FIH Men's Pro League 2020

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FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by jaydeep » Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:23 am

Indian men's hockey team will begin its Pro League campaign at home against world #3 Netherlands on January 18 and 19 ... Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium will host Indian men's hockey team's FIH Pro League matches ... I am surprised to see, we don't find any other venue for our matches.

Here is the complete schedule of our Pro League matches:
India's FIH Men's Pro League Schedule, Timings (IST), Venues

Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 - India vs the Netherlands - 7 pm - Bhubaneswar

Sunday, Jan 19 - India vs the Netherlands - 5 pm - Bhubaneswar

Saturday, Feb 8 – India vs Belgium - 5 pm - Bhubaneswar

Sunday, Feb 9 - India vs Belgium - 5 pm - Bhubaneswar

Friday, Feb 22 – India vs Australia - 7 pm - Bhubaneswar

Saturday, Feb 23 - India vs Australia - 7 pm - Bhubaneswar

Saturday, April 25 – Germany vs India - 5.30 pm - Berlin

Sunday, April 26 - Germany vs India - 3.30 pm - Berlin

Saturday, May 2 – Great Britain vs India - 2 pm - London

Sunday, May 3 - Great Britain vs India - 2 pm - London

Saturday, May 23 – India vs New Zealand - 7 pm - Bhubaneswar

Sunday, May 24 - India vs New Zealand - 7 pm - Bhubaneswar

Friday, June 5 – Argentina vs India - 5 pm - Tucuman

Saturday, June 6 - Argentina vs India - 5 pm - Tucuman

Saturday, June 13 – Spain vs India - 1 pm - Valencia

Sunday, June 14 - Spain vs India - 1 pm - Valencia



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by sameerph » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:18 am

Our team is selected for first 2 matches against Netherlands over this weekend-

Indian Team:
Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Krishan B Pathak
Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Gurinder Singh
Midfielders: Manpreet Singh(Captain), Chinglensana Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad,Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit,Kothajit Singh Khadangbam
Forwards: Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, SV Sunil , Gursahibjit Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh

So, experienced Chinglensana ,Kothajit and Birendra Lakra are called back in defence/ midfield as also young Gurjant in forward line. Rest is more or less same team which played in Tokyo olympic qualifiers.



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by ssp » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:36 pm

Back to 5 weaklings in the squad. Totally baffling decisions to drop Simranjeet, Sumit Kumar, Varun Kumar (both not even in the squad- so maybe injured?) and then choosing Amit Rohidas (Mr yellow card), Mandeep, Akashdeep and the new 'golden' boy, Gursahibjt. The last named was our worst forward at the recent Sultan Johor Cup. Shilanand Lakra and Dilpreet were miles better yet don't get a look in. In addition, Chinglensana comes back in!

Mandeep has been comfortably our worst player for about 6 years and yet always gets picked. With such maddening selections, we have already handicapped our chances against a team that will have no weak players.

Our selectors need to be sacked and the coach needs to relied upon to pick the best players on form, fitness and talent. :damn:



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by srini » Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:50 pm

India ahead with 1-0 with Netherlands in Q1 so far..



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by SaniaFan » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:30 pm

It is 2-2 at the end of second quarter. India was up by 2 goals in the first quarter and then conceded 2 goal in second.



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by srini » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:58 pm

It’s again back to 2 goal lead by Q3 end 4-2



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by ankit1407 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:05 pm

Leading 5-2; 12 mins to go ..



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by sameerph » Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:08 pm

Ended up with a 5-2 win for us. Second leg tomorrow.

Excellent win over a full Dutch side. Watched the match. After a loose start, Dutch seemed to have found their rhythm in second quarter. And after they equalised for 2-2, I thought they would run away with it in second half. But, was pleasantly surprised to see us dominate second half. Most of our players - Manpreet, Lalit, Rupinderpal, Harmanpret in particular were playing at the top of their game.

Dutch team did seam a bit below par though.

Would still wait for expert comments from SSP.



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by jaydeep » Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:10 pm

Impressed with our attacking game (really :D ) and penalty corner defense as we saved 8 of 9 penalty corners ... And we converted 2 from 6 penalty corners.



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by PKBasu » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:37 pm

Very impressive performance to have beaten the Netherlands 5-2. Rare indeed over the past 40 years. Let’s hope we can sustain this level of play!



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by sameerph » Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:26 pm

We are down 1-3 at halftime in second match..

Overall we had looked a better side till about 25 mins or so although the score was 1-1. Then, all of a sudden Dutch scored 2 goals in 2 mins to go 3-1 up and after they were all over us and we were lucky that it stayed only 1-3 at half time.

We need to do something special in second half to get back into this match now that they have got their confidence back.



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by sameerph » Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:58 pm

Mandeep scores of a PC rebound to make it 2-3. 9 mins to go.



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by sameerph » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:05 pm

And Rupinderpal scores of another PC to level it at 3-3 . 5 mins to go.



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by sameerph » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:24 pm

It ends 3-3 and there will be a penalty shootout to decide the winner.



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Re: FIH Men's Pro League 2020

Post by sameerph » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:43 pm

And we win 3-1 in shootout.What a comeback from 1-3 down with 10 mins to go. :clap: :clap:



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