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FIH Pro League 2020: Victory over world No 1 Belgium could prove 'liberation point' for India but they need to push the limits
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FIH Pro League 2020: Victory over world No 1 Belgium could prove 'liberation point' for India but they need to push the limits

A win against Belgium in both matches will liberate India to perform at a level that just could be the beginning of the pinnacle they want to achieve.

FIH Pro League 2020: Belgium not taking hosts India lightly despite beating Australia, New Zealand, says captain Thomas Briels
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FIH Pro League 2020: Belgium not taking hosts India lightly despite beating Australia, New Zealand, says captain Thomas Briels

World champions Belgium are brimming with confidence after wins over Australia and New Zealand but captain Thomas Briels is expecting a tough fight from India in the upcoming round of FIH Hockey Pro League in Bhubaneswar this weekend.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: In quest to regain lost glory, Indian hockey can take lessons from Belgium's rise
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: In quest to regain lost glory, Indian hockey can take lessons from Belgium's rise

Can India draw insights or utilise the same blueprint from Belgium's extraordinary run to become World Champions, Olympic silver medallists and European Champions?

Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium's decade of dreams and sweat translates to golden glory in Bhubaneswar
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium's decade of dreams and sweat translates to golden glory in Bhubaneswar

More than individual brilliance, Belgium's maiden World Cup is the culmination of a decade of structural efforts that have gone into building this all-conquering team.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium thrash hapless Pakistan to set up quarter-final clash against Germany
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium thrash hapless Pakistan to set up quarter-final clash against Germany

While Pakistan will pack their bags and return home after their heavy defeat at the hands of the Belgians, Belgium will take Germany in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium begin campaign with gritty, hard-fought victory over minnows Canada
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium begin campaign with gritty, hard-fought victory over minnows Canada

In the 12th minute, captain Thomas Briels found the back of the net again for Belgium but the goal was disallowed after Canada went for the referral, claiming the ball hit his hand before rolling on to the goal.

Hockey World League Final: Superstitious Belgium players try sneaking into Kalinga Stadium at midnight
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Hockey World League Final: Superstitious Belgium players try sneaking into Kalinga Stadium at midnight

There was a security scare at the ongoing Hockey World League (HWL) Final when some players of the Belgium team, their faces splashed with black war-paint, tried to sneak into the Kalinga Stadium at the dead of night and have a look at the two goalposts.

Hockey World League Final 2017: India edge past Belgium in tense penalty shootout to qualify for semi-final
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Hockey World League Final 2017: India edge past Belgium in tense penalty shootout to qualify for semi-final

It was a great exhibition of attacking hockey from both India and Belgium as the regulation time yielded as many as six goals, three each from either side.