Men's Champions Trophy 2011 - Australia v Spain
Men's Champions Trophy 2011 - Australia v Spain
(Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

It's Gold medal day here in Auckland at the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy, and there are four thrilling matches ahead.

Pakistan and Korea play for 7th place at 10.35 (GMT +13) before Great Britain take on Germany at 13.05 in the quest for 5th and a place in the next edition of the Champions Troply.

Host nation New Zealand play the Netherlands in the Bronze medal match at 15.35 which is expected to be watched by another sell-out crowd. The Black Sticks men will be aiming to repeat the success of their women's team who claimed Bronze at the Rabo Champions Trophy in Amstelveen earlier this year. A third place finish would cap a remarkable and memorable year for New Zealand hockey.

The tournament final takes place at 18.05 and promises to be an absolutely thrilling contest between two incredible hockey teams - Australia, the world number one side, and the resurgent Spain. The Europeans will be looking to avenge the 3-2 defeat that they suffered against the World Champions on the first day of the tournament, but Australia - complete with 2011 FIH Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer and 2011 FIH Young Player of the Year Matthew Swann  - will go into the match as heavy favourites.

Infostrada Sports have provide a statistical preview of the matches that will take place on Day 6 of the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy. These can be found below. 

 

7-8 Classification: Pakistan – Korea (11Dec 2011, 10:35) - Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011

Head-to-heads

> Pakistan have won 4 of 8 Champions Trophy matches against Korea (4W – 2D – 2D).
> Pakistan are unbeaten in their last 5 CT encounters with Korea (3 wins, 2 draws) since losing 4-3 in 1998.
> Pakistan’s biggest CT win over Korea came in the 1997 Final 5-6 (6-2) and earlier this tournament in Pool D when Pakistan trashed Korea 6-2.
> Korea’s biggest CT win over Pakistan was their first encounter in 1997 (3-1).
> In May 2011, Pakistan beat Korea 4-2 at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after coming back from 1-0 and 2-1 down.
> At the 2010 Asian Games in Guangahou (China), Pakistan beat Korea 1-1 (4-3 ps) in the semifinal and went on to win the championship and a ticket to the London Olympics. 

Pakistan Facts

> Auckland 2011 is the third CT tournament with 8 teams participating following Amstelveen 1987 and Kuala Lumpur 2007. On both previous occasions Pakistan finished 7th.
> The only previous Final 7-8 played in CT competition came at Kuala Lumpur 2007 and saw Pakistan defeat Malaysia 3-2 to finish 7th.
> Muhammad Imran scored twice in that match, including the golden goal from a penalty corner in extra time (73’).
> The only time Pakistan finished last in a CT tournament was at Brisbane 1999 (6th).
> Pakistan have the highest PC success rate at Auckland 2011 (35%) having scored 5 from 14 penalty corners.
> Pakistan are the only team to have scored more PC goals (5) than field goals (4).
> Pakistan have conceded the most PC goals. They conceded 8 PC goals from 26 penalty corners awarded to their opponents.
> Captain Muhammad Imran is Pakistan’s top scorer at Auckland 2011 on 3 goals all from penalty corners. Abdul Haseem Khan scored twice so far (2FG).
> At age 16, Muhammad Tauseeq is the youngest player and goalscorer at Auckland 2011.
> At age 36, injured Sohail Abbas is the oldest player and goalscorer at Auckland 2011. 

Korea Facts

> Korea’s lowest CT rank before Auckland 2011 was sixth (and last) in 1997, 2001 and 2002.
> Korea have scored fewest PC goals at Auckland 2011. 1 from 15 gives them a 6% success rate.
> Korea faced only 15 penalty corners. However they conceded 5 PC goals.
> Korea’s Jang Jong-Hyun has scored 13 goals in his 18 CT matches, but is yet to score this tournament. Only Song Seung-Tae (17) and Yeo Woon-Kon (14) have scored more CT goals for Korea.
> Nam Hyun-Woo and Seo Jong-Ho are Korea’s top scorer on 2 goals.
> Kim Young-Jin is the only player to have seen two (green) cards at Auckland 2011.
> With almost 200 caps under his belt You Hyo-Sik is the most experienced player on the Korean team.
> You Hyo-Sik and Pakistan goalkeeper Salman Akbar are team mates at Dutch side Laren.


5-6 Classification: Germany – Great Britain (11Dec 2011, 13:05) - Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011

 Head-to-heads

> Germany are unbeaten in 13 CT encounters with Great Britain, recording 10 wins and 3 draws.
> Germany have won their last 5 CT matches against GB, since drawing 1-1 in 1991.
> Earlier this tournament, Germany beat England 2-1 in Pool D, goals scored by Martin Zwicker, Jan-Marco Montag (PC) and Glenn Kirkham. Montag’s match winning PC goal only came in the last minute of the match.
> Germany’s biggest CT victories over GB came in 2007 (4-0) and in 2000 (also 4-0).
> Germany’s last encounter with England came last August, at the European Nations Cup and saw Germany beat England 3-0.
> England’s last win over Germany came in July 2011, at the 4-nations Rabo Trophy in Amstelveen (3-2). 

Germany Facts

> Germany have been in the Final 5-6 four times winning twice (2004 and 2008) and losing twice (1998 and 2003).
> Germany have won 3 of their 5 matches at Auckland 2011 including their encounter with GB (2-1).
> Germany (5-0 vs Pakistan) and Netherlands (2-0 vs Korea are the only teams to have kept a clean sheet at Auckland 2011.
> Germany have a PC success rate of 17% (3 for 17) this tournament.
> Germany have not conceded a single any penalty corner goals yet. They faced 19 PCs.
> Tobian Mantani and Jan-Marco Montag are Germany's top scorers at Auckland 2011 on 3 goals.
> Montag is on 19 CT career goals and needs one more to equal Matthias Witthaus as active German player with most CT goals. German record holder is Carsten Fischer on 30 CT goals. 

Great Britain Facts

> England/GB have lost their last 3 knock-out matches in CT competition: GB lost the 2007 Final 5-6 to Spain (4-2), England lost the 2009 Final 5-6 to Spain (5-2) and England lost the 2010 Final 1-2 to Australia 4-0.
> GB/England’s last win in a knock-out match came in 2001 when they beat Korea 3-3 (6-5ps) in the Final 5-6.
> Simon Mantell, Mark Pearn and James Tindall are GB top goalscorers so far on 2 goals.
> GB have converted 3 of 21 penalty corners this tournament (14%).
> GB have conceded 4 goals from 17 penalty corners.
> Great Britain are the oldest team at Auckland 2011 with an average age of 28 years.
> 19-year-old Harry Martin can become the third teenager to score for GB or England in CT competition joining Mark Pearn (age 18) in 1995 and Simon Nicklin (age 19) in 1992.


Bronze Medal Match: New Zealand – Netherlands (11Dec 2011, 15:35) - Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011 

Head-to-heads

> Netherlands have won 3 of 5 Champions Trophy matches against New Zealand, but are winless in their last 2.
> At Auckland 2011 New Zealand came back from 3 goals down to draw 3-3 with the Dutch in Pool B.
> At Monchengladbach 2010, New Zealand beat the Netherlands (3-1) through goals by Simon Child, Andy Hayward (PC), Blair Hilton and Teun de Nooijer (PS).
> Holland’s last CT win over the Black Sticks dates back to 2004 (5-2). This is also their biggest CT win over New Zealand.
> Holland’s last win over New Zealand in official matches came at the 2010 World Cup (3-1) goals by Ronald Brouwer, Taeke Taekema (PC), Jeroen Hertzberger and Phillip Burrows. 

Netherlands Facts

> Netherlands play in the third place play-off for the 5th year in succession.
> The Dutch play in a CT bronze medal match for a record 12th time. They claimed the bronze medal in 6 of their 11 previous Final 3-4 matches since the introduction of the format in 1992.
> Craig Davies (AUS), Jeroen Delmee (NED) and Teun de Nooijer (NED) share the record for most CT medals (12). Teun de Nooijer breaks the record if the Netherlands clinch bronze in Auckland.
> The Dutch are winless in their last 3 matches, since winning their first two matches at Auckland 2011 vs Korea (2-0) and Germany (3-2).
> The last time Netherland failed to win in 4 successive CT matches was in 2008 (last 4 matches of that tournament).
> Billy Bakker has scored 4 goals in 5 matches at Auckland 2011. He only failed to score against Spain.
> Netherlands (2-0 vs Korea) and Germany (5-0 vs Pakistan) are the only teams to have kept a clean sheet at Auckland 2011.
> Goalkeepers Pirmin Blaak (NED) and Stephen Graham (NZL) are 2 of 3 players that have not seen any action at Auckland 2011. The other player is Spain’s goal keeper Xavi Castillano (ESP).

New Zealand Facts

> New Zealand will play in the third place play-off for the first time in CT history.
> The Black Sticks can emulate their best CT result, which was fourth place (of five) at the inaugural CT in 1978 when a round robin competition was held.
> New Zealand’s only win in 5 matches at Auckland 2011 came against Korea 6-1.
> The Black Sticks’ biggest achievement this tournament was coming back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with the Netherlands and thus secure a berth in the medal Pool.
> New Zealand are on 3 for 15 in terms of penalty corners converted (20%).
> New Zealand have only conceded 2 PC goals from 17 attempts.
> Andy Hayward is New Zealand’s top scorer on 3 goals this tournament.
> Hayward is also New Zealand’s all-time top scorers in CT competition on 7 goals, all from penalty corners.
> Simon Child and Nick Wilson are team mates with Roderick Weusthof, Robert van der Horst, Jeroen Hertzberger and Pirmin Blaak at Dutch side HC Rotterdam.

Gold Medal Match: Australia – Spain (11Dec 2011, 18:05) - Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011

General

> On only two occasions did the winner of the last Men's Champions Trophy held before the Olympic Games go on to win the gold medal at the Olympics. In 1992 Germany won both events and in 2000 Netherlands achieved this feat.

Head-to-heads

> Australia will take on Spain for the 24th time in Champions Trophy competition (15W - 5D - 3L).
> The Kookaburras have won their last 4 CT encounters with Spain and are unbeaten in their last 5, since losing 3-2 at Kuala Lumpur 2007.
> Luke Doerner is Australia’s top goalscorers in CT matches against Spain (5 goals). Only Teun de Nooijer (NED) has scored more CT goals against Spain (8).
> In the opening match at Auckland 2011 Australia beat Spain 3-2 coming back from 2-1 down. This is the only time Australia fell behind this tournament.
> At Melbourne 2009, Australia beat Spain 10-3. Thirteen is still the record for most goals in a CT match.
> In the 2008 CT final Australia beat Spain 4-1, goals scored by Des Abbott, Jamie Dwyer (PS), Eddie Ockenden and Eli Matheson. Xavier Ribas (PC) scored for Spain.
> Last year, Australia beat Spain 2-0 at the World Cup in Delhi and 3-1 at the Champions Trophy in Monchengladbach.

Australia Facts

> Australia are aiming to become the first team to win fourth successive Champions Trophies.
> Ric Charlesworth is aiming to become the first coach to win 3 successive CT titles since Klaus Kleiter led Germany to victory in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
> Australia have won the last three major championships: the 2009 and 2010 Champions Trophies and the 2010 World Cup.
> Australia will extend their competition record number of medals from 25 to 26.
> Australia have won all 5 of their matches at Auckland 2011.
> The teams to have won all matches at a single CT edition are Australia (2010), Germany (2001) and Netherlands (2000). Pakistan won all four Round Robin matches in 1978 and all six in 1980.
> The Kookaburras are on a 13-match winning streak in CT competition. This is the longest winning streak in CT history.
> Australia have won all 10 Champions Trophy matches in which Des Abbott scored a goal.
> Jamie Dwyer and Luke Doerner can win their fifth CT gold medal equaling the Australian record held by Craig Davies and Graham Reid.
> Only 5 players have won more (6) CT titles: Jeroen Delmee, Teun de Nooijer, Guus Vogels, Sander van der Weide (NED) and Carsten Fischer (GER).

 Spain Facts

> Spain are in a CT final for the third time. In 2004 they beat Netherlands 4-2 to win their only CT title till date. In 2008 they claimed silver going down 4-1 to Australia in the final.
> Eight players in the current squad were also on the team that won the Champions Trophy in 2004. They are: Alex Fábregas, David Alegre, Francisco Cortés, Ramón Alegre, Santi Freixa, Sergi Enrique, Juan Fernandez and Pau Quemada.
> Spain have scored most goals so far (20), one more than Australia (19).
> Spain have scored the 2 fastest goals at Auckland 2011, scoring in the 2nd minute against both Pakistan and Netherlands.
> Spain have converted 5 of 20 penalty corners (25%).
> Spain have conceded 2 PC goals from 22 PCs they faced.
> Eduard Tubau (5 goals) and Gabriel Dabanch (4 goals) are Spain’s top scorer so far this tournament. Only Australia’s Jamie Dwyer has score more goals at Auckland 2011 (7)
> Santi Freixa is Spain’s top goalscorer in CT competition having scored 34 goals in 43 CT matches.