|Champions Trophy Report|
The Dutch began the year by winning the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, made their dreams come true with an Olympic Gold in Atlanta, and capped a truly memorable 1996 by winning the most prestigious annual men's event on the FIH calendar, the 18th Men's Champions Trophy held in December in Madras (Chennai), India.
After going through the one-pool competition without suffering a loss, the Netherlands defeated Pakistan, 3-2, in the final to claim the cherished silver trophy. Germany dominated India in the playoff for third and fourth places, serving the hosts a deflating 5-0 defeat. The fifth-sixth playoff saw the Olympic Silver and Bronze winning countries facing each other, although with many young players being tested at the tournament, they were clearly not the same teams. Spain secured fifth place with a 5-2 win over Australia, hosts of the next Champions Trophy. Christopher Bechmann of Germany was the tournament's leading scorer with five goals.
FIH President Juan Angel Calzado presented the cup to Stefan Veen, Captain of the Netherlands, as the winners of the Champions Trophy.
The field is now set for the 1997 version, the 19th Men's Champions Trophy scheduled for 9-19 October in Adelaide, Australia. Joining the hosts will be the Champions Trophy holders and Olympic Gold medallists, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Germany, Spain and Korea.
Final finishing order of the 18th Men's Champions Trophy played 7-15 December 1996 in Madras (Chennai), India.
1. Netherlands, 2. Pakistan, 3. Germany, 4. India, 5. Spain, 6. Australia