The Netherlands vs Germany
5th December, Wednesday, 17:00 IST
Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Day 8 of the Hockey World Cup will mark the conclusion of the 2nd round of group stage matches. There has already been a lot of drama that has been witnessed by hockey fans around the world in the ongoing hockey extravaganza in Bhubaneshwar.
The Pool D teams who will be first in action on the day are the Netherlands and Germany. Both the teams are coming into the all-important fixture on the back of wins.
The Seve van Ass-led side completely destroyed the World Rank 12 Malaysian team in their first encounter of the World Cup. Gaffer Max Caldas would be extremely proud of how his boys performed and keen on bringing glory to the nation.
Jeroen Hertzberger’s scored 3 exceptional goals for the Netherlands in their win against Malaysia and will be the man to watch out for in the game against Germany as well. Maestro defender Mink van der Weerden, young striker Thierry Brinkman, Mirco Pruyser, and Robbert Kemperman were the other goalscorers for The Netherlands in their 7-0 win.
Meanwhile, Germany also got off to a winning start as they defeated Pakistan 1-0. However, they faced a much stiffer challenge from the Green Machines and it was a hard-fought win for them. Marco Miltkau scored the solitary goal of the match to help his side to victory.
Coach Stefan Kermas would not be entirely satisfied with how his boys performed in their first match as they missed quite a few good opportunities to score. The German gaffer has a lot to worry about as his side get ready to square off against The Netherlands, who are currently ranked 4th in the World as per FIH.
The last meeting between the two teams was the quarterfinal of the Hockey World League 2016-17. Germany went on to win the match 4-3 on penalties after the score during regulation time was tied at 3-3. Before this meeting, Netherlands had defeated Germany 7-1 in an international friendly.
2 of the previous 5 meetings between the two teams have gone in favour of Germany, 2 in favour of Netherlands, and 1 has ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
Germany were the Champions at the 2002 and 2006 Hockey World Cups whereas The Netherlands have lifted the coveted trophy thrice (in 1973, 1990, and 1998). The upcoming match promises to be an enthralling contest.
Form Guide (most recent to oldest, pre-season):
Netherlands: W W W W W (excellent)
Germany: W W W W W (excellent)
Head to Head:
Won by Netherlands: 11
Won by Germany: 10
Probable Starting XI:
Netherlands: Pirmin Blaak (Goalkeeper), Mink van der Weerden, Sander de Wijn, Sander Baart, Glenn Schuurman, Robbert Kemperman, Seve van Ass, Billy Bakker, Jeroen Hertzberger, Thierry Brinkman, Mirco Pruijser
Germany: Tobias Walter (Goalkeeper), Tobias Hauke, Tom Grambusch, Martin Häner, Mathias Müller, Niklas Wellen, Benedikt Fürk, Johannes Große, Florian Fuchs, Mats Grambusch, Marco Miltkau
My Dream XI
30-year-old Pirmin Blaak — custodian for The Netherlands — did well whenever called to action against the Malaysians and will be our choice of goalkeeper.
Mink van der Weerden, Martin Häner, Sander de Wijn, Mathias Müller
Mink van der Weerden and his exceptional abilities via Penalty corners helps him secure his place in the Dream 11. The drag-flicker was the top scorer with 8 goals when the Netherlands won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. The 30-year-old also scored Netherlands’ solitary goal in their 1-2 loss against Germany in the final of the coveted event.
30-year-old captain of the German side Martin Häner cannot be left out of the squad at any cost as he has a wealth of experience with over 200 caps for the national team.
Sander de Wijn displayed exceptional defensive abilities against Malaysia and is an important cog in the Netherlands’ backline.
Mathias Müller brings young blood to the German team. He was a part of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics Bronze medal-winning squad.
Niklas Wellen, Robbert Kemperman, Benedikt Fürk
Niklas Wellen is a promising youngster in the German team and has already won over 100 caps for the national team at age 23.
Robbert Kemperman has been a part of the Netherlands national team since he was just 17 years old. The 28-year-old has achieved a lot of success and was part of the team when they won silver at the 2012 London Olympics, Bronze at the World Cup in New Delhi, and silver at the 2014 World Cup at home at The Hague.
30-year-old Benedikt Fürk was not at his best during the match against Pakistan and is expected to bounce back strongly.
Florian Fuchs, Jeroen Hertzberger, Mirco Pruijser
Florian Fuchs has 188 caps for the German national team. In 109 appearances for the senior team, the talented forward has scored 52 goals.
Jeroen Hertzberger will remember his hat-trick against Malaysia in Netherlands’ opening match of the 2018 Hockey World Cup for a long time. The veteran Dutch player is just in clinical form and is expected to score many more goals for his team in the upcoming matches.
Mirco Pruijser scored a brilliant goal against Malaysia and put in a lot of effort in the match. His contribution will again prove to be vital for the Dutch when they face Germany.
Alternative: Thierry Brinkman in place of Florian Fuchs
Captain: Jeroen Hertzberger
Vice-captain: Mink van der Weerden
Player to watch out for: Jeroen Hertzberger
The experienced Netherlands player is currently in the form of his life. He is expected to set the stadium on fire with his attacking prowess once again.