Sunday, December 3, 2023

EuroHockey 2023: Hosts Germany aim to add gloss to growing reach

PLUS preview guide to EuroHockey pools and insight from Germany men and women teams for showpiece in Mönchengladbach

There’s always an intimate buzz around any EuroHockey Championships. Ten days of hockey-fuelled razzmatazz and, as we’ve seen in Belgium and the Netherlands in the last two stagings, packed crowds and plenty of bouncing Euro techno for good measure.  

It will be no different in Mönchengladbach when the 2023 edition gets under way on Friday. A full-length concert by German singer and rapper Clueso will open Germany women’s bid on Friday night. Nine days later, the host nation women’s outfit will be hoping to play the EuroHockey final. Later that afternoon, football fans will drift into the same SparkassenPark! when Borussia Mönchengladbach play Bayer 04 in the Bundesliga. Football is never far away in Germany.

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What you need to know…

For both competitions, the top two in each four-team group will advance to the semi-finals and subsequent final and bronze medal match. The bottom two sides in each group will contest Pool C to determine their final ranking.

The bottom two sides in the Pool C rankings will not be relegated as happened prior to 2021; they will go into next summer’s EuroHockey qualifiers process — two tournaments per gender in 2024 where the winner will qualify for the 2025 EuroHockey Championships.

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