Last week saw this years major indoor tournament, the Men’s Euro Hockey Indoor Championships.
The European indoor competitions sees a lot of lesser known hockey nations competing at the top of the sport. There is three levels of European Indoor Championships, a breakdown of the teams in each competition can be seen on the Euro Hockey website.
The European Indoor Championship
The top tier of competition was held in Berlin, Germany, a mecca for indoor hockey. The German fans come out in strength to support their national team, especially for the indoor game. It makes tournaments held in Germany great for spectators and players alike.
There were great highlights throughout the week, one being the last second winner by Germany vs Holland, this is what indoor hockey is all about and why fans love it. Goals can be scored in an instance.
Austria, current Men’s European and World champions and Germany we set to meet in the final, as expected. This was a rerun of the Indoor World Cup final also held in Berlin 2 years ago. Always a close affair against these two indoor powerhouses, fans came out in force for the Saturday night game. The young German side came out on top winning the Men’s Indoor Euro Hockey Championship 6-2.
In a stunning display of indoor hockey, the German men put on a show to the packed stadium in Berlin. Korper put Austria ahead from one of his lethal corners but the young German side, led by Paul Doesch (who scored 2 of the 6) showcased indoor hockey with goals scored at speed to put the very experienced current World Champions under pressure from the start of the game. Germany was ahead 2-1 at the half time break and followed up with one goal in the 3rd and 3 in the final quarter to put the game beyond the Austrians.Match report from Euro Hockey
The Dutch won the bronze medal with a emphatic win over Russia 11-3 showing their strength in the indoor game.
The full matches can still be watched on the Euro Hockey TV website. https://www.eurohockeytv.org/en-int/page/home-ehf-hockey