Field hockey at the 1972 Summer Olympics

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Field hockey
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Field hockey pictogram.svg
Venue Hockeyanlage at Olympiapark
Dates August 27 – September 10, 1972
Competitors 263 from 16 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  West Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Pakistan
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  India
← 1968
1976 →

This tournament is remembered for the first victory of a European nation since 1920 and the behaviour of the players of Pakistan after losing the final, which included wearing their silver medals on their feet during the medal ceremony, turning their backs to the West German flag and destroying their locker room, while Pakistani fans stormed the field, assaulted security personnel and poured water over Rene Frank, the president of the International Hockey Federation. [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.[2] Final results for the Hockey competition at the 1972 Summer Olympics:

Men's Tournament[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 West Germany 7 6 1 0 17 5 13
 Pakistan 7 5 1 1 17 6 11
 Malaysia 7 4 1 2 9 7 9
 Spain 7 2 4 1 9 8 8
 Belgium 7 2 1 4 8 14 5
 France 7 2 0 5 6 13 4
 Argentina 7 0 3 4 4 9 3
 Uganda 7 0 3 4 6 14 3


August 27, 1972

  • West Germany – Belgium 5-1 (3-1)
  • Pakistan – France 3-0 (1-0)
  • Malaysia – Uganda 3-1 (1-0)
  • Spain – Argentina 1-1 (0-1)

August 28, 1972

  • West Germany – Malaysia 1-0 (1-0)
  • Belgium – Argentina 1-1 (1-1)
  • Pakistan – Spain 1-1 (1-1)
  • France – Uganda 3-1 (1-0)

August 29, 1972

  • Pakistan – Uganda 3-1 (2-0)
  • Spain – Malaysia 0-0 (0-0)
  • Belgium – France 1-0 (1-0)
  • West Germany – Argentina 2-1 (2-0)

August 31, 1972

  • Pakistan – West Germany 1-2 (0-0)
  • Argentina – Uganda 0-0 (0-0)
  • Spain – Belgium 1-0 (0-0)
  • France – Malaysia 0-1 (0-1)

September 1, 1972

  • Spain – France 3-2 (3-1)
  • Pakistan – Argentina 3-1 (1-0)
  • West Germany – Uganda 1-1 (1-1)
  • Belgium – Malaysia 2-4 (1-3)

September 3, 1972

  • West Germany – Spain 2-1 (0-1)
  • Pakistan – Malaysia 3-0 (1-0)
  • France – Argentina 1-0 (1-0)
  • Belgium – Uganda 2-0 (0-0)

September 4, 1972

  • Spain – Uganda 2-2 (2-2)
  • Pakistan – Belgium 3-1 (1-1)
  • West Germany – France 4-0 (3-0)
  • Malaysia – Argentina 1-0 (0-0)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 India 7 5 2 0 25 8 12
 Netherlands 7 5 1 1 20 9 11
 Great Britain 7 4 1 2 15 10 9
 Australia 7 3 2 2 18 8 8
 New Zealand 7 2 3 2 16 11 7
 Poland 7 2 2 3 12 12 6
 Kenya 7 1 1 5 8 17 3
 Mexico 7 0 0 7 1 40 0


August 27, 1972

  • India – Netherlands 1-1 (1-1)
  • Kenya – Poland 0-1 (0-1)
  • Australia – New Zealand 0-0 (0-0)
  • Great Britain – Mexico 6-0 (1-0)

August 28, 1972

  • Australia – Kenya 3-1 (1-0)
  • New Zealand – Mexico 7-0 (3-0)
  • India – Great Britain 5-0 (4-0)
  • Netherlands – Poland 4-2 (3-0)

August 30, 1972

  • Poland – Mexico 3-0 (1-0)
  • Netherlands – Kenya 5-1 (2-0)
  • New Zealand – Great Britain 2-1 (2-0)
  • Australia – India 1-3 (1-2)

August 31, 1972

  • Kenya – Great Britain 0-2 (0-1)
  • India – Poland 2-2 (1-0)
  • Netherlands – New Zealand 2-0 (1-0)
  • Australia – Mexico 10-0 (6-0)

September 2, 1972

  • India – Kenya 3-2 (0-1)
  • New Zealand – Poland 3-3 (1-2)
  • Australia – Great Britain 1-1 (1-1)
  • Netherlands – Mexico 4-0 (3-0)

September 3, 1972

  • Netherlands – Great Britain 1-3 (1-1)
  • Australia – Poland 1-0 (1-0)
  • India – Mexico 8-0 (4-0)
  • Kenya – New Zealand 2-2 (2-2)

September 4, 1972

  • Australia – Netherlands 2-3 (1-3)
  • Kenya – Mexico 2-1 (1-0)
  • India – New Zealand 3-2 (1-1)
  • Poland – Great Britain 1-2 (1-1)

Men's Semi Final Round[edit]

September 7, 1972

  • Australia – Malaysia 2-1 (0-1)
  • Great Britain – Spain 2-0 (1-0)

September 8, 1972

  • West Germany – Netherlands 3-0 (1-0)
  • Pakistan – India 2-0 (2-0)

Men's Classification Matches[edit]

September 7, 1972

  • 15th/16th place: Uganda – Mexico 4-1 (1-1)
  • 13th/14th place: Argentina – Kenya 0-1 (0-0) after extra time

September 8, 1972

  • 11th/12th place: France – Poland 4-7 (2-1) after extra time
  • 9th/10th place: Belgium – New Zealand 1-2 (0-0)

September 9, 1972

  • 7th/8th place: Malaysia – Spain 1-2 (0-2)
  • 5th/6th place: Australia – Great Britain 2-1 (0-0) after extra time

Men's Bronze Medal Match[edit]

September 10, 1972

NETHERLANDS 1 – 2 (1 – 1) INDIA 10:00 Hockey Facility Olympic Park, Munich
Ref: Osvaldo Pensosi (ITA) and Bernard Valette (FRA)
Ties Kruize 6' Govinda Billimogaputtaswamy 15'
Singh Mukhbain 70'

Men's Final[edit]

September 10, 1972

WEST GERMANY 1 – 0 (0 – 0) PAKISTAN 12:00 Hockey Facility Olympic Park, Munich
Ref: Horacio Servetto (ARG) and Richard Jewell (AUS)
Michael Krause 60'

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. ^ "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.