Abdul Samad, Hockey's 'Iqbal' Pursues His Dream

The story of Abdul Samad from Bhopal is an inspirational one as he has overcome many difficulties in his path of playing national hockey for India.

Abdul Samad, Hockey's 'Iqbal' Pursues His Dream

'Luck by Chance' - On the Hockey Turf

It's a Sunday morning and you're about to start a game of hockey and suddenly a familiar face approaches you and politely asks 'can I get a game?'. You're stumped on a hockey turf because you don't know how to answer that question when a former Indian Hockey Captain is the one asking you that question.

'Luck by Chance' - On the Hockey Turf

Azlan Shah Hockey: Heartbreak for India as Late Kiwi Strike Dents Hopes of Draw

Andy Hayward's goal in the dying minutes denied India a chance to split points with New Zealand in the Azlan Shah hockey tournament.

Azlan Shah Hockey: Heartbreak for India as Late Kiwi Strike Dents Hopes of Draw

Asian Games: Made-for-TV Format to Test Hockey Rivals

The new rules will see the traditional two halves of 35 minutes each replaced by four 15-minute quarters, with additional 40-second time-outs before penalty corners and after goals have been scored.

Asian Games: Made-for-TV Format to Test Hockey Rivals

Hockey World Cup: Resurgent India Look to Halt Australian Juggernaut

India bounced back well to beat Malaysia 3-2 after losing back-to-back matches to start with and Sardar Singh's men would draw from the new-found self-belief when they come face-to-face against the marauding Australians.

Hockey World Cup: Resurgent India Look to Halt Australian Juggernaut

Former hockey players lambast 'bunch of mediocre' Olympians

There is a dearth of quality hockey players in India and the present national team possesses a "bunch of mediocre" individuals who are just satisfied to be Olympians, feel yesteryear stars of the game.

Former hockey players lambast 'bunch of mediocre' Olympians

London 2012 Hockey is the latest Google Doodle

It is the sixth day of the London Olympics and Google has chosen this time, to represent hockey as its chosen sport for Wednesday.

London 2012 Hockey is the latest Google Doodle

1980 Olympics: India win hockey gold as top teams stay out

After a tumultuous period following the hockey debacle at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, India fielded a relatively young but talented side for the Moscow Games where barring skipper Vasudevan Baskaran and goalkeeper Bir Bahadur Chhetri, the rest made their debut.

1980 Olympics: India win hockey gold as top teams stay out

1976 Olympics: India's worst show in hockey

Barely a year after winning the World Cup in the hot and steamy Kuala Lumpur, Indian hockey slid to its nadir amidst considerable controversy and acrimony among players as the high profile team finished a shocking seventh. The unheralded New Zealand won the gold on the spanking new synthetic pitch that made its international debut.

1976 Olympics: India's worst show in hockey

1972 Olympics: Germany's triumph ends Asian dominance

The Indian hockey team to the Munich Olympics sported a new look with only four players from the 1968 edition making the cut. Making his Olympic debut was Ashok Kumar, son of legendary Dhyan Chand and also the fiery forward B.P. Govinda, who went on to become an iconic figure with the distinctive head band.

1972 Olympics: Germany's triumph ends Asian dominance

1968 Olympics: India's slide in hockey begins

Behind the veneer of "unity" and "team spirit" that was projected to the public, Indian hockey was almost torn apart by petty politics, groupism and ego clashes in the months leading to the 1968 Mexico Olympics where Indian hockey's slide well and truly began.

1968 Olympics: India's slide in hockey begins

1964 Olympics: India regain hockey supremacy

The echoes of the 1960 Olympics defeat could be heard in Tokyo where the Indian hockey team was not expected to win, at least according to the Indian media that doubted whether the gold medal could be regained given Pakistan's ascendency.

1964 Olympics: India regain hockey supremacy

1960 Olympics: Pakistan dethrone India

It turned out to be a landmark competition for Indian hockey as the country's dominance at the World level, and specifically the Olympics, ended with the loss to Pakistan in the final. Though India were to regain the gold four years later and again in 1980, the wheel of fortune had turned.

1960 Olympics: Pakistan dethrone India

1956 Olympics: India's dominance continues

The discerning reckon the hockey team to the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, led by centre-forward Balbir Singh, was one of the best ever to leave Indian shores. The squad was brimming with experience and youth besides tremendous firepower. It was hardly a surprise then that the team came away with another gold medal, the sixth in a row.

1956 Olympics: India's dominance continues

1952 Olympics: Babu leads bunch of no-hopers to fifth gold

The team selection ahead of the 1952 Games was marred by such controversy that India looked destined to return home from Finland empty handed.

1952 Olympics: Babu leads bunch of no-hopers to fifth gold

1948 Olympics: Fourth gold medal healed wounds of partition

It was a wonder that India managed to field a team for the 1948 Olympics which were held on the conclusion of the World War II and a year after the traumatic partition that threw the sub-continent into a massive turmoil.

1948 Olympics: Fourth gold medal healed wounds of partition

1936 Olympics: Dhyan Chand's last hurrah

As destiny would have it, the Berlin Games was to be Dhyan Chand's third and last Olympics at the age of 31, for he had decided to retire.

1936 Olympics: Dhyan Chand's last hurrah

Olympics 1932: Despite groupism India won their second gold

Having won their first Olympic hockey gold four years ago, the Indian hockey team found itself in unusual circumstances at the 1936 Los Angeles Games. But despite the bickering and groupism in the team, India won their second gold medal.

Olympics 1932: Despite groupism India won their second gold
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