Germany retains men's Junior World Cup Hockey 2013

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Defending champion Germany walked away with the men's 'Hockey Junior World Cup' 2013 for the record 6th time after decimating surprise-finalist France 5–2 in the final. The Netherlands captured the 3rd place thrashing Malaysia 7–2 in the 10th edition of this 16-nation championship held in New Delhi, India.

Facts:

  • The championship, also known as the Roger Danet Trophy, is organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and has been held every four years since 1985 (happened in 1979 and 1982 as well). 
  • All the players must be under the age of 21 as of December 31 in the year before the tournament is held. 
  • Germany is the most successful team with six trophies while Argentina (2005), Australia (1997), India (2001) and Pakistan (1979) have captured one each.
  • Germany has lifted the trophies in 1982, 85, 89, 93, 2009 and one now in 2013. 
  • France was in the final for the first time ever.

India:

  • The Indian team limped to the 10th place having lost to arch-rival Pakistan by 4-2 in penalty-shootout in the play-off match for 9th & 10th positions. 

Teams with their respective positions:

  • 1. Germany 
  • 2. France 
  • 3. The Netherlands 
  • 4. Malaysia 
  • 5. Australia 
  • 6. Belgium 
  • 7. New Zealand 
  • 8. Korea 
  • 9. Pakistan 
  • 10. India 
  • 11. Argentina
  • 12. South Africa 
  • 13. Spain 
  • 14. England 
  • 15. Egypt 
  • 16. Canada 

Awards:

  • Player of the final: Niklas Wellen of Germany.
  • Player of the Tournament: Christopher Rühr of Germany.
  • Goal-keeper of the Tournament: Edgar Reynaud of France.
  • Top Scorer: Christopher Rühr of Germany with a total of 9 goals including a hat-trick in the all important final. 

More:

  • The next championship is scheduled to take place in India in 2016.
  • The corresponding world cup for the women's junior teams is in place since 1989 and uses the same format as the men's one.
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