Hockey World Cup 2018: New-look Spain prepare for an additional aggressive outing at world occasion


Spanish groups have at all times been a proactive bunch that present thrills for the followers. Their capacity to financial institution on their calculative method pays dividends in each sport and all of that might be on the show after they take the sphere within the Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar.

File picture of the Spanish males’s hockey group. AFP

A brand new-look Spain guarantees to be one of many thrilling groups to observe within the World Cup. In reality, the group boasts of a recent bunch as 10 gamers left the squad after the 2016 Rio Olympics. Now, the facet will look to utilise the youthful exuberance, coupled with the expertise among the older gamers carry to the desk.

Head coach Frederic Soyez, a former French participant, has been in control of the Spanish facet for the final 4 years and has guided the group to fifth place in 2016 Rio Olympics and the European Championships. Underneath Soyez, Spain clinched the fourth spot within the Hockey World League Semifinals in Johannesburg to qualify for the World Cup.

The coach expects his facet to ruffle just a few feathers in Bhubaneswar as he believes there may be hardly any distinction between the highest 4 and the next eight. Spain gained two silver medals in 1971 and 1998 — and one bronze within the 2006 version. In India, the Redsticks might be banking on some acquainted faces comparable to Quico Cortes, Sergi Enrique, Pau Quemada, Marc Salles, Miki Delas and Xavi Lleonart, and promising skills, together with Quique Gonzalez de Castejon and Marc Bolto.

Spain began the preparations for the mega occasion in September, having performed matches thrice every week and had scheduled follow matches in opposition to high quality European sides such because the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Soyez and Co landed in Bhubaneswar six days previous to the World Cup on 23 November to acclimatise to the circumstances regardless of taking part in the HWL Finals in Bhubaneswar precisely a 12 months in the past.

Spain, who’s in Pool A, lock horns tackle Argentina of their first match on 29 November earlier than taking part in France and New Zealand on three and 6 December.

Squad: Alejandro de Frutos, Albert Beltran, Alvaro Iglesias, Diego Arana, Enrique Gonzalez de Castejon, Ignacio Rodriguez, Marc Salles, Marc Bolto, Marc Serrahima, Mario Garin, Miquel Delas, Pau Quemada, Pepe Romeu, Quico Cortes, Ricardo Santana, Sergi Enrique, Vicenc Ruiz and Xavier Lleonart.

For the remainder of the profiles of groups within the Hockey World Cup 2018, click on here.

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