There have been many competitive matches between India and Poland across many sports, but none have captured mutual passion as what hockey does for both nations. Over the years and decades past, India and Poland have faced each other more than 50 times in competitive and non-competitive matches.
Here we share three of the most famous clashes in recent history, a look back at sporting giants in the world of hockey and who lost and who was victor.
Hockey came to India via the British regiment. Hockey is the UK’s most popular pastime after cricket.
The first professional hockey clubs were founded in Calcutta between 1885 and 1886. The establishment of clubs soon followed in Bombay and Punjab. The latter tells the world countless hockey legends.
The first hockey association in India was called Bengal Hockey. As the game became popular in the country, many other associations emerged. The most important were in Bombay, Orissa, Bihar and Delhi.
For those wishing to take up the sport today, you can find local and national sporting bodies and groups through the Ministry of Sports website here.
The Sydney Games 2000
One of the biggest games in Indian sporting history, so much so, it nearly broke every Indian casino site that would take a bet on the game.
The Olympics, a huge event that attracts all the world’s athletes, makes them write amazing stories. Some have broken records, such as Phelps & Bolt, while others have broken. Abhinav Bindra suffered terribly last night when he lost his second Olympic snare medal in the 10m pistol last night. In this series we will look at the tears of the Olympic moment as a team and an individual who gives everything but does not strive to win a precious and shining Olympic medal.
Hockey has always been a mainstay of the Indian contingent at the Olympics. Looking back at the 1950s and 1960s, India was a winning team in hockey. But somehow India failed to maintain its legendary status and after 1980 India failed to win a gold medal in hockey.
That could change in Sydney in 2000. Before the start of the Olympics, India looked like a serious contender for the podium, if not for the gold medal. However controversy and the Indian Hockey Federation as friends. After the disappointing results at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the lead was changed and taken over by Vasudevan Baskaran.
Prior to Sydney 2000, there was so much secrecy in team selection that few could understand what was going on at the head of the Federation. After two rounds, captain and three-time Olympic champion Pargat Singh Powar was not selected and there were few surprises.
India had won the tournament in Australia a month earlier and also beat Australia, who were the best team at the time. India plays good hockey for the game. The last match was against Poland, who did not progress to the semifinals. All India has to do is beat a team that is not doing well, watch the game and reach the semifinals.
The billing evening came. India started well. They kept attacking the Polish goal and were almost half of their opponent in the first half. India hit the forest three times and lost several assistants. Add desperation to score goals. Indian guardian Jude Menezes has a relaxing day in the office. He did not get any results online. Everything went as planned, only the indescribable goal was not there. The first half is over.
The second part begins. India attacked again. Despair about the goal and the tension it creates increases. After a brief row with the defender, Dilip Tirkey finally brought the ball home. India is almost there. India receives a fatal blow. Dhanraj Pillay started with an excellent goal from the box. But the goal did not come. When the stakes are high, nerves play a key role in determining a person’s fate.
That’s all India needs to qualify for the semi-finals. India is looking for a target to close its trade, but most of the attacks occur in the second half of the year. Everything changes in seconds. Dhanraj Pillay put the ball on a plate for him and instead of hitting him with his right foot, he preserved his left gasoline on the goal. The ball hit the post and the return began almost 50 yards from the left. A Polish midfielder took him and put him on the other side of the field. The Indian midfielder would have cut the lining easily, but fate would have, he slipped.
Polish player lifts the ball, gives a quick shot from the edge of the circle to the Indian goal, the ball kicks in. A party at the head of Poland, distrust of India. Round.
Jude Menezes: The “popping” ball repeats itself over and over again in my head. I see a team of helmets and everyone is on their knees. All of the hard work is done in 15 seconds.
India has not recovered from this blow. 1 minute is not long and the Indians scored goals. The whistle sounds. No one could find the strength to get up off the ground. All the players were shocked, some were crying, others on their knees, Dhanraj Pillay locked herself in the room and cried for hours. A manager can only motivate the team, but when you get something like this it’s not easy. When the team returned to the hotel, India said the semi-final was scheduled. The government forgot to change after India struck. When the players saw it, it was the last nail in the chest.
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Tournament 2019
India mauled Poland in a terrifying display leading them to an easy 10-0 victory! Bet neither team saw this one coming.
Forward Mandeep Singh remains in good shape, scoring two 10-0 wins for India over Poland in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final game in Ipoh on Friday.
After securing a berth against Korea on Saturday, the Indians scored a goal of their choice, leaving Poland in shock. In addition to Mandeep (50, 51 minutes), dredger Varun Kumar (18, 25) also hit two hits, while Vivek Sagar Prasad (1), Sumit Kumar (7), Surender Kumar (19) and Simranjeet Singh (29)), Nilankanta Sharma (36) and Amit Rohitdas (55) are India’s second top scorers.
The five-time Indian champion, who maintained his unbeaten streak in the tournament, added five points in five league games, with four wins and one draw.
With two goals on Friday, Mandeep is the tournament’s top scorer with a total of seven goals, while Varun has already raised his personal score to five.
It would be the first major blow, with India finishing 2-0 in seven minutes thanks to goals from Vivka and Sumita.
In the second quarter, India stepped up its attack by opening up space in the first round. In good form, Sumit took a penalty in India, which Varun completely changed.
A minute later, the Surender wrote his name on the board at the meeting in the corner of Rohidas. Despite a well-placed free kick after 24 minutes of play, Indian Shilanand Lakru attempted a variation which brought the ball to the other end of the penalty area. -0.
Simranjeet has joined coach Mandeep after a nice pass from Nilakanta Sharman to Polish goalkeeper Mateusz Popiolkowski.
India’s 6-0 lead continued after the last substitution.
After 36 minutes, Nilakanta came on for Sumita. Although India scored just one goal in season three, the team did well in season four and scored three more competitive goals.
The Polish goalkeeper, meanwhile, was impressive, keeping some fine interventions under the control of Gursahibjit Singh and Simranjeet Singh early in the final period. Popiolkowski also defended a powerful corner kick from Rohida.
India’s eighth and ninth goals came thanks to Mandeep’s brilliant performance. His first goal scored after Michal Raciniewski caught and guided the goal towards the goal, while Gurinder Singh saw the second.
India’s tenth goal came after Surender’s corner and Amit scored well.
Women’s FIH Series Final 2019
India’s women’s team put the high press on in a competitive game against Poland to seal a convincing 5-0 win in the Pool B Match of the FIA Women’s Series Finals.
Gurjit scored two goals to lead the Indian women’s hockey team to a 5-0 win over Poland in the 2019 FIH Hiroshima Women’s Series final on Sunday.
India has consistently attacked the left from the start, which has caused trouble for the Polish defence. Poland had the most assets, but India caused problems with the speed of the attack. The best chance to open the score was in the last few seconds of India’s first quarter.
India’s high-pressure strategy kept Polish defenders under constant pressure as they tried to throw the ball quickly, often incorrectly and constantly into critical areas.
Under pressure from Sunita Lakran, Poland hesitated to defend themselves and the ball fell on Navjot Kauri’s left hand. His center was perfect and he went to a distant pillar where Jyoti bothered him and gave India a well-deserved head start.
There were many computers in India for the last five minutes of the second quarter. On the flip side, Vandana Katariya took advantage of the pull when Gabara saved the ball from Gurjit, finishing second after India. Instead, Gurjit placed the ball in the lower left corner and gave India the lead with three goals in the first half.
India did it in the 35th minute and Gurjit was separated by the second and fourth goals in India. With this benefit, the team took a final break.
The last quarter was in a bad mood, the teams sometimes fell to ten. But India held the game tightly and carefully stepped into the circle to keep Poland on the defensive.
India’s fifth goal came in the 56th minute with the excellent work of Navneet Kaura. The name brought the ball back into the net at the top of the field circle, released something on the scoreboard, and shot into the lower corner. Gabara lowered her hand, but the firepower was too great to save her.
It was the last action in which India scored a nice 5-0 victory.