England face old rivals in European Championships

England women celebrate a goal at the 2011 EuroHockey Nations Championships in Monchengladbach (c) hockeyimages.co.uk


The pools and fixtures for this year’s European Championships – the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships 2013 - have been announced by the European Hockey Federation and the host country, Belgium.

An exciting women’s Pool B draw will pitch England against rivals Germany (the 2011 silver medallists), Scotland and Spain, whom England beat to clinch the bronze medal two years ago. Scotland return to European hockey’s top table after successfully gaining promotion in 2011. Olympic gold medallists the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Belarus will contest Pool A.

England’s men have been drawn against Olympic and European silver medallists the Netherlands, Ireland and Poland in Pool B of the men’s competition. In Pool A, reigning Olympic champions Germany will take on the hosts Belgium, Spain and newcomers the Czech Republic.

Women's Pool A Women's Pool B
Netherlands England
Belgium Germany
Ireland Spain
Belarus Scotland
Men's Pool A Men's Pool B
Germany Netherlands
Spain England
Belgium Ireland
Czech Republic Poland

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Supporters' Tour

England Hockey is planning to host a Supporters' Tour to the TriFinance EuroHockey Nations Championships, which run from 17 – 25 August 2015. To register your interest, please email richard.fynn@englandhockey.co.uk.

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England's Fixtures, TriFinance EuroHockey Nations Championships

Saturday 17 August 2013 Sunday 18 August 2013
England women v Spain England men v Poland
England women v Germany
Monday 19 August 2013 Tuesday 20 August 2013
England men v Netherlands England women v Scotland
Wednesday 21 August 2013 Thursday 22 August 2013
England men v Ireland Women's semi finals/classification
Friday 23 August 2013 Saturday 24 August 2013
Men's semi finals/classification Women's medal matches/classification
Sunday 25 August 2013
Men's medal matches/classification

“As President of the EHF, it is my pleasure to endorse the match schedule for the upcoming TriFinance EuroHockey Championships. It is always a challenging task to get the balance right between the fundamental importance of the welfare of the players, whilst trying to ensure that the tournament is enhanced by having the local games at attractive times. In addition, we are mindful of the demands of television scheduling, a vital component to the success of the tournament,” says Marijke Fleuren, President, EHF.

“The winners, both Women and Men become European Champions and win a direct ticket to the 2014 FIH World Cup in Den Haag, underlining the importance of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships. I am really looking forward to the tournament and know the massive volume of work that will be undertaken by the organising committee over the coming months. I wish them well and assure them of the continued support of the EHF, our volunteers and staff.”

Eduard Biekens, chairman of the organising committee, says: “We are very pleased with this match schedule. The priority for us as organisation is the optimal combination of a high-quality sports event in a family concept, with an abundance of entertainment. We want to have one huge hockey party. We therefore take account of both the sporting aspect and the times of the matches for visitors from our neighbouring countries and obviously also the matches of our Red Lions and Red Panthers. With this programme, we can guarantee our objective of combining hockey and entertainment"

SOURCE: Adapted from EHF Press Release