Hockey is obvious a competitive sport. Where soccer (football to some) involves just running with your feet, hockey entails the added fascination of a small ball moved around by a long stick the players are always bent over. The game is a huge Olympic event, producing adrenaline rushes through the bloodstreams of its vast number of Field Hockey is the national sport of major countries such as India, Canada, and Pakistan.
With three World Cups under its belt (1986, 2010 and 2014), the Australian men’s field hockey team (dubbed the Kookaburras), is truly the apple of any hockey fan’s eyes. They held the top spot in the FIH World Ranking of 2018, earning a lucky 1906 points. They are the only team that has the record of five consecutive wins in the Champions Trophy from 2008 to 2012.
The panache of the Australian national team can be noticed from the fact that while the top-ranking they have ever held is number 1, the lowest they have been put to is just number 3. No other team on earth possesses such stellar records.
As their logo proudly shows, the Argentina men’s hockey teams are referred to as The Lions (“Los Leones”). Currently, they are in the second position in FIH World Rankings, right behind Australia, pushed there from their first position in late 2017. Argentina is the only team that succeeded in getting a gold medal for the Americas at the Olympic Games. In 2016 at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, they defeated Belgium with a 4-2 win.
The Argentina field hockey team is prominent in the fact that they have been in every Hockey World Cup since 1973, though their best position has sadly been 3rd, earning a bronze medal in the 2014 World Cup at The Hague.