Highlights

  • Hockey World Cup 2023 to begin on January 13 in Bhubaneshwar and Rourkela
  • Pakistan, the most successful team in World Cup, failed to qualify for 2023 edition
  • First time since 1982, India playing World Cup as an Olympic medallist

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Hockey World Cup 2023: Check interesting facts and trivia here

A total of 16 teams, including defending champions Belgium, World no. 1 Australia and two debutants Wales and Chile, will vie for the coveted trophy

Hockey World Cup 2023 will be hosted by two Indian cities: Bhubaneshwar and Rourkela in Odisha.

The marquee event will kick-start on January 13 while the final is scheduled to take place on January 29.

A total of 16 teams, including defending champions Belgium, World no. 1 Australia, and two debutants Wales and Chile, will vie for the coveted trophy.

Also read: Hockey World Cup 2023: India's schedule, venues, teams, stats, live telecast & streaming details

Interesting facts and Trivia

No Pakistan in Hockey World Cup

  • Pakistan are the most successful World Cup team
  • Men in Green, however, failed to qualify for 2023 World Cup
  • Pakistan also missed the 2014 edition


India as hosts

  • India - 1st nation to host Hockey World Cup twice in a row
  • 4th time India is hosting World Cup, most by any country
  • India also hosted WC in Mumbai 1982, Delhi 2010 & Odisha 2018

India in Hockey World Cups

  • First time since 1982, India playing WC as Olympic medallist
  • India only won WC once in 1975, beat Pakistan 2-1
  • 7th time WC is hosted by an Asian nation (India, Pakistan & Malaysia)

Defending champions & newcomers

  • World No. 2 Belgium are defending champions.
  • Wales & Chile making their men's Hockey World Cup debut
  • Belgium's John-John Dohmen: Most-capped player at 2023 WC with 436 matches

Change of nationality for two Argentine players

  • Gonzalo Peillat, 2014 World Cup top-goal scorer, to play for Germany instead of Argentina.
  • Joaguin Menini also switched sides. Menini represented Argentina in the 2014 & 2018 World Cups. He will play for Spain this time.

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