After ten days of high-octane action featuring the 16 best junior teams on the planet, the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men Lucknow 2016 is all set to reach its climax on competition Day 11 (Sunday 18 December 2016).
At 18:00 (India Standard Time – GMT / UTC +5:30), first time finalists Belgium will go head-to-head with host nation and 2001 winners India in front of a sell-out crowd at the Lucknow’s superb Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium. With nearly 7000 cheering fans watching on, the atmosphere within the stadium will be absolutely electrifying.
Both sides will be competing for the ‘Trophee Roger Danet’, a trophy consisting of a globe being held up high by five hockey sticks which represent the five Continental Federations coming together for this event. It is a prize that has been raised by numerous hockey greats down the years. The Argentina squad that won the Junior World Cup in 2005 contained numerous players who went on to become Olympic gold medallists at Rio 2016, most notably team captain Pedro Ibarra and attacking star Lucas Vila.
Even more recently, a young Christopher Rühr inspired Germany to a second successive title at the event in New Delhi before going on to become an Olympic bronze medallist in Rio. There is no doubt that success here in Lucknow could be the foundations on which even greater glories are built.
On Sunday (18th December), the action starts with England versus the Netherlands in the 7/8 Place play-off at 11:15 (India Standard Time – GMT / UTC +5:30), with Argentina and Spain doing battle for 5th place at 13:30. Germany and Australia will compete in the bronze medal match at 15:45, which takes place ahead of the mouthwatering title match between first time finalists Belgium and 2001 title winners India at 18:00.
Fans can find scores, standings, fixtures, photos and more via the official event website on FIH.ch as well as through FIH Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #HJWC2016 and #RockTheJuniors.