Team includes players from world’s top nations as per the FIH rankings: Australia are the reigning World Champions while Argentina are the current Olympic Champions. Netherlands are the European Champions. Germany are 5th ranked. Legendary Pakistani drag flicker Sohail Abbas will also play for the World XI It is a good blend of youth and experience.
Hockey World XI PLAYERS:
-Rob Reckers (Netherlands)
Forward. 209 international caps
Olympic Silver, European Championships Gold, Three Champions Trophy Golds
-Roderick Weusthof (Netherlands)
One of the most fearsome penalty corner experts of his time. 79 International goals
Olympic Silver, European Championships Gold, Champions Trophy Gold
– Matthijs Brouwer (Netherlands)
211 matches & 68 goals Olympic Silver, World Cup Bronze, European Championships Silver, Three Champions Trophy Golds
-Hiddi Turkstra (Netherlands)
Not even 20. International debut at the age of only 15 in 2013. Played at the 2016 Olympics.
-Philip Meulenbroek (Netherlands)
Plays for Kampong Hockey Club, who won the Dutch national title after 32 years. Also won European Hockey League title with the club.
-Phillip Burrows (New Zealand)
-NZ’s most capped player (343) & top field goal scorer (150)
-CW Games Silver & Bronze
-Kyle Pontifex (New Zealand)
Goalkeeper: Played in three Olympics
Former captain of Spain. Olympics Silver, European Championships Gold, Champions Trophy Gold at Lahore. Former FIH Young Player of the Year.One of the three inaugural inductees in the European Hockey Federation Hall of Fame
-Roc Oliva (Spain)
Also known as ‘Metra’ Silver medal at Olympics & European Championships
-David Alegre (Spain)
Midfielder played at four Olympics. Silver at Olympics. Gold European Championships. Champions Trophy gold. His brother Ramon is also a hockey international.
-Grant Schubert (Australia)
Has Gold medals from all the big title events: Olympics, World Cup, Commonwealth Games. Three Champions Trophy Gold Medals. Former FIH Young Player of the Year.
-Benni Wess (Germany)
Defender/Midfielder. Double Olympic gold medallist, World Cup Silver, European Championships Gold. Younger brother of former German hockey captain Timo Wess.
-Justus Scharowsky (Germany)
Mid fielder. World Cup Gold, Olympic Bronze, Champions Trophy Gold
-Aguistin Bugallo (Argentina)
Has played 24 internationals. Silver Medal from Hockey World League final in 2017. Gold Medal 2017 Pan American Cup.
-Nahuel Salis (Argentina)
Midfielder & Drag Flicker: Silver Medal from Hockey World League final in 2017. Plays professional club hockey in Belgium.
-Diego Paz (Argentina)
Midfielder. Silver Medal from Hockey World League final in 2017.
-Sohail Abbas (Pakistan)
Legendary drag flicker holds world record for most goals in international hockey with 348 goals. Still active in Pakistan’s domestic circuit
OTHER WORLD RECORDS:
- Highest number of goals in a calendar year: 60 goals
- Fastest to score 100 goals in international hockey: two years six months and 18 days.
- Fastest to score 200 goals in international hockey: five years five months and 16 days.
Hall of Fame (International Players)
-Paul Litjens (Netherlands)
The most fearsome penalty corner striker of his time. He played 177 matches with the Dutch national team, scoring 268 goals, an international record he held from 1982 to 2004. Sohail Abbas broke his record. Member of Netherlands’ first ever World Cup winning team of 1973 and also when they first won the Champions Trophy in 1981 in Karachi. Top scorer at 1976 Olympics.
-Floris Jan Bovelander (Netherlands)
Another phenomenal penalty corner expert from Holland. Top scorer at 1990 World Cup with nine goals when Netherlands defeated hosts Pakistan 3-1 in the final, scored two goals in the final. Also has Olympic gold (1996), World Cup Silver 1994.
-Christain Blunck (Germany)
Born in Hamburg, Germany‘s major hockey centre, hockey was in his blood. Mother Greta Blunck was a German hockey star of 1950s and 1960s.
The highlight of his long international career (1989-98) was the 1992 Olympics where Germany won the gold after 20 years. Blunck played a major role in that triumph — he was declared Player of the Tournament. He also captained Germany and has a silver medal from the 1990 World Cup in Lahore.
-Juan Escarre (Spain)
The midfielder appeared in 256 Internationals. Played in three Olympics. Won silver at 1996 Olympics, World Cup silver in 1998. Captain of the European Nations Cup gold medal winning team in 2005 and also Captain of the Champions Trophy gold medal winning team in 2004 in Lahore.
-Don Prior (Australia)
Australian is one of the most distinguished Umpires in the game of Hockey: He Umpired at Two Olympic Finals 1988 & 1996, and also the World Cup final of 1994 won by Pakistan.
-Rob Lathouwers (Netherlands)
Comes from the most distinguished family of hockey umpires
Rob’s father Guust Lathouwers umpired in 67 international games including as many as three Olympics.
Guust’s younger brother Piet Lathouwers umpired in 65 including two Olympics.
Little wonder, Rob started umpiring at the age of 18.
A keen player before he took the whistle. Rob stopped playing the game and fully committed himself to umpiring.
The umpiring career lasted 26 years. At the age of 44 years, he decided to quit and again switched from the whistle to the stick. What an eventful umpiring career he had: 158 international matches including three Olympics, two World Cups and 11 editions of the Champions Trophy.
-Islahuddin, Shahnaz Sheikh, Samiullah, Akhtar Rasool, Hasan Sardar, Shahbaz Ahmad
The dashing right winger possessed lightning speed, the ability to cross and in the latter part of his career, especially as the captain, he became a wonderful scorer as well. 1978 was his and indeed Pakistan hockey’s annus mirabilis: Under his captaincy, Pakistan won the World Cup, Asian Games and 1st Champions Trophy. Also captained Pakistan at the 1975 World Cup (silver medal). Was also a member of 1st World Cup winning squad in 1971. As the manager, he guided Pakistan to World Cup silver (1990), and Olympic bronze (1992).
For the entire decade of 1970s, he remained one of the most feared forwards in the world. Originally a left out, he later played at the left in and centre forward positions mostly, and even as the right in- and was equally successful. This depicts his versatility. His medal tally includes two World Cup golds and one silver plus an Olympic silver and bronze.
Winning a World Cup gold is every hockey player’s dream, Akhtar Rasool has as many as three of them (1971, 78 & 82, when he was also the captain) plus one silver. The centre half was the true pivot of the team and a wonderful distributer. Also had wonderful anticipation and recovery which made him equally effective in the defence.
‘Flying Horse’ was the finest left winger of his time and may be of any period. His lightening raids shattered all the defences. Played for Pakistan from 1973-82, has two World Cup golds and one silver plus an Olympic silver and bronze. Only Pakistani to score in four World Cups. Captained Pakistan at the 1982 Asian Games when they defeated India by a record score of 7-1 in the final.
Arguably, the greatest centre forward in the history of the game. He won the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award at the 1982 World Cup, 1984 Olympics, 1982 Asia Cup & 1982 Asian Games, with Pakistan winning all these four big title tournaments. He is also the holder of Pakistan’s all time record tally in a single World Cup with 11 goals in 1982 which is also a record for any forward (for any team) in a single World Cup edition.
A complete package: unbelievable speed with the ball, stick work and dribbling skills mesmerized everyone on the field and off it, goal getting passes were precise and he himself was a fine scorer. Playing at the left in spot during most of his long career (1986-2002), he won the Player of Tournament title more than any other player of his era. Most significantly at the 1994 World Cup, when he captained his country to its last global title besides being declared Player of Tournament. Was also captain at the 1992 Olympics when Pakistan last won an Olympic medal, a bronze, and also at their last success in the Champions trophy, in 1994.