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Hockey, Men

Date15 – 27 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kentro Khokei, Olympiako Syngrotima Ellenikou, Hellinikon
Participants192 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification round matches.

Before the Olympics, there was a dispute over the participation of the home nation, Greece. It is common for the host country to compete in all Olympic team sports, but Greece had no history in field hockey, and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) required them to qualify through normal ways. When they failed to place for the qualification tournament, they were given a second chance in a play-off series against Canada, which they lost 2-0. Now, the Greeks appealled to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which ruled in favor of the FIH.

The three top countries of the 2002 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur - Germany, Australia and Netherlands - all qualified from their pool matches in Athens. The semi-final line-up was completed by Spain, 11th in Malaysia, and as in 1996, performing much better at the Olympics. The defending World Champions were toppled by the Dutch (3-2), while the Australians overpowered Spain 6-3. Since the Dutch had gone undefeated in their pool and beaten Australia, they were the slight favorites, and looking for a third consecutive gold medal. They were coached by Australian Terry Walsh, a silver medallist himself in 1976. Although the Australian hockey women had been very successful, the men had never won Olympic gold despite reaching three finals and winning five medals.

The final was a close affair. The Dutch squad took the lead through cousins Matthijs (assist) and Ronald Brouwer (goal). The Australians responded with a second half offensive, resulting in the equalizer by Travis Brooks in the 37th minute. Australia had the best opportunities for the winning goal in the remaining time, but the score remained 1-1. A sudden death (or )golden goal)) overtime followed. After 8 minutes, Australia won a penalty corner. The shot was fumbled, but Australia’s star player Jamie Dwyer picked it up to clinch the gold. Later that year he would receive the FIH’s World Hockey Player of the Year award.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPtsGoals
1AustraliaAUS5111622–14Gold
2NetherlandsNED6011820–13Silver
3GermanyGER4211421–12Bronze
4SpainESP3221120–13
5PakistanPAK5021526–10
6New ZealandNZL4031219–18
7IndiaIND214716–18
8Republic of KoreaKOR223822–17
9Great BritainGBR304914–23
10South AfricaRSA205615–17
11ArgentinaARG124513–19
12EgyptEGY00705–39

Preliminary Round (15 – 23 August 2004)

Group A (15 – 23 August 2004)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1ESP3201114–3Q
2GER3201115–6Q
3PAK302919–8
4KOR221817–8
5GBR10439–21
6EGY00502–30

Match #1 15 Aug 08:30-09:50ESP 1 – 1KOR
Match #2 15 Aug 18:00-19:20GER 2 – 1PAK
Match #3 15 Aug 20:00-21:20GBR 3 – 1EGY
Match #4 17 Aug 10:30-11:50KOR 3 – 2GBR
Match #5 17 Aug 20:00-21:20PAK 7 – 0EGY
Match #6 17 Aug 18:30-19:50ESP 1 – 1GER
Match #7 19 Aug 08:30-09:50PAK 3 – 0KOR
Match #8 19 Aug 18:00-19:20GER 6 – 1EGY
Match #9 19 Aug 20:00-21:20ESP 5 – 1GBR
Match #10 21 Aug 10:30-11:50KOR 11 – 0EGY
Match #11 21 Aug 18:30-19:50ESP 4 – 0PAK
Match #12 21 Aug 20:30-21:50GER 4 – 1GBR
Match #13 23 Aug 10:30-11:50ESP 3 – 0EGY
Match #14 23 Aug 18:30-19:50PAK 8 – 2GBR
Match #15 23 Aug 20:30-21:50GER 2 – 2KOR

Group B (15 – 23 August 2004)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1NED5001516–9Q
2AUS3111014–10Q
3NZL302913–11
4IND113411–13
5RSA10439–15
6ARG02328–13

Match #1 15 Aug 10:30-11:50AUS 4 – 1NZL
Match #2 15 Aug 18:30-19:50RSA 2 – 1ARG
Match #3 15 Aug 20:30-21:50NED 3 – 1IND
Match #4 17 Aug 08:30-09:50ARG 2 – 2AUS
Match #5 17 Aug 18:00-19:20IND 4 – 2RSA
Match #6 17 Aug 20:30-21:50NED 4 – 3NZL
Match #7 19 Aug 10:30-11:50NED 3 – 2RSA
Match #8 19 Aug 18:30-19:50NZL 3 – 1ARG
Match #9 19 Aug 20:30-21:50AUS 4 – 3IND
Match #10 21 Aug 08:30-09:50NZL 2 – 1IND
Match #11 21 Aug 18:00-19:20AUS 3 – 2RSA
Match #12 21 Aug 20:00-21:20NED 4 – 2ARG
Match #13 23 Aug 08:30-09:50NZL 4 – 1RSA
Match #14 23 Aug 18:00-19:20ARG 2 – 2IND
Match #15 23 Aug 20:00-21:20NED 2 – 1AUS

Classification Round 5-8 (25 August 2004)

Classification matches.

Match #1 25 Aug 18:00-19:20NZL 4 – 3KOR
Match #2 25 Aug 20:30-21:50PAK 3 – 0IND

Classification Round 9-12 (25 August 2004)

Classification matches.

Match #1 25 Aug 08:30-09:50RSA 5 – 1EGY
Match #2 25 Aug 11:00-12:20GBR 4 – 1ARG

Semi-Finals (25 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 25 Aug 18:30-19:50NED 3 – 2GER
Match #2 25 Aug 21:00-22:20AUS 6 – 3ESP

Final Round (27 August 2004)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 27 Aug 20:30-22:05AUS 2 – 1
ASDET
NED
Match 3/4 27 Aug 18:00-19:35GER 4 – 3
ASDET
ESP
Match 5/6 27 Aug 11:00-12:20PAK 4 – 2NZL
Match 7/8 27 Aug 08:30-09:50IND 5 – 2KOR
Match 9/10 27 Aug 11:30-13:10GBR 1 – 1
ASDET, 4-3 PS
RSA
Match 11/12 27 Aug 09:00-10:20ARG 4 – 2EGY

Rankings

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