Field hockey Eight countries will participate in next year’s men’s and women’s tournament in Mönchengladbach. Germany was one of the early qualifiers. The remaining teams are now drawn in a group mode.
In the coming year, Mönchengladbach will be the venue for a major sporting event: the European Hockey Championships for men and women will take place at the Hockey Park from August 17 to 28. It is now clear which countries are fighting for the European title. The four best-placed countries at the last European Championship in 2021 qualify automatically: for men, this applies to the Netherlands (European Champions 2021), Germany, Belgium and England; Defending champions Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Spain’s selection were also women.
The remaining four starting places for the eighth field of the European Championship have now been determined in qualifying mode with group games, implemented for the first time. No surprises: the world’s top-ranked countries won every group. For example, in the men’s group, Spain confidently secured their ticket to the European Championship with three wins and 20 goals in three matches, France easily qualified with 14:2 against Turkey, 4:1 against Ireland and 19:0 against Lithuania in the tournament in Monchengladbach. In another group, Croatia, Ukrainians, Italy The Austrian team won against – and therefore the only newcomer to the scene compared to 2021. Wales secured last place on the grid after defeating Scotland 1-0 in a crucial group match.
In the women’s competition, England won their group with three wins and 29-0 goals. Ireland qualified for the European Championship with three wins from three games. The Italian side also defeated Ukraine in their group, while Scotland won their group ahead of France. Next year’s European Championships will not only win the European title, but the two winners will qualify directly for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Field of participating women Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, England
Participating field men Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, England, Spain, Austria, France, Wales
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