EuroHockey Nations Championship


The EuroHockey Nations Championship is an international men's field hockey competition organised by the European Hockey Federation (EHF) for the top eight European national teams. It is the top division of the EuroHockey Nations Championships. The tournament started in 1970. When the tournament is held close to the Summer Olympic games or the Hockey World Cup, the winner of the tournament is awarded a place in those competitions.

EuroHockey Nations Championship
Most recent season or competition:
2021 Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship
SportField hockey
Founded1970; 51 years ago (1970)
Inaugural season1970
No. of teams8
ContinentEHF (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Netherlands (6th title)
(2021)
Most titles Germany (8 titles)
Level on pyramid1

Format


Since 2005 the tournament is played in Divisions, normally consisting of 8 teams. The top division, containing the eight best national teams, is called the EuroHockey Championship, below which there is the EuroHockey Championship II, then the EuroHockey Championship III, then the EuroHockey Championship IV, and so on.

Qualification

National teams qualify for a division based on their performance in the previous competition. Each time the competition is held, it is with each division's previous top two teams promoted (assuming there is a higher division), and its previous bottom two teams demoted (assuming there is a lower division).

Summary

Assuming divisions consisting of the standard 8 teams, the teams are separated into two pools of four teams. In each pool (pool A and B) the teams play one match against each of the other teams in their pool (three in total). The teams then go on to play classification matches based on their relative ranking from these pool matches to determine their final tournament position.

Details

In each pool, A, and B, all the teams play each other once, with points awarded as follows:

  • 3 points for a win
  • 1 point for a draw
  • 0 points for a loss

Upon completion of these matches, each team in the pool is ranked according to the number of points each has accumulated. If any teams in the pool have the same rank, then these teams are ranked:

  • According to the number of matches they won, or else, if equal
  • According to respective goal difference ('goals for' less 'goals against'), or else
  • According to 'goals for', or else
  • If only two teams are involved, according to the result of the match played between those teams, or else
  • According to the results of a penalty stroke competition between those teams, or else
  • This procedure is repeated using the penalty stroke result until the teams can be ranked

Once the relative ranking of the teams in pools A and B is settled, the semi-finals proceed with two games as follows:

  • Second Pool A v first Pool B
  • First Pool A v Second Pool B

The winners of these matches then play a match against each other for 1st and 2nd places (the final) and the losing teams play a match against each other for 3rd and 4th places (Bronze medal match).

The third and fourth placed teams in each pool are placed in Pool C (the Relegation Pool) in order to determine fifth to eighth places. Each team plays one match against the two teams that they did not previously play. The results from those games and from the game that was previously played against the other team in their original pool are used to rank each team according to the ranking procedure used in Pool A and B.

Dates


The senior (men's and women's) Nations tournaments are held over seven to eight consecutive days (including rest days) some time during the last two weeks of July and the first four weeks of August every odd numbered year (2009, 2011, etc.).

Results


Summaries

Year Host Final Third place game
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1970
Details
Brussels, Belgium
West Germany
3–1
Netherlands

Spain
2–1
France
1974
Details
Madrid, Spain
Spain
1–0
West Germany

Netherlands
4–1
England
1978
Details
Hanover, West Germany
West Germany
3–2 (a.e.t.)
Netherlands

England
2–0
Spain
1983
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Netherlands
2–2 (a.e.t.)
(8–6 p.s.)

Soviet Union

West Germany
3–1
Spain
1987
Details
Moscow, Soviet Union
Netherlands
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–0 p.s.)

England

West Germany
3–2 (a.e.t.)
Soviet Union
1991
Details
Paris, France
Germany
3–1
Netherlands

England
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(2–1 p.s.)

Soviet Union
1995
Details
Dublin, Ireland
Germany
2–2 (a.e.t.)
(9–8 p.s.)

Netherlands

England
2–1
Belgium
1999
Details
Padua, Italy
Germany
3–3 (a.e.t.)
(8–7 p.s.)

Netherlands

England
7–2
Belgium
2003
Details
Barcelona, Spain
Germany
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p.s.)

Spain

England
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(6–5 p.s.)

Netherlands
2005
Details
Leipzig, Germany
Spain
4–2
Netherlands

Germany
9–1
Belgium
2007
Details
Manchester, England
Netherlands
3–2
Spain

Belgium
4–3
Germany
2009
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands
England
5–3
Germany

Netherlands
6–1
Spain
2011
Details
Mönchengladbach, Germany
Germany
4–2
Netherlands

England
2–1
Belgium
2013
Details
Boom, Belgium
Germany
3–1
Belgium

Netherlands
3–2
England
2015
Details
London, England
Netherlands
6–1
Germany

Ireland
4–2
England
2017
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Netherlands
4–2
Belgium

England
4–2
Germany
2019
Details
Antwerp, Belgium
Belgium
5–0
Spain

Netherlands
4–0
Germany
2021
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Netherlands
2–2
(4–1 p.s.o.)

Germany

Belgium
3–2
England
2023
Details
Mönchengladbach, Germany

Top four statistics

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Germany[lower-alpha 1] 8 (1970, 1978, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2011*, 2013) 4 (1974, 2009, 2015, 2021) 3 (1983, 1987, 2005) 3 (2007, 2017, 2019)
 Netherlands 6 (1983, 1987, 2007, 2015, 2017*, 2021*) 7 (1970, 1978, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2011) 4 (1974, 2009, 2013, 2019) 1 (2003)
 Spain 2 (1974, 2005) 3 (2003, 2007, 2019) 1 (1970) 3 (1978, 1983, 2009)
 Belgium 1 (2019*) 2 (2013*, 2017) 2 (2007, 2021) 4 (1995, 1999, 2005, 2011)
 England 1 (2009) 1 (1987) 7 (1978, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2017) 4 (1974, 2013, 2015*, 2021)
 Soviet Union 1 (1983) 2 (1987*, 1991)
 Ireland 1 (2015)
 France 1 (1970)
* = host

Team appearances

Team
1970

1974

1978

1983

1987

1991

1995

1999

2003

2005

2007

2009

2011

2013

2015

2017

2019

2021

2023
Total
 Austria 11th15th11th7th7th5
 Belarus Part of the Soviet Union9th1
 Belgium 5th10th8th10th9th4th4th6th4th3rd5th4th2nd5th2nd1st3rdQ18
 Czech Republic Part of Czechoslovakia8th8th2
 Czechoslovakia 10th9th10thDefunct3
 Denmark 18th14th2
 England 6th4th3rd5th2nd3rd3rd3rd3rd6th5th1st3rd4th4th3rd5th4thQ19
 Finland 16th18th2
 France 4th6th7th6th11th6th12th7th5th5th6th6th8th7th6th15
 Germany[lower-alpha 1] 1st2nd1st3rd3rd1st1st1st1st3rd4th2nd1st1st2nd4th4th2ndQ19
 Gibraltar 12th1
 Hungary 17th1
 Ireland 9th11th8th10th6th7th5th11th9th7th5th6th3rd6th8th15
 Italy 13th12th9th12th12th10th6
 Malta 19th1
 Netherlands 2nd3rd2nd1st1st2nd2nd2nd4th2nd1st3rd2nd3rd1st1st3rd1stQ19
 Poland 7th5th5th9th5th8th6th9th7th7th8th7th8th13
 Portugal 16th1
 Russia Part of the Soviet Union8th12th7th8th8th5
 Scotland 15th7th11th7th8th10th8th8th7th9
 Soviet Union 14th9th2nd4th4thDefunct5
 Spain 3rd1st4th4th7th5th8th5th2nd1st2nd4th6th5th6th5th2nd5th18
  Switzerland 8th17th11th11th10th11th6
 Wales 12th8th6th12th12th10th7th6th6th7th10
 Yugoslavia 13thDefunct1
Total1918121212121212128888888888[1]

See also


Notes


  1. Includes results representing West Germany between 1970 and 1990

References


  1. "Competitions Archive". p. 19. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

Further reading