Moritz Fürste

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Moritz Fürste - Jan Philipp Rabente.jpg
Fürste (left) and Jan-Philipp Rabente during a TV interview after winning Olympic Gold in 2012.
Personal information
Born (1984-10-28) 28 October 1984 (age 34)
Hamburg, East Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Playing position Halfback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Ranchi Rhinos 21 (4)
2015 Ranchi Rays
2016– Kalinga Lancers 1 (0)
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Germany 268 (112)

Moritz Fürste (born 28 October 1984) is a German field hockey player. He was a member of the Men's National Team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics as well as at the 2006 World Cup. He played at the Uhlenhorster Hockey Club in Hamburg from 1989 till 2012. He was captain of the team. He has guided his team to success in the Euro Hockey League on three occasions, winning the title in 2007-2008, 2009-2010 and 2011-12. Fürste also helped his team to a second-place finish in the competition in the 2008-2009 Season, when they were defeated by HC Bloemendaal of The Netherlands. Since 2012 he is playing at Spanish Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.

Moritz Fürste was named as the Euro Hockey League's Most Valuable Player in the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 Seasons. At the European Championship 2011, he got the Award as Most Valuable Player of the tournament.[1]

After his nomination in 2010 and 2011 Fürste was named the IHF World Player of the Year in 2012.[2]

Hockey India League[edit]

At the inaugural season of the Hockey India League, Fürste was named one of the six marquee players.[3] At the player's auction, he was bought by Ranchi Rhinos for US$75,500, with his base price being US$25,000.[4] He captained the team to a first-place finish in the season.[5] In the second season, the Rhinos finished third. Following the franchise's withdrawal from the League, the entire team was drafted under a new franchise and team named Ranchi Rays, for the third season. Fürste, however, pulled out of the tournament to represent his country at the 2015 Indoor World Cup.[6]

At the 2015 players' auctions, he was bought by Kalinga Lancers for US$105,000, from a base price of US$30,000.[7] His team finished fifth in the round-robin stage and failed to enter the knock-outs. In the 2016 season, he scored the team's lone goal in a 6–1 loss to Punjab Warriors in the final. Reaching the final again in the 2017 season, he scored twice from penalty corner in the final, in the 30th and 59th minutes to beat Dabang Mumbai 4–1. With 12 goals that included 11 penalty corner conversions and one field goal to his name, he emerged as the tournament's top-scorer alongside teammate Glenn Turner.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "German men are European Champions". FIH. 2011-08-28. Retrieved 2011-08-28.
  2. ^ "Germany's Fuerste named FIH Player of the Year". fih.ch.
  3. ^ "Hockey India League Names Three Indians Among Six Marquee Players". Hockey India. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  4. ^ "The ABC of Hockey India League players' auction". IBNLive. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Ranchi Rhinos crowned HIL champions". The Hindu. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  6. ^ Seal, Arnab Lall (22 January 2015). "Kalinga Lancers take on Ranchi Rays in HIL opener". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  7. ^ Choudhury, Karan; Akash, Kumar (17 September 2015). "Germans a big draw at Hockey India League player auctions". Business Standard. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Kalinga Lancers has the last laugh in HIL final". Sportstar. sportstarlive.com. 26 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.

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