Germany - Deutscher Hockey-Bund
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HOCKEY IN GERMANY
Deutscher Hockey-Bund The DHB was founded officially in 1909 during an international Hockey week in Bonn.
From then on till 1914 there had been about 70 Hockey clubs all around Germany, but the further development was adjourned by the First World War. After the war till 1922 there had been a hockey boom with about 400 clubs all over Germany.
In 1928 the DHB became a member of the FIH and in the same year the men’s National team won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam.
Ten years later a new Sports Federation was founded in Germany so the work of the DHB became unnecessary and the annulment of the Federation was the consequence.
1936 the first national championships for men and afterwards till 1944 German war championships for women and men took place.
From 1944 till 1950 was along break caused by the world war. Nevertheless National Associations were refounded and in 1949 the DHB started-up. Since 1949/50 Germany has national field championships for women and men and since 1962 also national indoor championships. The first German field hockey champions were the men’s team from Uhlenhorst Mülheim and the women’s team from Havestehuder THC.
From 1951 the rules of the FIH became effective in Germany.
In 1969 the system of the Bundesliga started, which is the highest league in Germany. Therefore Germany was divided in two groups, north and south. Each pool had eight teams and every team had two games against each other. The first four in each pool played in the play offs.
At the Olympics in Munich in 1972 the German men’s national team won the gold medal, which was the first big triumph for the DHB since the beginnings.
Also the women’s national team was very successful. In Berlin 1976 they won the world cup for the first time and again in Buenes Aires in 1981. The success continued through the years. The men’s national team won the silver medal at the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984 and also in Seoul 1988. Four years later at the Olympics in Barcelona the men’s team won again the gold medal.
Not to forget the women’s national team. The ladies won the silver medal in Los Angeles and again in Barcelona. The next ten years was a break of success and medals for the DHB, until the men’s national team became world championship in Kuala Lumpur in 2002.
In Leipzig 2003 the first indoor world cup took place, both teams of Germany won the gold medal.
And then came the year of Athens. Surprisingly the women’s national team made it to the final against the Netherlands and won the gold medal for the first time in the history of the DHB. Also the men’s team was successful and ended third in the tournament. The success of the teams is caused by the Presidency from 2000 which started a new era for the DHB and its profitability.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 14:33