India clubbed with Belgium for Hockey Men's World Cup

Asian champion India will open its campaign against South Africa on November 28 before taking on European giants Belgium on December 2 and Canada on December 8.

India has been placed in Pool C for the Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar to be held from Nov 28-Dec 16.   -  PTI

In a favourable draw, host India was today clubbed in Pool C along side Olympics silver medallists Belgium, World No. 11 Canada and African continental champion South Africa in the men's Hockey World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar from November 28-December 16.

According to the schedule announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) today, Asian champion India will open its campaign against South Africa on November 28 before taking on European giants Belgium on December 2 and Canada on December 8.

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Pool A, meanwhile, consists of Rio 2016 Olympic champion Argentina, New Zealand, Spain and France.

There are a few marquee fixtures in the pool phase, including the mouth-watering Pool D meeting between two former world champions Germany and Pakistan on December 1.

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England will be aiming to upset the mighty Australians on December 4.

The Pool stages will run from November 28 to December 9 and will be followed by the quarterfinals on December 12-13.

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A first-place finish in each pool will guarantee a berth in the quarterfinals, with the second and third place finishers in each pool needing to win a cross-over match, which will be played on 10-11 December, in order to reach the last eight.

The quarterfinals will take place on 12 -13 December. The semifinals will be played on 15 December, with the bronze medal and the showpiece final scheduled for 16 December.

Men's Hockey World Cup

Pool A: Argentina, New Zealand, Spain, France

Pool B: Australia, England, Ireland, China

Pool C: Belgium, India, Canada, South Africa

Pool D: Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan.