Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023: India To Face Spain In Campaign Opener

The Indian hockey team will start its 2023 Hockey World Cup Campaign against Spain at the newly-built Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela on January 13 according to the schedule released by the International Federation of Hockey (FIH) on Tuesday. India, who won the bronze medal at Tokyo 2020, will face England, ranked No. 6 in the world, on January 15 at the same location. On January 19, the Indian men’s hockey team will play its final Pool D game at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, the second location for the 2023 men’s Hockey World Cup, versus Wales, ranked 16th in the world.

The Hockey World Cup 2023 will begin on January 13 and continue until January 29, with four pools of four teams battling it out for the Championship trophy. India is placed in pool D along with Spain, England and Wales.

Currently fifth in the hockey rankings, Graham Reid-coached India are the top-ranked side among the four teams in Pool D. Spain are ranked eighth in the world and have impressed of late under former Netherlands coach Max Caldas.

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