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by ssp
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Asian Games Hockey
Replies: 166
Views: 19348

Re: Asian Games Hockey

The squad for the 2018 Asian games has been announced. Akashdeep is back and Mandeep stays. I have given up on both of these two, so let's hope our PC conversions are good to get us the results. I was hoping Sumit Kumar would be fit and take Ramandeep's place. Disappointing to see Jarmanpreet droppe...
by ssp
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: General Football Discussion
Topic: 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA
Replies: 61
Views: 1497

Re: 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA

I've supported Brazil since the 82 WC, when they played the most amazing football. They haven't hit those heights ever since, but have had pretty good teams at every WC. Shame they went out as they had enough chances to win. Unfortunately, Tite picked too many poor players-Marcelo, Paulinho, Gabriel...
by ssp
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

Akashdeep and Sumit were in the original squad, but were replaced by Lalit & Simranjeet due to injuries. However, Akashdeep played for India A against Bangladesh a couple of days ago. So a few extra days of 'rest' ensured he was fit to play in a competitive match?? I've been a critic of Akashdeep fo...
by ssp
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/randomaccess/team-hockey-india-the-coach-who-speaks-their-language/ Very accurate description of our weaknesses. Too many unforced errors and trapping have blighted our teams for decades. Harendra's U21 world champions were successful because they kept posse...
by ssp
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

Our best player is Harmanpreet. Excellent skills, calm, tackles well and has a great range of passes. Surrender is a superb defender and also very calm and strong on the ball. I'm hoping Jarmanpreet gets to the level of these two. However, I feel some of players just don't cope well against such phy...
by ssp
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

Disappointing to lose the shoot out, but this match should have been won in normal time. How often have we said that against Australia in the last 40+ years. Positives: We looked solid in defence. Lots of hard running by all the team denied teams easy access into our D in every single match (a glari...
by ssp
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

Phew, just held on there. Elated to make the final. Well done to the team and Harendra. Sreejesh has been fantastic and I'd rate him as the best keeper in the world right now. For a change, the umpiring helped us on the disallowed goal at the end. This tournament's performances have exceeded my expe...
by ssp
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

Shame we couldn't hold on for the win, but inability to stay calm and lack of composure is maddening. I have seen countless matches where we supidly go defensive and still concede....usually in the last few minutes. Still we are guaranteed a bronze medal play off. That's better than expected followi...
by ssp
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

We are 3-1 down to Australia with 9 mins left. That's a decent outcome so far... :-( A PC to Australia, so expect the worst! We had too many players on the pitch at one point, so Manpreet got a yellow for that! Managed to save the 7th Oz PC and got it back to 3-2 and actually had a final minute PC t...
by ssp
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

Pakistan were reasonable in Q1 and then fell away and were lucky to lose by only 4. It was a familiar story of an Asian team lacking discipline, intensity and losing all structure so that the opposition had acres of space to run into and 2-3 passing options whilst at the other end, Pakistan were tac...
by ssp
Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

Belgium drew 1-1 with Argentina. I think one draw from the remaining 3 matches should get us into 3-4th place play off. Of course playing the final would be fantastic. For that we need 3 more points and results in the other matches to go our way. I'm hoping Pakistan can take a point or two in their ...
by ssp
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

Better performance today. We gave away a few too many PCs and made the usual silly unforced errors but held our shape and structure well to deny easy passage into our D. The stats were in our favour, apart from PCs, but that is usually the case because of the umpiring :-( I am not sure how we will c...
by ssp
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

Excellent result. Encouraging start for Harendra, and for the sake of our hockey, I hope he becomes the coach we have been yearning for since Walsh. The Pakistan game was tight and if they had taken their chances, we would struggled to get a win. However, we played in a more composed manner and didn...
by ssp
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

I watched the Belgium v Australia game and the speed and physical power of both teams (especially the Aussies) is beyond our players. They also have far superior trapping and passing skills. Our guys are prone to unforced errors and hurried or plain silly decisions all over the pitch. This releases ...
by ssp
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 1752

Re: Champions Trophy Hockey, Breda,Netherlands, June 23-July 1 2018

Actually India has a list of countries it always loses to in various sports. In hockey, there a huge list, but Australia is at the top, followed by Holland, Germany, Belgium, Argentina, England and NZL. In Commonwealth games or Olympics, the English always beat us in crucial situations. We must have...