Field Hockey(national Sports)

Field Hockey(national Sports) (National)

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The Pakistan national field hockey team  represents Pakistan .In international men's field hockey. Pakistan is administered by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) . The governing body for hockey in Pakistan. They have been a member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) since 1948 and founding member of the Asian Hockey Federation (ASHF).Which formed in 1958. Pakistan  is the most successful national field hockey team in the Hockey World Cup with four championships: 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994. Pakistan also has the best overall performance in World Cup history in both proportional and absolute terms with 53 victories in 84 matches played, seven time draws, six appearances in the finals and only 24 losses. Pakistan national team has played in all FIH World Cup editions with only one absence in 2014. The green shirts is also one of the most successful national teams in the Asian Games with eight gold medals: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1990 and 2010, the highest number of times a country has come first, and the only Asian team to have won the prestigious Champions Trophy with three championships: 1978, 1980 and 1994. Pakistan have won a total of 29 official international titles to professional and grassroots level selections, with three gold medals in the Olympic Games field hockey tournaments in Rome 1960, Mexico City 1968 and Los Angeles 1984.

Field hockey being the national sport of the country, Pakistan national team has been ranked as the #1 team in the world from 2000 till 2001 by FIH, and former captain Sohail Abbas holds the world record for the most international goals scored by a player in the history of international field hockey, with a tally of 348 goals.Waseem Ahmad holds the record for Pakistan appearances, having played 410 times between 1996 and 2012.

Title Description
Type: Sport
Nickname: Green Shirts; Pak Shaheens
Association: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF)
Confederation: ASHF (Asia)
Coach: K. M. Junaid
Assistant : Kamran Ashraf
Coach: Ch. Mohsin Ali
Manager: Hanif Khan
Captin: Muhammad Irfan
Most caps: Waseem Ahmad (410)
Top scorer: Sohail Abbas (348)
FIH ranking: 14 Decrease (January 2017)
Founded: 1948
Affiliation: International Hockey Federation
Regional affiliation: Asian Hockey Federation
Headquarters: Lahore,Pakistan
Location: National Hockey Stadium, Lahore
President: Brig (r) Muhammad Khalid S. Khokhar
Contact: Limited
Team members: 11 field Players
Equipment: Hockey ball, hockey stick, mouthguard, shinguards
Olympic: 1908, 1920, 1928–present
Highest governing body: International Hockey Federation

Early history 194858

Pakistan's Rasool Shafqat vies with India's Gurmail Singh during the Group A field hockey match

Pakistan's Rasool Shafqat vies with India's Gurmail Singh during the Group A field hockey match

Originally, the game had been brought by British servicemen to British India, and like cricket it soon became a popular sport with the local population. Following the independence of Pakistan in 1947, soon after the Pakistan Hockey Federation came into being in 1948. Prior to the partition of India, players playing for Pakistan competed for the Indian side. The federation soon established and organized the Provincial Hockey/Sports Associations of West Punjab East Bengal, Sindh, Balochistan , Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Bahawalpur [1] Bahawalpur hockey & Services Sports Board. On 2 August 1948, Pakistan national team, led by Ali Iqtidar Shah Dara, officially went on to play their first international game and tournament against Belgium winning the game 2–0 at the 1948 London Olympics. Pakistan remained unbeaten defeating the Netherlands, Denmark and France during the group stage round and ended up placing fourth, as did the Pakistan team at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

Rome Olympics



“We had undergone rigourous three to four months training in the camp at Lahore  where the morale of players was very high and the slogan “Victory at Rome” was written all over the walls of our bedrooms and elsewhere which infused a fighting spirit among the players,” recalled the former hockey spearhead. He added that then camp commandant and manager retired Col A I S Dara had worked hard and emphasised more on individual practice in the camp. The 82-year-old Waheed, who retired from Customs, narrated how Pakistan defeated Australia 3-0, Poland 8-0, Japan 10-0, Germany 2-1 (quarter-final), Spain 1-0 (semi-final) and India 1-0 in the final. Inside left Naseer Bunda scored the decisive goal that put an end to India’s unbeaten era. Records show that the Indian hockey team by then had played 30 Olympic matches without losing any, scoring as many as 197 goals while conceding only eight. Their record of winning eight Olympics in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964 and 1980, however, remains unsurpassed. Waheed, who also has a passion for tennis and is associated with Modern Club as administrator since his retirement, said President Ayub Khan invited the victorious team at the President House in Karachi  and it was then that he declared hockey as the national game.[2] Pakistan olmypic

Mexico Olympics

Pakistan's Rasool Shafqat vies with India's Gurmail Singh during the Group A field hockey match

Pakistan's Rasool Shafqat vies with India's Gurmail Singh during the Group A field hockey match

Pakistan’s national anthem was played at the Olympics again when its hockey team defeated Australia 2-1 in the final at Mexico in 1968. Asad Malik scored the decisive goal against Australia in the final. “The team had entered the competition with a resounding 6-0 victory over Holland and kept the tempo by winning one match after the other,” member of the victorious team Jehangir Butt told Dawn. The probables had undergone training in back-to-back camps set-up at Lower Topa, Muree, with late Brigadier Atif then serving as camp commandant. The probables used to cross a hill to go for daily practice at Gharial camp. An 18-member team was picked after the final trials that were also held at Muree and Tariq Aziz was named as captain. Recalling those days, the former Olympian said after the triumph, the team went to visit New York by road where they saw the impressive UNO building and later also visited the Niagara Falls. “Pakistan hockey team got heroes’ welcome upon arrival in the country and travelled from Karachi to Peshawar by train besides playing exhibition matches in different cities in between,” he added. Jehangir disclosed that each member of the victorious team was awarded Rs10,000 and a piece of land at Muzaffargarh .

Pakistan at the Olympics

  • — Like father like son
Mahmood-ul-Hasan (1948, 1952) and Ayaz Mahmood (1984) Munir Dar (1956, 1960, 1964) and Tauqir Dar (1984) Chaudhry Ghulam Rasool (1956, 1960) and Akhtar Rasool (1972, 1976) K. M. Aslam (1952) and K. M. Junaid (1992) Saeed Anwar (1968, 1972) and Anjum Saeed (1992) Col Zafri (1960) and Amir Zafar (1988)
  • — Brothers who played in the Olympics
Abdul Hamid “Hamidi” (1948, 1952, 1956, 1960) and Abdul Rasheed junior (1968, 1972) Shahzada Shahrukh (1948) and Shahzada Khurram (1948) Munir Dar (1956, 1960, 1964) and Tanvir Dar (1968, 1972) Mohammad Amin (1956) and Khurshid Azam (1964) Khurshid Aslam (1960) and Akhtar-ul-Islam (1972) Manzoor-ul-Hasan (1976) and Rasheed-ul-Hasan (1984) Samiullah (1976) and Kalimullah (1984) Mohammad Sarwar (1996, 2000) and Mohammad Zubair (2008) Note: It was the first stance that two brothers – Shahrukh and Khurram – played in the same team at the London Olympics in 1948. In 1956, the former represented Pakistan in cycling.
  • — Players who donned Indo-Pak colours
Retired Col A I S Dara (1936 India, 1948 Pakistan); P. P. Fernandes (1936 India, 1948 Pakistan); Akhtar Hussain (1948 India, 1956 Pakistan); Latif-ur-Rehman (1948 India; 1952, 1956 Pakistan)
  • — Rare honour
Retired Brig S. M. H. Atif is the only Pakistani who was involved in all the three Olympic gold medal winning campaigns of the country. He was a member of the Rome Olympics gold medal winning team and managed the victorious teams at Mexico and Los Angeles.
  • — Four Olympics
Retired Brig Abdul Hamid “Hamidi” (1948, 1952, 1956, 1960) and retired Brig S. M. H. Atif (1952, 1956, 1960, 1964) stood tall having represented Pakistan at four Olympics apiece
  • — Achievements at a glance
(Tabulated under: year, city, gold, silver and bronze) 1948 London - - - 1952 Helsinki - - - 1956 Melbourne - 1 - 1960 Rome 1 - 1 1964 Tokyo - 1 - 1968 Mexico 1 - - 1972 Munich - 1 - 1976 Montreal - - 1 1980 Moscow did not participate 1984 Los Angeles  1988 Seoul - -  1992 Barcelona - -  1996 Atlanta - - - 2000 Sydney - - - 2004 Athens - - - 2008 Beijing - - - 2012 London - - -[3] Pakistan at the olympics

Honours and recognition

Since its breakthrough in the 1948 Summer Olympics, Pakistan has won more than 20 official titles, which are detailed below:
  Gold  Silver   Bronze
 World Cup        6        4         -
 Champion Trophy        3        7        7
 Asian Trophy        2        2         -
 Asia Cup        3        2         2
sultan Azlan Shah Cup        3        6         2
 Asian Games        8        3         3
 South Asian Games        3        1         -
 Commonwealth Games        -        1         1
 Afro-Asian Games        -        1          -
 Summer Olympics       3        3         2
 Hockey Champions Challenge       -        1          -

Revival of Hockey

International Hockey Players

International Hockey Players

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) President Khalid Sajjad Khokhar announced on 26 dec 2017 that a World XI hockey team will be touring Pakistan from January 18 to 21 to play a two-match series against Pakistan's senior team.World XI will play one match each in Karachi and Lahore during the four-day visit.  The foreign team, which is a blend of world’s known hockey players,  played its first match at Abdul Sattar Edhi Stadium in Karachi on January 19,the team will play its second match on January 21 in Lahore. The World XI will comprised players from Australia, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Spain. The PHF chief said the tour of the World XI is a step forward to bring back international hockey to Pakistan and to organize the Pakistan Hockey League in April this year in a befitting manner Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah were present at the inaugural ceremony along with World XI and Pakistan Hockey teams.the ISPR, the COAS appreciated PHF’ initiative of bringing the world players to the country.[4] Revival of Hockey  

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