India and Belgium have a long-standing hockey rivalry. Here’s a look at the history of the two teams and what their rivalry means for the sport.
India and Belgium have a long and storied history in the sport of hockey, with both countries having achieved great success on the world stage. In recent years however, their rivalry has intensified, with both teams frequently meeting in high-profile tournament finals.
This rivalry first gained prominence at the 2016 Junior World Cup where India and Belgium met in the final. India had won the tournament twice before, in 2001 and 2013, while Belgium were appearing in their first ever final. In a tightly contested match, it was India who eventually emerged victorious, winning 3-2 to claim their third title.
However, it was Belgium who would have the last laugh later that year, when they defeated India 2-1 in the final of the Champions Trophy. This was a huge upset, as India were the reigning Olympic champions and were widely expected to win the tournament.
The two teams met again at the 2018 World Cup with India once again coming out on top with a 2-1 victory. This win saw India become only the second team to retain their World Cup title, after Australia’s feats in 2010 and 2014.
With both teams currently ranked in the top 10 in the world, it is clear that their rivalry is set to continue for many years to come.
India and Belgium have been fierce rivals in the sport of hockey for many years. The rivalry began in the early 20th century when both countries were competing for the title of “