EuroHockey Nations Championship

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EuroHockey Nations Championship
Sport Field hockey
Founded 1970
Inaugural season 1970
No. of teams 8
Continent EHF (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
M:  Netherlands (5th title)
Most titles M:  Germany (8 titles)
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to EuroHockey Championship II

The EuroHockey Nations Championship is an international men'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. 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.

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 Championship II, then the EuroHockey Championship III, then the EuroHockey Championship IV, 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.).

Results[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
Netherlands
6–1
Germany

Ireland
4–2
England
2017
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Netherlands
4–2
Belgium

England
4–2
Germany
2019
Details
Antwerp, Belgium

Top four statistics[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Germany # 8 (1970, 1978, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2011*, 2013) 3 (1974, 2009, 2015) 3 (1983, 1987, 2005) 2 (2007, 2017)
 Netherlands 5 (1983, 1987, 2007, 2015, 2017*) 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) 7 (1978, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2017) 3 (1974, 2013, 2015*)
 Belgium 2 (2013*, 2017) 1 (2007) 4 (1995, 1999, 2005, 2011)
 Soviet Union 1 (1983) 2 (1987, 1991)
 Ireland 1 (2015)
 France 1 (1970)
# = include West Germany
* = host

Team appearances[edit]

Team Belgium
1970
Spain
1974
West Germany
1978
Netherlands
1983
Soviet Union
1987
France
1991
Republic of Ireland
1995
Italy
1999
Spain
2003
Germany
2005
England
2007
Netherlands
2009
Germany
2011
Belgium
2013
England
2015
Netherlands
2017
Belgium
2019
Total
 Austria 11th 15th - 11th - - - - - - - 7th - - - 7th - 5
 Belarus Part of the Soviet Union 9th - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Belgium 5th 10th - 8th 10th 9th 4th 4th 6th 4th 3rd 5th 4th 2nd 5th 2nd Q 16
 Czech Republic Part of Czechoslovakia - - - - 8th - - 8th - - - 2
 Czechoslovakia 10th 9th 10th - - - Defunct 3
 Denmark 18th 14th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 England 6th 4th 3rd 5th 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 6th 5th 1st 3rd 4th 4th 3rd Q 17
 Finland 16th 18th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 France 4th 6th 7th 6th 11th 6th 12th 7th 5th 5th 6th 6th 8th - 7th - - 14
 Germany[a] 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 4th Q 17
 Gibraltar - - 12th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Hungary 17th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Ireland 9th 11th 8th 10th 6th 7th 5th 11th 9th - 7th - 5th 6th 3rd 6th Q 15
 Italy 13th 12th - - 9th 12th - 12th 10th - - - - - - - - 6
 Malta 19th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Netherlands 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 4th 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st Q 17
 Poland 7th 5th 5th 9th 5th 8th 6th 9th 7th 7th - 8th - 7th - 8th - 13
 Portugal - 16th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Russia Part of the Soviet Union - 8th 12th - - - 7th - 8th - - 4
 Scotland 15th 7th 11th 7th 8th - 10th - 8th 8th - - - - - - Q 9
 Soviet Union 14th - 9th 2nd 4th 4th Defunct 5
 Spain 3rd 1st 4th 4th 7th 5th 8th 5th 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 6th 5th 6th 5th Q 17
  Switzerland 8th 17th - - - 11th 11th 10th 11th - - - - - - - - 6
 Wales 12th 8th 6th 12th 12th 10th 7th 6th - - - - - - - - Q 9
 Yugoslavia - 13th - - - - Defunct 1
Total 19 18 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 Source[1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes results representing West Germany between 1970 and 1990

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Competitions Archive". p. 19. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

Further reading[edit]