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Monday, August 31, 2009

World Cup Hockey Champions- 1982 (January 31, 1982)



The First World Cup Hockey Tournament was held in Barcelona in 1971 on the initiative of Pakistan Hockey Federation. Pakistan Team by virtue of their magnificent performance won the prestigious Cup.

Pakistan Hockey Team repeated their performance in the 4th World Cup Hockey Tournament held in Argentina in 1978 when they defeated Holland by 3 goals to 2 in the Final.

Again in 1981 Pakistan Hockey team participated in the 5th World Cup Hockey Tournament held in Bombay from 29th December, 1981 to 12th January, 1982. Pakistan, West Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Poland, Argentina, Holland, India, Russia, Australia, England and Malaysia took part in this tournament.

In the opening match against Spain Pakistan won comfortably by 4—1. In their second pool match against New Zealand Pakistan team set a new record for the highest number of goals scored by a team in the World Cup. improving their own record of nine goals against Argentina at Buenos Aires in 1978. Pakistan team won all their pool matches and secured maximum points. The results of the pool matches are as under

Pakistan

W. Germany

New Zealand

Spain

Poland

Argentina

Pakistan

-

5-3

12-3

4-1

4-1

6-1

W. Germany

3-5

-

2-1

1-1

5-3

2-0

New Zealand

3-12

1-2

-

2-0

1-0

3-5

Spain

1-4

1-1

0-2

-

0-1

4-2

Poland

1-4

3-5

0-1

1-0

-

2-1

Argentina

1-6

0-2

5-3

2-4

1-2

-

In the Finals against West Germany Pakistan won convincingly by 3—1 thus extending their uninterrupted reign to eight years. The margin does not reflect the true character of the victory. Pakistan’s domination was total and complete barring the first five minutes when the Germans scored the only goal of the match against Pakistan.

Pakistan Post Office is issuing two commemorative postage stamps of the denomination of Re.1/- each to commemorate the victory of Pakistan in the 5th World Cup Hockey Tournament.