India is all set to host the International Hockey Federation’s Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 held at Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. It would be a grand affair of 19-days hockey tournament between sixteen teams, including India scheduled from 28th November to 16th December. The opening ceremony of Hockey World Cup is on Tuesday, 27th November. The sixteen teams are divided under four pools, who compete among each other to reach Cross-Overs, Quarter-finals, Semi-Finals and finally enter Finals to grab the Hockey World Cup.

Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup Tournament from 27th November till 16th December (Wikipedia)

Rank-wise India at No 5 in FIH rankings, is positioned in Pool C, alongside Belgium (Rio Olympics runner-up), Canada and South Africa. India will take on South Africa on Wednesday, 28th November on the first day of the tournament. Manpreet Singh leads the Indian side, while Chinglensana Singh is his deputy.

Top 16 teams qualify for Hockey World Cup (InsideSport)

This would be the 14th edition of Men’s World Cup tournament starting from today. India is hosting the prestigious hockey tournament for the third time and it is the first time in Bhubaneshwar from 28th November to 16th December. The Odisha Government has declared holiday today for all the educational institutes in Bhubaneswar, and government and semi-government and financial offices closed from 1.30 pm onward. Bhubaneshwar has geared up with hockey fever. Kalinga stadium is beautifully decorated with colorful lights and flower plants. The city too is looking pretty much clean and the walls are nicely painted with designs related to hockey. Nearly 100 crore rupees are spent by the Odisha Government for renewing and infrastructure.

Men’s World Cup Hockey 2018 begins from 27th November (English News – Dailyhunt)

Opening Ceremony of Hockey World Cup on 27th November

The opening ceremony of Men’s Hockey World Cup is inaugurated at Kalinga stadium from 6 pm onwards. The ceremony covers eight groups of classical 800 dancers performing a wonderful dance. Mumbai RJ Malishka and Raunak rock the stage and woo the audience. The main attractions of this evening are Cine Stars- Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh and AR Rahman performing on stage. Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik will be seen inaugurating the opening ceremony at Kalinga Stadium.

Opening ceremony at Kalinga Stadium (Zee News-

Amazing evening at the Opening Ceremony of World Cup Hockey 2018 (Telegraph India)

Hockey stadium on the Opening Ceremony (Firstpost Hindi)

Madhuri Dixit performing live at Kalinga Stadium (Odisha Diary)

Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and AR Rahman performing on Opening Ceremony (NewsX)

Shah Rukh Khan and AR Rahman in an album for Opening Ceremony excitement (Kalinga TV)

Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and AR Rahman performing live (India TV)

Shah Rukh Khan’s entry into the Kalinga Stadium (India Today)

Hockey World Cup and its Mascot ‘Olly’ (

The cool mascot of Hockey World Cup “Olly” in a yellow cap bears the caption ‘My heart beats for hockey’, a blue shirt and white pants. He holds a hockey stick. This mascot is promoted worldwide as he represents the harmonious coexistence of species and the need to protect endangered creatures.

SRK with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and 16 hockey captains (DNA India)

Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit in different avatars portraying Mother Earth (Times Now)

CM Naveen Patnaik at Mukteshwar Temple, BBSR with 16 captains on 27th November morning (Times Now)

Indian Music Director AR Rahman with other two singers at Kalinga Stadium (Social News XYZ)

Musician AR Rahman croons to thunderous applause (

Odisha Hockey World Cup Bhubaneshwar 2018

16 Participating Teams

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
Argentina Australia Belgium Netherlands
New Zealand England India Germany
Spain Ireland Canada Malaysia
France China South Africa Pakistan

 A full schedule of Hockey World Cup from 27th November-16th December

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony — 17.30 (PM)

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Belgium VS Canada (Pool C) — 17.00 PM: Match 1

India VS South Africa (Pool C) — 19.00 PM: Match 2

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Argentina VS Spain (Pool A) — 17.00 PM: Match 3

New Zealand VS France (Pool A) — 19.00 PM: Match 4

Friday, 30 November 2018

Australia VS Ireland (Pool B) — 17.00 PM: Match 5

England VS China (Pool B) — 19.00 PM: Match 6

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Netherlands VS Malaysia (Pool D) — 17.00 PM: Match 7

Germany VS Pakistan (Pool D) — 19.00 PM: Match 8

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Canada VS South Africa (Pool B) — 17.00 PM: Match 9

India VS Belgium (Pool B) — 19.00 PM: Match 10

Monday, 3 December 2018

Spain VS France (Pool A) — 17.00 PM: Match 11

New Zealand VS Argentina (Pool A) — 19.00 PM: Match 12

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

England VS Australia (Pool C) — 17.00 PM: Match 13

Ireland VS China (Pool C) — 19.00 PM: Match 14

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Germany VS Netherlands (Pool D) — 17.00 PM: Match 15

Malaysia VS Pakistan (Pool D) — 19.00 PM: Match 16

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Spain VS New Zealand (Pool A) — 17.00 PM: Match 17

Argentina VS France (Pool A) — 19.00 PM: Match 18

Friday, 7 December 2018

Australia VS China (Pool B) — 17.00 PM: Match 19

Ireland VS England (Pool B) — 19.00 PM: Match 20

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Belgium VS South Africa (Pool C) — 17.00 PM: Match 21

Canada VS India (Pool C) — 19.00 PM: Match 22


Sunday, 9 December 2018

Malaysia VS Germany (Pool D) — 17.00 PM: Match 23

Netherlands VS Pakistan (Pool D) — 19.00 PM: Match 24



Monday, 10 December 2018

2nd Pool A VS 3rd Pool B — 16.45 PM: Match 25

2nd Pool B VS 3rd Pool A — 19.00 PM: Match 26

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

2nd Pool C VS 3rd Pool B — 16.45 PM: Match 27

2nd Pool B VS 3rd Pool A — 19.00 PM: Match 28


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

1st Pool A VS Winner 26 (Match 29) — 16.45 (PM)

1st Pool B VS Winner 25 (Match 30) — 19.00 (PM)

Thursday, 13 December 2018

1st Pool C VS Winner 28 (Match 31) — 16.45 (PM)

1st Pool D VS Winner 27 (Match 32) — 19.00 (PM)


Saturday, 15 December 2018

Winner 29 VS Winner 32 (Match 33) — 16.30 (PM)

18:30 PM Winner 30 VS Winner 31 (Match 34) — 18.30 (PM)


Sunday, 16 December 2018

Bronze Medal match Loser 33 VS Loser 34 — 16.30 (PM)

Gold Medal Match Winner 33 VS Winner 34 — 19.00 (PM)

My Heart Beats for Hockey, with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik (

Shah Rukh Khan cheering the audience with his hockey bat (YouTube)

Salman Khan joins the Hockey Celebrations at Cuttack on 28th November

Superstar Salman Khan joins the Men’s Hockey World Cup celebrations at Barbati Stadium in Cuttack on Wednesday, 28th November. He tweeted, “Happy to join the Men’s Hockey World Cup celebrations in Cuttack on November 28. Come, let’s cheer for the world’s best and make it memorable.” He even posted a short 12-second video with the tweet. “I’m coming to Odisha to watch the Men’s Hockey World Cup. See you there at Barbati Stadium. Take care.”

Salman Khan at Barbati Stadium, Cuttack (English News – Dailyhunt)

Well, the 2018 Men’s World Cup Hockey tournament is telecast by Star Sports Network, along with Doordarshan. The live streaming of World Cup Hockey 2018 opening ceremony will be aired by the official Youtube channel of International Hockey Federation [FIH] and Hotstar.

Hence, don’t miss the opening ceremony from 18.00 to 20.30 pm and the matches of Men’s Hockey World Cup from 27th November to 16th December on Star Sports! Let your heart beat for Hockey! Hope India lifts the World Cup 2018 this time! Cheers! 🙂, pub-3862145386704795, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 InterServer Web Hosting and VPS

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