Hockey World Cup LIVE action starts, South Africa plays Argentina in opener, Hosts India lock horns vs Spain at 7 PM: Follow LIVE updates 

Hockey World Cup LIVE – Argentina vs South Africa LIVE: The 15th edition of the Men’s Hockey World Cup will get underway on Friday, 13th January 2023. The first day of the tournament is set to feature four matches. Argentina and South Africa will begin the proceedings by facing each other at 1 PM IST. World No.1 Australia will then kickstaet theur campaign against France at 3 PM. Later in the evening England and Wales will clash with each other. Hosts India are set to take on Spain in the final match of the day. The matches will be played across both the venues in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. Follow India vs Spain match & Indian Hockey Team LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN 

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Hockey World CUP Format

  • The 16 teams have been divided into four pools.
  • Each team in its respective pool will play the other three teams once, and the pool-topper will progress to the quarterfinals.
  • The teams ranked second and third in each pool will play the crossover matches that will decide the remaining four quarterfinalists.
  • The two semifinals will be played on January 27 and the final on January 29.

FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup Fixtures – Day 1

Date Stage Fixture Time
Jan 13, 2023 Pool A Argentina vs South Africa 01 PM IST
Jan 13, 2023 Pool A Australia vs France 03 PM IST
Jan 13, 2023 Pool D England vs Wales 05 PM IST
Jan 13, 2023 Pool D India vs Spain 07 PM IST

Argentina vs South Africa 

Argentina enter the contest as one of the favourites. The 2016 Rio Olympics champion are eyeing their first ever title in the World Cup. They have been a potent force over the years and look to take inspiration from their country’s footballers, who won the FIFA World Cup much recently. Their best finish so far in a World Cup so far is a bronze medal finish in 2014 edition.

The team will heavily rely upon their experienced trio – Agustin Mazzilli, Lucas Vila and skipper Matias Rey. They also have a good mix of youth as well and will look to continue their fast and energetic style of play. They look to begin their campaign with a victory but are wary of a South African side that recently won the Nations Cup title.

The South Africans have been performing well over the last 18 months. The Men in Green are definitely looking to better their previous year’s performance in which they finished 10th. The team has a good exhuberance of youth under the leadership of 23-year old Dayaan Caseim. Caseim, his younger brother Mustaphaa Caseim and Guy Morgan have emerged as a vital cog to the team. They were the team’s leading goal-scorers at the Nations League and are looking to continue their form against the mighty Argentinians.

Hockey World Cup LIVE: Hockey World Cup set to get underway, South Africa face Argentina in opener, Hosts India lock horns against Spain at 7 PM - Follow LIVE updates 
Hockey World Cup LIVE: Hockey World Cup set to get underway, South Africa face Argentina in opener, Hosts India lock horns against Spain at 7 PM – Follow LIVE updates

Australia vs France

World No.1 Australia are looking to get their hands on their fourth World Cup title. The Kookaburras will begin their campaign against France as the overwhelming favourites. They have been on a brilliant run in the build-up to the tournament. They beat India 4-1 in a Test series recently. They also claimed their seventh title at the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Known for its attcking game style, Australia has players like Nathan Ephraums, Blake Glovers and Tom Craig who will pose a big threat against the Spanish defence in the upcoming contest.

France on the other hand are just playing their third editon of the world. However, they managed to reach the quarterfinals in the last edition and aim to better their performance. Their recent form has been great as they finished as runner-up in the Nations Cup. Victor Charlet, Timithee Clement are some of the key players for them. However their defence needs to be at their absolute best in order to restrict the Australians.

 England vs Wales

England ill take on their neighbour Wales in the first match of the World Cup. They are one of the consistent sides in Hockey. However they are yet to win a World Cup title, Their best performance so far is a silver medal in 1986. In the last three editions, the team led by Zachary Wallace managed to reach the quarterfinal. However they couldn’t go past it. This year they are aiming to better the performance and enter their opening game against Wales as the favourite.

Meanwhile, Wales will be playing their first-ever World Cup game on Thursday. However, most of their players have represented Great Britain in the past during Olympics. Wales however have been part of the Commonwealth Games. They finished the 2022 eduition at the sixth spot. The team has been consistently showing improvement and has finally made it to the World Cup. Againsg England, they look to start off well.

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India vs Spain

World No.6 India is finally aiming to win a Hockey World Cup after four decades. Their only title in the event came in the year 1975. The team led by Harmanpreet Singh is looking to put the disappointment of 2018 behind. In the previous edition, the team finished at the sixth spot.

Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Goalkeeper Sreejesh will all be a vital cog for the team. They will have to rally the team from the front to add the elusive Hockey World Cup in their trophy cabinet after four decades.

Spain are ranked World No.8 in the FIH Rankings. A World Cup trophy has eluded them so far. They are aiming to end the drought in the upcoming edition. Their recent record in multi-team tournaments is not looking great. In the last edition of the World Cup, they finished at a lowly 13th spot.

Where to watch Hockey World Cup matches 2023 LIVE streaming? 

Starsports Network will broadcast all the Hockey World Cup 2023 matches LIVE. The matches can also be watched LIVE on Disney+Hotstar and Watch Hockey App.

Hockey World Cup LIVE: Hockey World Cup set to get underway, South Africa face Argentina in opener, Hosts India lock horns against Spain at 7 PM – Follow LIVE updates 

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