Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011
Auckland, New Zealand - December 3 - 11, 2011

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CT: Day 2 Previews

December 3, 2011
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Infostrada Sports provide a statistical preview of the matches that will take place on Day 2 of the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy. In Pool A, Great Britain face Australia at 12:05 (GMT +13) before Spain and Pakistan take to the field at 14:05. New Zealand do battle with Pool B rivals Korea at 16:05, with Germany and The Netherlands meeting at 18:05. 


All times listed below are local (GMT +12)

Match 5: Great Britain - Australia (4 Dec 2011, 12:05 - Pool A) 

Head-to-heads
> Australia are unbeaten in 15 Champions Trophy matches against Great Britain winning 10 and drawing five.
> Australia’s biggest CT victory over GB came in 1990 (4-0).
> Their last CT encounter dates back to 2007, when Eddie Ockenden handed Australia a 1-0 victory. 
> Earlier this year, in May 2011, Australia beat GB 2-1 at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, through PC goals by Chris Ciriello, Brent Dancer (AUS) and Richard Mantell (GBR).
> In last year’s Champions Trophy final Australia beat England 4-0 to claim their third successive Champions Trophy.

Great Britain Facts

> On Day 1, GB came back from 1-0 down to beat Pakistan 2-1 through goals by Mark Pearn and Simon Mantell.
> GB converted 1 of 6 penalty corners awarded in their first match at Auckland 2011 (16%). 
> Only Germany were awarded more penalty corners on Day 1 (0 for 7).
> Great Britain participate for the 15th time and for the first time since 2007, when they finished sixth.
> The team aims to build on the success of the England team that finished second at the 2010 Champions Trophy. That result was the best finish for an English or British team at the Champions Trophy since 1985 when Great Britain finished second.
> Great Britain are the oldest team present at Auckland 2011 - 28 years on average.

 Australia Facts

> Australia participate for a record 32nd time in a Champions Trophy tournament. They only missed out on the 2004 event.
> Australia are ranked 1st in the world. They are the reigning Champions Trophy and World champions.
> The Kookaburras aim to become the first team to win four successive Champions Trophy titles. > The Kookaburras have won each of the last three CT editions and have collected 11 CT titles in total.
> Jamie Dwyer (2 goals) is the only player to have scored more than once so far this tournament.
> Desmond Abbott is on a 4-match scoring streak in CT competition. 
> The last player to score in more consecutive CT matches for the Kookaburras was Luke Doerner (2009-2010)


Match 6: Spain - Pakistan (4 Dec 2011, 14:05, Pool A)

Head-to-heads
> Pakistan have won 8 of their 16 Champions Trophy matches against Spain losing 4 (8W-4D-4L).
> Their last CT encounter came at Kuala Lumpur 2007 and saw Pakistan win 2-0, through goals by Waqas Sharif and Akhtar Ali.
> Spain’s last Champions Trophy victory over Pakistan dates back to 2006 (3-2).
> The last world level encounter between these teams came at the 2010 World Cup and saw Pakistan beat Spain 2-1 through two goals by Abdul Haseem Khan. David Alegre scored for Spain.
 
 
Spain Facts
> At an average age of 26 years and 266 days Spain are the second oldest squad at Auckland 2011. Only Great Britain are older (28 years - 8 days).
> Spain are ranked fourth on the world ranking. Their best CT result came in 2004 when they won the Champions Trophy beating Netherlands 4-2 in the final.
> Santi Freixa is Spain’s top goalscorer in CT competition having scored 31 goals in 39 CT matches.
> Spain went down 3-2 to Australia on Day 1.
 
> Spain (0 for 4) are one of four teams that failed to score from penalty corners on Day 1.
> The Spain defence saw 1 of 5 penalty corners awarded against Spain be converted.
> Eduard Tubau scored his 20th CT goal in the match against Australia. He is now one of four Spanish players with at least 20 CT goals to his name. The others are Santi Freixa (31), Javier Arnau (27) and Pablo Amat (21).
 
 
Pakistan Facts
> Pakistan are ranked 9th in the world and are the lowest ranked team present at Auckland 2011.
> Pakistan have won the Champions Trophy 3 times and have collected 15 CT medals. Their last medal came in 2004 when they finished 3rd in Lahore.
> Pakistan lost their opening match going down 2-1 to Great Britain.
> Pakistan converted 1 of 4 penalty corners awarded in that match.
> Muhammad Imran has scored Pakistan's last 3 PC goals in CT competition. He converted once against Great Britain on Day 1 and he scored twice in Pakistan's 3-2 win over Malaysia in the 2007 Final 7-8.
> At an average age of 24 years and 91 days Pakistan is the youngest team at Auckland 2011.
> 16-year-old Muhammad Tauseeq is the youngest player at Auckland 2011 and one of four teenagers on the Pakistan team joining Muhammad Rizwan (age 17), Syed Kashif Shah (18) and Ali Shan (18).
 
> Pakistan are on 394 CT goals and need 6 more to become the third team after Australia (487  goals) and Netherlands (477) to reach 400 CT goals.


Match 7: Korea – New Zealand (4 Dec 2011, 16:05, Pool B)

Head-to-heads
> This is the first ever Champions Trophy match featuring Korea and New Zealand. 
> Six-time CT participants New Zealand and 10-time CT participants Korea have never before participated in a CT tournament together.
> These teams last met at the London Cup 4-nations tournament in July 2011, when New Zealand won 2-0 in the 1st round only to be defeated 4-3 by Korea in the final. Simon Child scored once on both occasions.
> Last May, Korea and New Zealand drew 1-1 at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, goals scored by Benjamin Collier and Jang Jong-Hyun (PC).
> The last encounter between these sides at a world level event came at the 2010 World Cup in Delhi and saw New Zealand beat Korea 2-1 through goals by Andy Hayward (PC), Dean Couzins (PS) and Lee Nam-Yong (PS).
 
 
Korea Facts
> Korea make their first CT appearance since 2009 when they finished third, their joint second best CT result after winning silver in 1999.
> Korea are currently ranked sixth in the world and are the highest ranked Asian team on the world ranking.
> Korea are the only team that were not awarded a penalty corner on Day 1 at Auckland 2011.
> Korea failed to score in CT competition for the first time since Melbourne 2009 when they were beaten 4-0 by Australia.
 
 
New Zealand Facts
> New Zealand make their 6th Champions Trophy appearance. Last year, they finished 6th and last. Their best result came at the inaugural CT in 1978 when they finished fourth (of five).
> New Zealand are currently ranked seventh in the world.
> The Black Sticks lost 2-1 to European champions Germany on Day 1, with Hugo Inglis scoring the New Zealand goal.
> Andy Hayward, Simon Child and Nick Wilson have all scored 4 goals in 7 CT matches. They are New Zealand’s top goalscorers in Champions Trophy competition.
> Dean Couzins was appointed as captain to the Black Sticks in November 2011. He takes over from Phil Burrows who has been the Black Sticks captain for the last three years.

Match 8: Netherlands – Germany (4 Dec 2011, 18:05, Pool B) 

Head-to-heads
> The Netherlands have won 12 of their 32 Champions Trophy encounters with Germany (12-11-9).
> Netherlands have won their last 4 Champions Trophy matches against Germany and are unbeaten for 8 successive CT matches against them since losing 4-3 at Lahore 2004.
> At the 2010 CT in Monchengladbach, the Dutch beat Germany 1-0 in the pool phase and 4-1 in the bronze medal match.
> This will be the fourth time these teams face each other this year. In June, Holland beat Germany 2-1 at the 4-nations Rabo Trophy in Amstelveen. In July, Netherland beat Germany 5-4 in a 4-nations tournament prior to the EuroHockey Nations Championships where Germany beat Holland 4-2 in the final to win the European championship.
 
 
Netherlands Facts
> The Dutch are in their 31st Champions Trophy campaign. Last year they claimed a bronze medal. Their last of 8 Champions Trophy titles dates back to 2006.
> Taeke Taekema is all-time top goalscorer in CT competition on 46 goals (from 53 CT matches).
> Taekema also scored the winning (PC) goal in Holland’s 2-0 victory over Korea on Day 1. Billy Bakker scored the second Dutch goal.
> The Netherlands have converted 1 of 2 penalty corners awarded at Auckland 2011.
> The Dutch are the only team that managed to keep a clean sheet on Day 1.
> Netherlands are currently ranked third in the world.
 
 
Germany Facts
> Germany are participating in their 30th Champions Trophy tournament and their 12th in succession. 
> Their last CT medal came in 2009 when they claimed silver and their last CT title dates back to 2007. 
> Germany are ranked second in the world, behind top ranked team Australia and before today’s opponents Netherlands.
> The last reigning European Champions to win the Champions Trophy were Germany in 1995.
> On Day 1 Germany beat hosts New Zealand 2-1 through field goals by Thilo Stralkowski and Christopher Wesley.
> Germany converted 0 for 7 penalty corners on Day 1.
> At 16 CT goals Jan Marco Montag is the top scorer in the current German squad in CT competition. He needs 4 more CT goals to enter the top 3 of Germany goal scorers in CT competition: Carsten Fischer (30 CT goals), Stefan Blöcher (23) and Matthias Witthaus (20). 

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