Field hockey at the 1972 Summer Olympics

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Field hockey
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Field hockey pictogram.svg
VenueHockeyanlage at Olympiapark
DatesAugust 27 – September 10, 1972
Competitors263 from 16 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  West Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Pakistan
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  India
← 1968
1976 →

The field hockey tournament at the 1972 Summer Olympics was the 12th edition of the field hockey event at the Summer Olympics.

The West German victory was the first title by a European nation since 1920 but was marred by the behavior of Pakistani players, fans, and officials after losing the final.

At the final whistle, Pakistani fans and officials invaded the pitch before assaulting West German police and stadium security, storming the tournament officials table and pouring a bucket of water over International Hockey Federation president Rene Frank, while the players destroyed their locker room and refused to wear their silver medals or face the West German flag as it was raised at the medal ceremony.[1]

The eleven Pakistani players were banned for life from their national team, but after a high-level apology, the ban was reduced to two years, and eight of them played at the 1976 Olympics.[2]

Results[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  West Germany (H) 7 6 1 0 17 5 +12 13 Advance to the semi-finals
2  Pakistan 7 5 1 1 17 6 +11 11
3  Malaysia 7 4 1 2 9 7 +2 9 5th–8th place classification
4  Spain 7 2 4 1 9 8 +1 8
5  Belgium 7 2 1 4 8 14 −6 5 9th place game
6  France 7 2 0 5 6 13 −7 4 11th place game
7  Argentina 7 0 3 4 4 9 −5 3 13th place game
8  Uganda 7 0 3 4 6 14 −8 3 15th place game
Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host.
27 August 1972
West Germany  5–1  Belgium
27 August 1972
Pakistan  3–0  France
27 August 1972
Spain  1–1  Argentina
27 August 1972
Malaysia  3–1  Uganda

28 August 1972
Belgium  1–1  Argentina
28 August 1972
West Germany  1–0  Malaysia
28 August 1972
Pakistan  1–1  Spain
28 August 1972
France  3–1  Uganda

29 August 1972
Spain  0–0  Malaysia
29 August 1972
Pakistan  3–1  Uganda
29 August 1972
West Germany  2–1  Argentina
29 August 1972
Belgium  1–0  France

31 August 1972
Argentina  0–0  Uganda
31 August 1972
Pakistan  1–2  West Germany
31 August 1972
Spain  1–0  Belgium
31 August 1972
France  0–1  Malaysia

1 September 1972
Spain  3–2  France
1 September 1972
West Germany  1–1  Uganda
1 September 1972
Pakistan  3–1  Argentina
1 September 1972
Belgium  2–4  Malaysia

3 September 1972
West Germany  2–1  Spain
3 September 1972
Malaysia  0–3  Pakistan
3 September 1972
Argentina  0–1  France
3 September 1972
Belgium  2–0  Uganda

4 September 1972
Spain  2–2  Uganda
4 September 1972
Belgium  1–3  Pakistan
4 September 1972
France  0–4  West Germany
4 September 1972
Argentina  0–1  Malaysia

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  India 7 5 2 0 25 8 +17 12 Advance to the semi-finals
2  Netherlands 7 5 1 1 20 9 +11 11
3  Great Britain 7 4 1 2 15 10 +5 9 5th–8th place classification
4  Australia 7 3 2 2 18 8 +10 8
5  New Zealand 7 2 3 2 16 11 +5 7 9th place game
6  Poland 7 2 2 3 12 12 0 6 11th place game
7  Kenya 7 1 1 5 8 17 −9 3 13th place game
8  Mexico 7 0 0 7 1 40 −39 0 15th place game
27 August 1972
Netherlands  1–1  India
27 August 1972
Great Britain  6–0  Mexico
27 August 1972
Australia  0–0  New Zealand
27 August 1972
Poland  1–0  Kenya

28 August 1972
New Zealand  7–0  Mexico
28 August 1972
India  5–0  Great Britain
28 August 1972
Netherlands  4–2  Poland
28 August 1972
Australia  3–1  Kenya

30 August 1972
Netherlands  5–1  Kenya
30 August 1972
India  3–1  Australia
30 August 1972
Poland  3–0  Mexico
30 August 1972
New Zealand  2–1  Great Britain

31 August 1972
Netherlands  2–0  New Zealand
31 August 1972
Australia  10–0  Mexico
31 August 1972
Kenya  0–2  Great Britain
31 August 1972
India  2–2  Poland

2 September 1972
Netherlands  4–0  Mexico
2 September 1972
Australia  1–1  Great Britain
2 September 1972
New Zealand  3–3  Poland
2 September 1972
India  3–2  Kenya

3 September 1972
India  8–0  Mexico
3 September 1972
New Zealand  2–2  Kenya
3 September 1972
Great Britain  3–1  Netherlands
3 September 1972
Australia  1–0  Poland

4 September 1972
Netherlands  3–2  Australia
4 September 1972
Kenya  2–1  Mexico
4 September 1972
India  3–2  New Zealand
4 September 1972
Great Britain  2–1  Poland

Ninth to sixteenth place classification[edit]

Fifteenth and sixteenth place[edit]

7 September 1972
Uganda  4–1  Mexico

Thirteenth and fourteenth place[edit]

7 September 1972
Kenya  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Argentina

Eleventh and twelfth place[edit]

8 September 1972
Poland  4–4 (a.e.t.)  France
Penalties
3–0

Ninth and tenth place[edit]

8 September 1972
New Zealand  2–1  Belgium

Fifth to eighth place classification[edit]

 
Cross-oversFifth place
 
      
 
7 September
 
 
 Australia2
 
9 September
 
 Malaysia1
 
 Australia (a.e.t.)2
 
7 September
 
 Great Britain1
 
 Spain0
 
 
 Great Britain2
 
Seventh place
 
 
9 September
 
 
 Spain2
 
 
 Malaysia1

Cross-overs[edit]

7 September 1972
Spain  0–2  Great Britain

7 September 1972
Australia  2–1  Malaysia

Seventh and eighth place[edit]

9 September 1972
Spain  2–1  Malaysia

Fifth and sixth place[edit]

9 September 1972
Australia  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Great Britain

First to fourth place classification[edit]

 
Semi-finalsGold medal match
 
      
 
8 September
 
 
 West Germany3
 
10 September
 
 Netherlands0
 
 West Germany1
 
8 September
 
 Pakistan0
 
 Pakistan2
 
 
 India0
 
Bronze medal match
 
 
10 September
 
 
 India2
 
 
 Netherlands1

Semi-finals[edit]

8 September 1972
 West Germany 3–0  Netherlands

8 September 1972
Pakistan  2–0  India

Bronze medal match[edit]

10 September 1972
10:00
India  2–1  Netherlands
Govinda Goal 15'
Mukhbain Goal 70'
Kruize Goal 6'
Umpires:
Osvaldo Pensosi (ITA)
Bernard Valette (FRA)

Gold medal match[edit]

10 September 1972
12:00
West Germany  1–0  Pakistan
Krause Goal 60'
Umpires:
Horcaio Servetto (ARG)
Richard Jewell (AUS)

Final rankings[edit]

  1.  West Germany
  2.  Pakistan
  3.  India
  4.  Netherlands
  5.  Australia
  6.  Great Britain
  7.  Spain
  8.  Malaysia
  9.  New Zealand
  10.  Belgium
  11.  Poland
  12.  France
  13.  Kenya
  14.  Argentina
  15.  Uganda
  16.  Mexico

Remarks:

  • Men's competition only in 1972
  • It was the first-ever gold medal lost by either Pakistan or India, former rulers in this sport.
  • At the medal ceremony Pakistani players, as a protest against alleged biased and unfair decisions by the referee, put forth their foot to wear the medal then threw their silver medals at the floor and turned their backs as the German anthem played.

Men's medal winners[edit]

Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 West Germany (FRG)
Wolfgang Baumgart
Horst Drose
Dieter Freise
Werner Kaessmann
Carsten Keller
Detlev Kittstein
Ulrich Klaes
Peter Kraus
Michael Krause
Michael Peter
Wolfgang Rott
Fritz Schmidt
Rainer Seifert
Wolfgang Strodter
Eckart Suhl
Eduard Thelen
Peter Trump
Ulrich Vos
 Pakistan (PAK)
Rashid Abdul
Akhtar Rasool
Ul Akhtar
Jahangir Butt
Ur Fazal
Islahuddin Siddique
Muhammad Asad Malik
Shahnaz Sheikh
Munawwaruz Zaman
Ahmad Riaz
Saeed Anwar
Saleem Sherwani
Iftikar Syed
Mudassar Syed
Zahid Sheikh
 India (IND)
B. P. Govinda
Charles Cornelius
Manuel Frederick
Michael Kindo
Ashok Kumar
M. P. Ganesh
Krishnamurty Perumal
Ajitpal Singh
Harbinder Singh
Harcharan Singh
Harmik Singh
Kulwant Singh
Mukhbain Singh
Virinder Singh

Participants[edit]

[3]

Fourth Place  Netherlands
Fifth Place  Australia
Sixth Place  Great Britain [4]
Seventh Place  Spain
Eighth Place  Malaysia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Field hockey at the 1972 Summer Olympics". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  2. ^ Misbehaving Pakistani hockey players
  3. ^ Wallechinsky, David (2000). The Complete book of the Olympics, page 476-477. Aurum Press. ISBN 1-85410-692-9.
  4. ^ ""Hockey." Times [London, England] 20 May 1972". The Times Digital Archive.