Hockey World Cup: Attention Deficit

Posted on September 7, 2006
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Saadia Khan

The World Cup Hockey 2006 is being hosted by Germany in Manchengladbach right now. Yet, it is not even a subject of discussion amongst most Pakistanis. That is sad, because once hockey was followed as much by Pakistanis as cricket is.

The current Pakistan team is not a bad one and some believe that it has a realistic shot at winning the world title. Yet,the team gets very little support from Pakistanis.

Pakistan just began its firts match, against Japan. We all hope it will end in victory. India has played two matches and lost both; to hosts Germany and England.

During the FIFA Football World Cup 2006 (see ATP posts on Pakistan and FIFA World Cup here and here), tickets were extremely expensive and hard to get. In comparison, the tickets for World Cup Hockey in Germany 2006 are so cheap that even Pakistani students living in Germany can go and watch the live match and get opportunity to support the Pakistani team.

Luckily there is a good tradition here that some Germans will get the Pakistani flags to support the guest team in their homeland. This is good and I know those Germans who will be holding the Pakistani flag will be happy when the team will win the match. Many Germans say Pakistan is their favorite team to watch. But this cannot compare to the enthusiasm that support from Pakistani fans – in Germany but also in Pakistan and elsewhere on TV and through the press – will mean for the players.

Unfortunately, however, we have forgotten the legends of Pakistan hockey who brought the world cup titles home and made Pakistan one of the most successful Men’s hockey team ever.

In fact, the World Cup was originally conceived and created by Pakistan and even the Trophy was designed and given by Pakistan.

So, sports fans, maybe its time to show your support for the hockey team too!

This guest post was received from reader Saadia Khan, from Bremen, Germany.

19 responses to “Hockey World Cup: Attention Deficit”

  1. Roshan Malik says:

    @Owais: Here is Zahoor’s (Daily Times) cartoon on the performance of our Hockey team.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006 9\15\story_15-9-2006_pg3_7

  2. Owais Mughal says:

    It is not a news anymore but to keep records complete, Pakistan ended the tournament by securing 6th position. Germany won the world cup

  3. Owais Mughal says:

    Arg 1, Pak 0. looks like ‘khel khatam, paisa hazam’ and ‘lauT ke buddhoo, ghar ko aaye’

  4. Owais Mughal says:

    pak 2 spain 2

  5. Owais Mughal says:

    Pak 4 New Zealand 4

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