Argentina Hockey Champions Challenge 1
Quilmes, Argentina - November 24 - 2, 2012


Excitement high on eve of Champions Trophy

November 30, 2012
A complete guide for fans on how to follow all the action
Eight teams are in Melbourne and ready to kick off the next Olympic cycle at the Champions Trophy, which begins tomorrow. Defending champion and host Australia has set the tone early after claiming the title at the recently concluded Super Series in Perth against England in a rematch of the Olympic bronze medal game. Pakistan took third and India fourth in the four-team event.

Of course, all bets are off when the tournament starts tomorrow with the field doubled to eight teams and most rosters featuring a bevy of new faces, its anyone’s guess who might come out on top of this edition of the top men’s annual hockey event.

One thing is certain, interest is high in hockey-mad Melbourne as several matches are already sold out, including those of host Australia, which will look to make it an unprecedented five-peat. Media an television interest is also at a peak as Eurosport, BBC, ABC Australia and Ten Sport will all be carrying the games from the Champions Trophy live or delayed. ABC Australia announced it would carry the matches live. In addition, all games will be live streamed for those outside the television territories on the FIH TV website

Click here for a complete list of Champions Trophy broadcasters (check your local listing for broadcast times)

Click here to go to the FIH TV live streaming channel

Up for grabs at this Champions Trophy are precious World Ranking points. Australia, which was bumped from the top spot by Olympic Champion Germany will look to reclaim the top spot with a strong showing on home turf. Meanwhile, the Dutch are looking to usher in a new era after losing several veteran players.

Pakistan is also looking to make a splash with local media reports putting pressure on the team to move their was up into the top five of the FIH World Ranking. India is also under the microscope after finishing in last place at the recently-concluded Olympics and will look to get back on track here in Melbourne.

The key for all teams will come in the quarterfinals, where the top team out of group play crosses over the meet the fourth-placed team from the other group. The second a third-seeded teams play in a similar cross-over quarterfinal. Essentially a quarterfinal loss could spell disaster for any team, regardless of their pool play showing making the day a nail-biting exhibition of pressure-packed hockey action.

There are several ways for fans from all over the globe to follow their favorite team in Melbourne. Below are links to the best resources for hockey fans to enjoy all the action of the Champions trophy.

FIH will be tweeting all games live at FIH_Hockey.

In addition, daily photo galleries and game stories will be available on the official Champions Trophy page on the FIH website

You can also follow the action on the FIH’s newly re-launched Facebook page at International Hockey Federation FIH.

Click here for the official media guide for the 2012 Champions Trophy.

Click here for a fun and different view of the Champions Trophy from the perspective of a unique fan.


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