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Hockey, Men

Date18 – 30 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationStade Percival-Molson, Montréal, Québec
Participants172 from 11 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification round matches.

This hockey tournament was the first to be played on artificial turf. The International Hockey Federation was initially opposed to this, but the Canadians claimed they would be unable to offer quality natural grass pitches for the entire tournament. Nowadays, all international matches are played on artificial surfaces. The number of participating nations had been cut back from 16 to 12, and was further reduced when Kenya joined the African boycott. Great Britain had lost to Belgium for the final qualifying position. Ghana was the next African team after Kenya, but they had played very poorly in qualifying so Britain was offered the spot when Kenya announced they would withdraw. However, Kenya did not notify the IOC of their withdrawal in time so the Fédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH) elected to play the tournament with only 11 teams. The British team was actually at Heathrow Airport when they heard the news, preparing to leave for Montreal, but they had to return to their homes.

The tournament had many upsets. 1975 World Champion India did not make the semi-finals, and neither did defending Olympic Champion West Germany. Oceanian nations Australia and New Zealand did make the cut, along with hockey powerhouses Pakistan and the Netherlands. The latter team had been unbeaten in pool play, and heavily underestimated their semi-final opponents, New Zealand. After three overtime periods, the Kiwis scored the winning goal from a penalty corner. The other country from “down under”, Australia, also upset their opponents 2-1, to make for a completely unexpected final line-up. This was even more surprising as the artificial turf was assumed to be an advantage to technically superior teams. The final was a rather boring affair, with Tony Ineson scoring the only goal on a penalty corner.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPtsGoals
1New ZealandNZL4211010–9Gold
2AustraliaAUS5031017–9Silver
3PakistanPAK411920–10Bronze
4NetherlandsNED5021014–8
5West GermanyFRG312722–13
6SpainESP223612–18
7IndiaIND404817–13
8MalaysiaMAS20544–11
9BelgiumBEL303611–19
10CanadaCAN10526–14
11ArgentinaARG10526–15
DNSKenyaKEN

Preliminary Round (18 – 26 July 1976)

Group A (18 – 26 July 1976)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1NED5001011–3Q
2AUS402815–7Q
3IND303613–10
4MAS20343–7
5CAN10424–11
6ARG10424–12

Match #1 18 Jul 10:00IND 4 – 0ARG
Match #2 18 Jul 12:00AUS 2 – 0MAS
Match #3 19 Jul 15:00NED 3 – 1IND
Match #4 19 Jul 17:00AUS 3 – 0CAN
Match #5 20 Jul 10:00NED 2 – 0MAS
Match #6 20 Jul 12:00CAN 3 – 1ARG
Match #7 21 Jul 15:00AUS 6 – 1IND
Match #8 21 Jul 17:00MAS 2 – 0ARG
Match #9 22 Jul 10:00IND 3 – 0CAN
Match #10 22 Jul 12:00NED 2 – 1AUS
Match #11 23 Jul 15:00NED 1 – 0ARG
Match #12 23 Jul 17:00MAS 1 – 0CAN
Match #13 24 Jul 10:00IND 3 – 0MAS
Match #14 24 Jul 12:00ARG 3 – 2AUS
Match #15 25 Jul 17:00NED 3 – 1CAN
Play-off 26 Jul 13:00AUS 1 – 1
AET, 5-4 PS
IND

Group B (18 – 26 July 1976)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1PAK310716–6Q
2NZL22167–8Q
3ESP12249–8
4FRG112310–10
5BEL10325–15

Match #1 18 Jul 15:00PAK 5 – 0BEL
Match #2 18 Jul 17:00FRG 1 – 1NZL
Match #3 19 Jul 10:00ESP 2 – 2PAK
Match #4 20 Jul 15:00ESP 1 – 1NZL
Match #5 21 Jul 10:00PAK 4 – 2FRG
Match #6 21 Jul 12:00NZL 2 – 1BEL
Match #7 22 Jul 17:00ESP 4 – 1FRG
Match #8 23 Jul 10:00BEL 3 – 2ESP
Match #9 24 Jul 15:00PAK 5 – 2NZL
Match #10 24 Jul 17:00FRG 6 – 1BEL
Play-off 26 Jul 16:00NZL 1 – 0
AET
ESP

Classification Round 5-8 (29 July 1976)

Classification matches.

Match #1 29 Jul 12:00ESP 2 – 1MAS
Match #2 29 Jul 17:00FRG 3 – 2IND

Classification Round 9-11 (28 July 1976)

Classification matches.

Match #1 28 Jul 12:00BEL 3 – 2
AET
ARG

Semi-Finals (28 July 1976)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 28 Jul 15:00AUS 2 – 1PAK
Match #2 28 Jul 17:00NZL 2 – 1
AET
NED

Final Round (28 – 30 July 1976)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 30 Jul 17:00NZL 1 – 0AUS
Match 3/4 30 Jul 15:00PAK 3 – 2NED
Match 5/6 30 Jul 12:00FRG 9 – 1ESP
Match 7/8 30 Jul 10:00IND 2 – 0MAS
Match 9/10 29 Jul 10:00BEL 3 – 2
AET
CAN

Rankings

Goals
Field Goals
Penalty Corner Goals
Penalty Stroke Goals
Green Cards
Yellow Cards
Red Cards