Last week, reigning Olympic and European champions Germany revealed the squad that will be aiming to become the first ever winners of the Hockey World League at the Hero HWL Final event in New Delhi, India.
Team coach Markus Weise has selected an strong and incredibly experienced group in a bid to lift the silverware. The team will be captained by 29-year-old attacking midfielder Oliver Korn, a player who has made over 150 international appearances for Germany. A further six players have in excess of 100 caps - Linus Butt (104), Martin Häner 118), Oskar Deecke (157), Tobias Hauke (214), Benjamin Wess (160) and Martin Zwicker (101).
An impressive, powerful looking forward line will be led by giant striker Thilo Stralkowski and instinctive goal-scorer Florian Fuchs, the FIH Young Player of the Year for 2012.
The team also includes midfielder Jan-Philipp Rabente, who famously netted two goals as Germany claimed Olympic Gold by defeating the Netherlands in the final at London 2012.
Remarkably, the squad does not contain any players from the U-21 team that became Junior World Cup champions at last month’s event in New Delhi. The youngest and most inexperienced player selected is 22-year-old Dan Nguyen Luong who has eight caps, while 34-year-old goalkeeper Tim Jessulat is the oldest member of the group. Max Müller, Christopher Zeller and Moritz Fürste miss the competition for various reasons.
"For us, the tournament in New Delhi, even if it is still relatively far away from the World Cup, is an extremely important tournament", said Markus Weise. "Almost all the other nations are coming with very strong teams, in which there will be only marginal changes to what they will use at the World Cup.”
Germany - who were winners of the Hockey World League Semi Final event in Johor Bahru, Malaysia last year - begin their title challenge on Friday 10th January when they take on Pool A rivals New Zealand, before doing battle with England (Saturday) and India (Monday) later in the week. Pool B consists of Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, and Argentina.
The full Germany squad selected for the event can be found below.
Remember, the FIH will be providing full coverage of the glorious conclusion to the Hockey World League on all of its channels, including live streaming on www.youtube.com/fihockey . More information about the tournament can be found by clicking here.
|Shirt #||Name||Date of Birth||Age *||Caps|
|1||JACOBI Nicolas (GK)||13-04-1987||26||54|
|14||RABENTE Jan Philipp||03-07-1987||26||97|
|18||KORN Oliver (C)||10-06-1984||29||153|
|25||NGUYEN LUONG Dan||08-12-1991||22||8|
|31||JESSULAT Tim (GK)||19-09-1979||34||52|
All team lists are subject to change until the end of the Team Managers meeting on Thursday 9th January.
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