EuroHockey Nations Championship

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EuroHockey Nations Championship
Sport Field hockey
Founded 1970
No. of teams 8
Continent EHF (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) M:  Germany (8th title)
W:  Germany (2nd title)
Most titles M:  Germany (8 titles)
W:  Netherlands (8 titles)

The EuroHockey Nations Championship is an international men's and women's field hockey competition organised by the European Hockey Federation (EHF) for the top eight European national teams. It is the top division of the EuroHockey Nations Championships. The tournament started in 1970 as a competition for national men's teams, then a women's competition was added in 1980, and a junior competition some time after that. The competition is now held once every two years, whereas prior to 2003 it was once every four years. When the tournament is held close to the Summer Olympic games or the Hockey World Cup, the winner of the tournament is awarded a place in those competitions.

The 2013 competition was held in Boom, Belgium from August 17–25, 2013.[1]

Format[edit]

The tournament is played in Divisions normally consisting of 8 teams. The top division, containing the eight best national teams, is called the EuroHockey Nations Championship, below which there is the EuroHockey Nations Trophy, then the EuroHockey Nations Challenge 1, then the EuroHockey Nations Challenge 2, and so on.

Qualification[edit]

National teams qualify for a division based on their performance in the previous competition. Each time the competition is held, it is with each division's previous top two teams promoted (assuming there is a higher division), and its previous bottom two teams demoted (assuming there is a lower division).

Summary[edit]

Assuming divisions consisting of the standard 8 teams, the teams are separated into two pools of four teams. In each pool (pool A and B) the teams play one match against each of the other teams in their pool (three in total). The teams then go on to play classification matches based on their relative ranking from these pool matches to determine their final tournament position.

Details[edit]

In each pool, A and B, all the teams play each other once, with points awarded as follows:

  • 3 points for a win
  • 1 point for a draw
  • 0 points for a loss

Upon completion of these matches, each team in the pool is ranked according to the number of points each has accumulated. If any teams in the pool have the same rank, then these teams are ranked:

  • According to the number of matches they won, or else, if equal
  • According to respective goal difference ('goals for' less 'goals against'), or else
  • According to 'goals for', or else
  • If only two teams are involved, according to the result of the match played between those teams, or else
  • According to the results of a penalty stroke competition between those teams, or else
  • This procedure is repeated using the penalty stroke result until the teams can be ranked

Once the relative ranking of the teams in pools A and B is settled, the semi-finals proceed with two games as follows:

  • Second Pool A v first Pool B
  • First Pool A v Second Pool B

The winners of these matches then play a match against each other for 1st and 2nd places (the final) and the losing teams play a match against each other for 3rd and 4th places (Bronze medal match).

The third and fourth placed teams in each pool are placed in Pool C (the Relegation Pool) in order to determine fifth to eighth places. Each team plays one match against the two teams that they did not previously play. The results from those games and from the game that was previously played against the other team in their original pool are used to rank each team according to the ranking procedure used in Pool A and B.

Dates[edit]

The senior (men's and women's) Nations tournaments are held over seven to eight consecutive days (including rest days) some time during the last two weeks of July and the first four weeks of August every odd numbered year (2009, 2011, etc.).

Men[edit]

Summaries[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Playoff
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1970
Details
Brussels, Belgium
West Germany
3–1
Netherlands

Spain
2–1
France
1974
Details
Madrid, Spain
Spain
1–0
West Germany

Netherlands
4–1
England
1978
Details
Hannover, West Germany
West Germany
3–2
Netherlands

England
2–0
Spain
1983
Details
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Netherlands
2–2
(8–6)
Penalty strokes

Soviet Union

West Germany
3–1
Spain
1987
Details
Moscow, Soviet Union
Netherlands
1–1
(3–0)
Penalty strokes

England

West Germany
3–2
after extra time

Soviet Union
1991
Details
Paris, France
Germany
3–1
Netherlands

England
1–1
(3–2)
Penalty strokes

Soviet Union
1995
Details
Dublin, Ireland
Germany
2–2
(9–8)
Penalty strokes

Netherlands

England
2–1
Belgium
1999
Details
Padua, Italy
Germany
3–3
(8–7)
Penalty strokes

Netherlands

England
7–2
Belgium
2003
Details
Barcelona, Spain
Germany
1–1
(5–4)
Penalty strokes

Spain

England
1–1
(6–5)
Penalty strokes

Netherlands
2005
Details
Leipzig, Germany
Spain
4–2
Netherlands

Germany
9–1
Belgium
2007
Details
Manchester, England
Netherlands
3–2
Spain

Belgium
4–3
Germany
2009
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands
England
5–3
Germany

Netherlands
6–1
Spain
2011
Details
Mönchengladbach, Germany
Germany
4–2
Netherlands

England
2–1
Belgium
2013
Details
Boom, Belgium
Germany
3–1
Belgium

Netherlands
3–2
England
2015
Details
London, England
2017
Details
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Top four statistics[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Germany # 8 (1970, 1978, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2011*, 2013) 2 (1974, 2009) 3 (1983, 1987, 2005) 1 (2007)
 Netherlands 3 (1983, 1987, 2007) 7 (1970, 1978, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2011) 3 (1974, 2009, 2013) 1 (2003)
 Spain 2 (1974, 2005) 2 (2003, 2007) 1 (1970) 3 (1978, 1983, 2009)
 England 1 (2009) 1 (1987) 6 (1978, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2011) 2 (1974, 2013)
 Belgium 1 (2013*) 1 (2007) 4 (1995, 1999, 2005, 2011)
 Soviet Union 1 (1983) 2 (1987, 1991)
 France 1 (1970)
# = include West Germany
* = host

Women[edit]

Summaries[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1984
Details
Lille, France
Netherlands
2–0
Soviet Union

West Germany
1–0
England
1987
Details
London, England
Netherlands
2–2
(3–1)
Penalty strokes

England

Soviet Union
2–1
West Germany
1991
Details
Brussels, Belgium
England
2–1
Germany

Soviet Union
3–2
Netherlands
1995
Details
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Netherlands
2–2
(4–1)
Penalty strokes

Spain

Germany
1–0
England
1999
Details
Cologne, Germany
Netherlands
2–1
Germany

England
5–0
Russia
2003
Details
Barcelona, Spain
Netherlands
5–0
Spain

Germany
3–1
England
2005
Details
Dublin, Ireland
Netherlands
2–1
Germany

England
4–0
Spain
2007
Details
Manchester, England
Germany
2–0
Netherlands

England
3–2
Spain
2009
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Netherlands
3–2
Germany

England
2–1
Spain
2011
Details
Mönchengladbach, Germany
Netherlands
3–0
Germany

England
2–1
Spain
2013
Details
Boom, Belgium
Germany
4–4
(2–0)
Penalty shootout

England

Netherlands
3–1
Belgium
2015
Details
London, England
2017
Details
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Top four statistics[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Netherlands 8 (1984, 1987, 1995*, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009*, 2011) 1 (2007) 1 (2013) 1 (1991)
 Germany# 2 (2007, 2013) 5 (1991, 1999*, 2005, 2009, 2011*) 3 (1984, 1995, 2003) 1 (1987)
 England 1 (1991) 2 (1987*, 2013) 5 (1999, 2005, 2007*, 2009, 2011) 3 (1984, 1995, 2003)
 Spain 2 (1995, 2003*) 4 (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)
 Soviet Union 1 (1984) 2 (1987, 1991)
 Belgium 1 (2013*)
 Russia 1 (1999)
# = include West Germany
* = host

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Match schedule". TriFinance EuroHockey. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 

Further reading[edit]