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