENG)
KHC Dragons (BEL) v Lisnagarvey HC (IRL)
Atlétic Terrassa HC (ESP) v Amsterdam H&BC (NED)
Waterloo Ducks HC (BEL) v Berliner HC (GER)
Beeston HC (ENG) v East Grinstead HC (ENG)
HC Bloemendaal (NED) v Club de Campo (ESP)
Uhlenhorst Mülheim (GER) v Glynhill Hotel Kelburne (SCO)
Rot-Weiss Köln (GER) v Royal Léopold HC (BEL)
To see all Round 1 Results and Pool Rankings, please visit the Schedule Section of the EHL website.
EHL Final Four (Rounds 4&5) will be played on May 18/19, 2013 in conjunction with the finals of the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup for women. The venue for that event will be announced shortly after the completion of KO16.
For more information about the Euro Hockey League, see www.ehlhockey.tv.