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Hockey World Cup — Facts and Feats

The first Hockey World Cup was held in 1971. The 2018 edition will be the ...

Hockey World Cup — Facts and Feats
Paul Litjens of Holland is the all-time leading scorer in hockey World Cup

The first Hockey World Cup was held in 1971. The 2018 edition will be the 14th.

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS

All-time top scorer: Paul Litjens (Holland)25 goals

Highest number of goals in a single edition: Paul Litjens (Holland:  15 in 1978)

Most appearances: Ties Kruize (Holland) six appearances

Highest number of golds: Akhtar Rasool (Pakistan): 3 golds (1971, 78 & 82); also has a silver from 1975

Top scorer in two editions: Taeke Taekema (Holland) in 2006 & 2010 (joint)

First ever goal in World Cup: Winfried Maier (West Germany vs Argentina)

First hat trick: Tanvir Dar (Pakistan vs Australia, 1971)

Hat trick in final: Chris Ciriello (Australia vs Holland, 2014)

Fastest hat trick: Qasim Zia (Pakistan vs New Zealand) in 1986: Three goals off penalty corners in five minutes

Two have won the World Cup as player as well as head coach/manager: Australia’s Ric Charlesworth captained Australia in 1986 victory and was Australia’s head coach when they won in 2010 and 2014. Pakistan’s Abdul Rasheed Jr was a member in 1971 and manager in 1994.

In 1994, Pakistan won the World Cup scoring 12 goals in total. Eight were scored by Kamran Ashraf. This contribution of 67% is the highest by a member of World Cup-winning side.

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TEAM RECORDS

Highest number of goals in a single edition: 38 by Pakistan in 1982

Biggest goal difference: 31 by Pakistan in 1978 (35 for and four against)

Least number of goals conceded: Three by India in 1971

Biggest win: Australia beat South Africa 12-0 in 2010

Most one sided final: Australia defeated Holland 6-1 in 2014

Most victories on the trot: Pakistan 15 wins (first match of 1978 World Cup to the final of 1982). Coming into the 2018 World Cup, Australia have won their last 13 World Cup matches.

Pakistan hold the record for scoring most goals in a single edition of the World Cup

Pakistan hold the record for scoring most goals in a single edition of the World Cup

MISCELLANEOUS

India will become only the second country to have hosted the World Cup thrice. The first was Holland.

Holland: 1973, 1998 and 2014

India: 1982, 2010 and 2018

 

Successful Hosts:  Holland won in 1973 and 1998 & Germany in 2006

Ijaz Chaudhry

Ijaz Chaudhry
The author is a freelance sports journalist. He may be reached at [email protected]

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