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Pakistan 11th in World Hockey Rankings

Updated Jun 25, 2014 07:51pm


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ISLAMABAD: Four-time World Cup champion Pakistan that didn't qualify this time for the mega event has been ranked 11th in the latest FIH (International Hockey Federation) Men's World Rankings released on Wednesday following the conclusion of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup.

However the winners of both the Men's and Women's World Cup Australia and the Netherlands have maintained their positions at the top of the rankings, says a press release issued here.

Argentina's men's team, who claimed third place in the World Cup after beating England 2-0, climbed four places in the rankings from 11th to 7th while both Germany (3rd) and England (5th) fall one place. Belgium now occupy the fourth spot. The top two positions in the men's rankings are reserved for the finalists of the showpiece tournament, Australia and Netherlands.

Australia's dominant 6-1 victory in the final keeps them in the top three of the men's rankings for the 11th consecutive year.

In the women's rankings, the Netherlands consolidated their place at the top of the world following their 2-0 win over Australia in final of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup on the 14 June. Meanwhile the USA team climbed two spaces to 8th having reached the semi-finals this year.

The latest world indoor rankings were also released on Wednesday following the completion of last week's Asia Indoor Cup. The indoor rankings illustrate Germany's continued success in the sport with both the men's and women's teams topping their respective global lists.

European nations continue to dominate the indoor game contributing seven of the top 10 men's teams and eight of the top 10 women's teams. The world indoor rankings will determine which teams play in which pools at the Indoor World Cup 2015, which will be hosted by Germany.

Comments (7) Closed

Umair Khalid Jun 25, 2014 03:25pm

gr8!! well done pakistan!!!

Mohammad Iqbal Jun 25, 2014 03:35pm

As long as people like Qasim Zia are at the helm of affairs in PHF, pakistan will continue to slide to bottom of the table. Not only the world cup 2014, Pakistan could not compete in minor tournaments like Azlan shah, due to non availability of funds. Very very bad . Still everybody occupying the positions in PHF and drawing hefty salaries

Sami Jun 25, 2014 03:45pm

We are in back foot every where, in Sports, in Social life, in Industry, Economy, Peace, May things get well soon

ilyas Jun 25, 2014 05:16pm

We never have seen major decision toward serious and major issues that's why we are on back foot in major matters in general. The very first thing to do is to bring the National Unity back in order at any cost and the nation will be on right track again. May Allah bless Pakistan !

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jun 25, 2014 10:01pm

What a great tragedy?

Michael Warner Jun 28, 2014 04:01am

I hope Pakistan Hockey Team get's back to number 1 in the World. I wish starts like 50's, 60's 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000 inspire the youngsters at the grass root level of this sport so new and fresh stars can develop and take Pakistan Hockey at the top level. The new Coach and some officials like Islahudddin, Shahnaz, Manzoor Sr. & Manzoor Jr. can do this uphill task.

Najma Jun 28, 2014 09:57am

Tie awards and salaries of PHF officials to Team performance.