September 1, 1968 |
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's Field Hockey|
|Barcelona 1992||Team Competition|
Early life and career
He is son of Mian Mohammad Hussain. He is considered to be among the best forwards in the history of field hockey. He joined the Pakistan National Hockey Team in 1986, and was captain of the national side, that led his team to the 1994 Men's Hockey World Cup victory. "He played a major role in Pakistan victories in 1994 World Cup in Sydney, Australia and Champions Trophy 1994 in Lahore, Pakistan." After the Atlanta Games in 1996, he played for Dutch club Oranje Zwart and for German club Harvestehuder THC from Hamburg for a couple of years.
Nicknamed The Maradona of Hockey he has represented Pakistan in the Champions Trophy tournaments held in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989; 3rd Asia Cup, New Delhi 1989; 7th Hockey World Cup, 1990 in Lahore, BMW Trophy Amsterdam, 1990, 11th Asian Games Beijing, 1990, 12th Champions Trophy, Melbourne and Hockey World Cup, Sydney, 1994. He made his world famous run down against Australia in the same tournament. " But in 1994, at the Sydney World Cup, in the pool match between Australia and Pakistan, Australia had a similar free hit just outside the Pakistan circle which was intercepted and moved onto Pakistan's Shahbaz who then executed his famous run with Australia's Ken Wark chasing him. Shahbaz drew a covering defender and reverse-sticked the ball to Kamran Ashraf, who scored." "Twenty years have passed, but the memories of his breathtaking runs against Australia, Germany and the Netherlands are etched in memories of millions."
Shahbaz Ahmad was declared the best player in the Seventh World Cup, Lahore, 1990, and received the BMW Trophy, Amsterdam, 1990. He has won gold medals in the 3rd Asia Cup, New Delhi, 1989; Asian Games, Beijing, 1990; silver medals in Champions Trophy, 1988; 7th world cup, Lahore, 1990; BMW Trophy, Amsterdam, 1990; and a bronze medal in 8th Champions Trophy, 1986. He was awarded the best player award in 1994 world cup Sydney as well.
Awards and recognition
Shahbaz Ahmad is regarded as one of the best forwards in the game. He is the only player in the history of Field Hockey to win two consecutive 'Player of the Tournament' awards in the 1990 World Cup in Lahore, and at the 1994 World Cup in Sydney. He leads the list of most-capped Pakistanis with 304 caps (a total of 304 games) in international field hockey.
- In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of hockey, he was awarded the President's Pride of Performance Award in 1992 by the Government of Pakistan.
- In 2002, Shahbaz Ahmed retired from playing the game of field hockey for good. In 2010, Shahbaz is performing his services as the district manager of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in Saudi Arabia.
- http://www.asian-women-magazine.com/pakistan/hockey/shahbaz-ahmad.php, Profile of Shahbaz Ahmed on Asian Women Magazine, Retrieved 11 February 2017
- http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/ah/shahbaz-ahmed-1.html, Profile of Shahbaz Ahmed and Olympic results on sports-reference.com website, Retrieved 12 February 2017
- http://www.fih.ch/news/shahbaz-ahmed-appointed-pakistan-hockey-federation-secretary-general/, 'Shahbaz Ahmed appointed Pakistan Hockey Federation Secretary General', Federation of International Hockey website, Published 12 September 2015, Retrieved 12 February 2017
- Shahbaz to retire after Atlanta Olympics 1996, New Straits Times newspaper (Google news archive), Published 26 May 1996, Retrieved 11 February 2017
- http://tribune.com.pk/story/28147/hockeys-maradona-has-no-regrets/ Maradona of Hockey has no regrets, The Express Tribune newspaper, Retrieved 11 February 2017
- http://www.fieldhockey.org/Articles/Coaching/Tactics-ShivJagday_files/Tactics-ShivJagday.htm, 'Tactics and Strategy', an article by Shiv Jagday, Retrieved 12 February 2017
- https://tribune.com.pk/story/713889/hall-of-fame-shahbaz-ahmed-the-maradona-of-hockey/, 'Hall of fame: Shahbaz Ahmed- the Maradona of Hockey', The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 28 May 2014, Retrieved 12 February 2017
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