The Men’s Hockey World Cup is a quadrennial (ever 4 years) field hockey that is governed by the International Hockey Federation. This year, the World Cup will start on the 28th of November and finish up on the 16th of December, 2018. It will take place at the Kalinga Stadium located in Bhubaneswar, India. If you are planning to watch the cup, there are several broadcast options. However, if you are traveling, want to watch specific coverage, or don’t have access to the sources, you will need to use a VPN.
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Pakistan’s Air Marshal, Nur Khan, first conceived the idea of the Men’s World Cup in 1969. World Cup participants played the first one in Barcelona, Spain instead of Pakistan. That is because of political turmoil. It was then that the FIH decided to move the tournament to neutral grounds. At that time, 12 teams competed in the cup. Ironically, Pakistan won the first World Cup. The largest World Cup to date took place in 2002. That year, 16 teams competed in the tournament.
As we mentioned, the venue for the cup is the Kalinga Stadium located in Bhubaneswar, India. The foundation stone was laid by Biju Patnaik in 1978. It is in the heart of Bhubaneswar near Nayapalli area. Other sports contested there include football (soccer for Americans), tennis, track and field events, volleyball, wall climbing, swimming, and more. 50,000 fans can fit into the arena, and a sell out for this tournament is likely.
Let’s take a look at the 16 teams competing in the cup this year.
- New Zealand
- South Africa
Of those teams we just mentioned, Pakistan is the most successful with 4 titles. That is followed by a 2-way tie between the Netherlands and Australia. Germany has 2 titles, and India has 1 title. None of the other teams have ever won the Hockey World cup.
Now to the important part. Some providers will have coverage for the cup. The best way to watch is by using StarSports. They are also said to have coverage on youtube. If you do not have access to either one, you would need to use a VPN. Since Star Sports is only available in India, You would want to connect to a server there. Otherwise, you can always view it by using other sources.
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