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Every game has a meaning in Raipur

October 14, 2015

The eight men’s teams taking part in the Hero Hockey World League Final will be represented by the best players in the world - hockey heroes and rising stars.

With all of the teams taking part in Raipur already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, competition will be intense.

Every single game has its own history, with rivals going head to head throughout the competition as each and every one of them strive to win the coveted Hockey World League title.

The opening day will play host to one of the hottest rivalries in world hockey. A rerun of the London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal game will see Germany take on defending Hockey World League champions Netherlands.

Germany, winners of the Olympic gold medal back in 2012 and the Champions Trophy in 2014, will be looking for revenge against the Netherlands, who beat them 6-1 in the EuroHockey Championships final in London, England back in August.

A rerun of the 2014 Hockey World Cup final between Australia and the Netherlands is also possible. Whilst they will not meet in the Pools, they could meet in the latter stages of the tournament.

The Dutch will be looking to avenge their heavy 6-1 loss in the World Cup final to the Australian’s, a particularly memorable loss as it happened in front of thousands of their home fans in The Hague.

Whilst many rivalries will be renewed, there will be a number extra incentives for teams taking part in Raipur.

In addition to winning the Hockey World League title, the winners will receive an automatic qualification spot for the Champions Trophy taking place next June in Argentina.

FIH World Ranking points will also be awarded depending on the teams final standings in Raipur, which will effect each team's World Ranking position. This could prove crucial when it comes to qualification for forthcoming international hockey events.

It will also be one of the last opportunities for teams to compete against one another before they meet again in Rio next August. Not only will it give teams a chance to discover their opponents strengths and weaknesses, it also provides athletes with another opportunity to showcase their skills to their own coaches who will be monitoring player performances ahead of Olympic squad selections over the coming months.

With so many great rivalries and so much on the line, fans can expect to experience displays of exceptional skill and outstanding physical fitness, with non-stop action and plenty of goals.

It is certainly shaping up to be a fantastic event and the world is invited. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by clicking here.

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