Best Field Hockey Teams in the World (Part II)

 

Belgium

Rated third in the FIH World Ranking, Belgium holds its top position on the international score chart. They are remarkable in that they have gotten to six semi-finals at the EuroHockey National Championship, in which they earned the third position in 2007 and were the runners-up in 2013 and 2017. 

They earned gold at the 2011 Champions Challenge, the bronze medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics, silver at the 2014-15 Hockey World League, and a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, losing against Argentina for 4-2.

Netherlands

Fourth in the FIH World Ranking, Netherlands is one of the most successful teams in the history of hockey. The list of their accomplishments is really a feast for the eyes, with them winning the Hockey World Cup three times, the Hockey World League once, the Summer Olympics twice, the Champions Trophy eight times, and the EuroHockey Nations Championship three times. 

At the fourth tier in the latest ranking, two down from its best, the team is definitely at a low point in its history, but the laundry list of past honors stated above shows that the Netherlands warrants a place on this list of the best field hockey teams in the world.

India had the first non-European member of the International  Hockey Federation. 

India

Dubbed “Bharat Army” or “Men in Blue,” the Indian field hockey team was the first-ever non-European member of the International Hockey Federation. From 1928 to 1960, the team stayed undefeated in Olympic hockey, earning six consecutive gold medals. During this significant time, the team had a 30-0 winning streak, until the thread was broken with an ill-fated defeat in the 1960 finals. 

Also, India has won the 1975 World Cup at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The team is the most victorious team in the Olympics to date, the itinerary includes two bronze, eight gold, and one silver medal.

Presently, the team has its best-ever place in the FIH World Ranking, being fifth just behind the Netherlands.