Friday, August 19, 2022

Women’s Hockey World Cup: My dark horses, key matches and predictions

Having been a part of the FIH commentary team from the 2014 World Cup hosted in The Hague, I can certainly say that the Dutch sure know how to put on a show.

Fast forward eight years and the FIH Women’s World Cup will be split between two countries, Spain and the Netherlands and I am very curious how it will pan out logistically and hope that there are no negative effects on players’ well-being. FIFA World Cups are no stranger to being shared between countries.  

Typical questions arise in the weeks building up to a World Cup; Who will win? Who will be the surprise team of the tournament? Will there be major upsets? It’s not a tournament without an upset. 

  1. Favourites 

Mentioning gold medals one would automatically think of the Netherlands. The No 1 team in the world will be favourites going into this World Cup but they have not had an easy few months with a change of coach and rumours of unrest within the camp.

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Top Scorers: Matla (NED/Gorzelany (ARG) 

Best Player: Oliva (ESP)/De Waard (NED) 

Best Goalkeeper: Sonntag (GER)/Succi (ARG) 

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