Wagener Stadium is gearing up for a new milestone in its rich hockey history. The crossover match between Belgium and Chile on Saturday evening (7:30pm) will be the 500th international match at the famous venue in Neuve Kalfjesslan in Amstelveen.
In 1973, Wagoner Stadium was the first officially recognized venue for the International Championship. During the second World Cup in history after the tournament in Barcelona two years ago, 12 countries competed for the men’s world title. The World Cup falls prey to the Orange Men who won the final after a penalty shoot-out against India.
The first two official World Cup matches were Germany v New Zealand and England v Belgium on 24 August 1973 at the Amstelveen Complex. However, those matches – which started simultaneously at 11.15am – were played on grounds 3 and 4.
A first for Dice Cruise
On that day, the Pakistan and Malaysia teams played for the first time on the main stadium as we know it today. Pakistan won 4-2 and left midfielder Laiq Ahmed entered the books as the first goalscorer in the international tournament in Amstelveen. Orange’s first battleground of the tournament was Wagoner on August 25: The Dutch men faced Pakistan and won 1-2. Dice scored the first Dutch competitive goal on the grass of Kroos Wagoner.
498 matches, 2,046 goals
Since the 1973 World Cup, Wagener Stadium has hosted eight European Championships, ten Champions Trophies, a Grand Final in the first season of the FIH Pro League (2019) and two Women’s World Cups, including the current World Cup. A partial Spanish terraza is played.
So far there have been ten matches in men’s hockey and thirteen matches in women’s. In 498 games in all those championships, a total of 2,046 goals were scored.
Previous matches are not recognized
Wagoner Stadium opened in 1938 and was the scene of unofficial folk matches a few times in the early years. For example, the opening of the stadium and the fortieth anniversary of the KNHB were celebrated in mid-October 1938 with a four-nation tournament featuring the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France.
In April and May 1948, the stadium hosted the Women’s World Cup, which England won. However, sports historian Jurid van de Vuuren once pointed out that all England Women’s Hockey Association board members refused to officially recognize the match, so it fell into oblivion and was never included in official hockey statistics. described†
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