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ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WORLD CUP
1. World Cup in any sport is a prestigious tournament. In terms of importance, World Cups come second only to Olympics.
2. World Cup for hockey was introduced in 1971, exactly 63 years after hockey was first played in the Olympics in 1908.
3. World Cup is a majestic gold and silver trophy. Its weight is 11.56 kg. Its height is 65 centimeter. The trophy is made of 900 grams of gold and about 7 kilograms of Silver and 350 grams of Ivory.
4. First World Cup was allotted to Pakistan, but had to be shifted to Spain in the last moment due to political reasons.
5. First World Cup was held in October 1971 in the city of Barcelona, Spain.
6. India won the bronze. It defeated Kenya in the match for the Bronze medal. Indian captain was Ajit Pal Singh, who was playing hockey for Border Security Force then.
7. Two years later in 1973, another World Cup was held, again in Europe. Twelve countries assembled at the city of Amsterdam in Holland to fight for the World Cup honours.
8. Indian team was led by MP Ganesh, and it reached the final. However, the host nation Holland defeated India in the final. India returned with silver in its bag.
9. When the World Cup was held two years later in Asia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, India was a happy lot. Ajit Pal Singh was the captain. India defeated Malaysia in the semifinal and met Pakistan in the final on 15th March 1975. Pakistan scored only a goal while India replied with two goals. Ashok Kumar scored the winning goal to give India its first World Cup.
10. After 1975, World Cup was held every three years. India did not perform well in other World Cups. 1978 World Cup was held in South American continent in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and in Bombay in 1981-82.
11. After Bombay, World Cups were held regularly every four years.
12. Till 1982 World Cups were held on natural grass grounds after which it had been held only on synthetic grass grounds.
13. Pakistan have won the World Cup four times; Holland thrice and Germany twice. India and Australia won the World Cup once.
14. India is among the few countries who participated in all the 12 World Cups held so far.
15. The last World Cup was held in Germany, which the hosts won defeating Australia in the final.
16. The next World Cup will be held in New Delhi at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in February-March 2010.
17. In New Delhi, 12 countries will play, aiming to win the World Cup. India is one among them.
18. In the last World Cup in Germany, India’s rank was 11th.
19. This time India is preparing well for the New Delhi World Cup. A coach from Spain, Jose Brasa, is training the Indian team for the World Cup. He is assisted by two Indian coaches Harendera Singh and Romeo James. To prepare for the World Cup, Indian team toured Europe and Canada to get international exposure. Indian team is having a captain for each tour.
20. India’s current captain is Rajpal Singh. He plays for Indian Oil Corporation and is from Chandigarh. He was member of the Indian team that won the Gold in 2001 Junior World Cup and 2007 Asia Cup.
21. India produced lot of stars in the World Cup. Ashok Kumar and Dhanraj Pillay are the only two Indians who played in four World Cups.
22. Orissa’s Dilip Tirkey was the captain in the last World Cup held in Germany. He plays for Air India and lives in Bhubneswar.
23. Many Indians scored lot of goals in the World Cup. Rajinder Singh scored 12 goals in Mumbai World Cup in 1981-1982.
24. India is expected to do well at the home World Cup in 2010.
25. Hero Honda is the official sponsor of the 2010 World Cup, New Delhi.
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