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“When Belgium, the world CHAMPIONSHIPS don’t win now, and win the never’

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From good to gold. That is the step that the Red Lions at the world cup in India, finds ex-coach Marc Lammers. But then the Belgian hockeyploeg her ambitions, however, pronounce.

“When Belgium, the world CHAMPIONSHIPS don’t win now, and win the never’

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The Red Lions held Monday a successful dress rehearsal by England with a 4-0 defeat. Daniel Techy/belga

From good to gold. That is the step that the Red Lions at the world cup in India, finds ex-coach Marc Lammers. But then the Belgian hockeyploeg her ambitions, however, pronounce.

“When Belgium, the world CHAMPIONSHIPS don’t win now, and win the never’

Today against Canada

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Nico Tanghe

BrusselBelgië, the Netherlands, and Australia. That according to ex-coach Marc Lammers, the three big favourites on the title at the world Service in the Indian Bhubaneswar, where the Red Lions on Wednesday in the opening match to play against Canada. With possible outsiders Argentina – always a dangerous counterploeg’ and Germany – ‘a young team, but always with an excellent tornooimentaliteit’.

Lammers, a Dutchman with a list of achievements for you to say, sprinkles with praise when we contact him with the question of how high he is, the chances of the Red Lions estimate on title. In terms of individual talent to the Red Lions, according to Lammers after all, no one envied. ‘Individually have the Red Lions just the strongest selection in India’, cross the Dutchman’s shore.

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Then he refers to midfielder John-John Doomen and defender Athur van Dooren , which, in recent years, both were awarded to wereldhockeyer of the year. Like in football, first Eden Hazard and then Kevin De Bruyne the golden ball would win.

‘Individually is Belgium the most powerful country. But for gold to pick up, they also need the strongest team’

Marc Lammers

Dutchman and ex-coach of the Red Lions

“But for gold to pick up, they also need the strongest team”, adds Lammers doesn’t. That was missing used to be there once more. “When I coach was (from 2012 to 2014, red.) was there at one table to speak French, and on the other table the Dutch. To one team, we have than but English as the language of instruction imported.”

At that time, the Red Lions are still too young to harvest, Lammers. “I had a lot of new players to fit in and work on their mentality and their lifestyle. Van Dooren, who, I guess he was just 17 to 18 years. One of our goals was to 365 days of elite athlete.” A learning process that most Red Lions are already long behind the back. ‘Most of the Belgian hockey players now have more experience, they play in better teams and more abroad, winning individual awards and have the ideal age to harvest.”

That the preparation for the world CHAMPIONSHIPS, with only a fifth place at the Champions Trophy in Breda, not always smoothly ran, he finds no problem. “When were some key players still injured. That is not the case now. Everyone is fit and ready to perform.’

And also in the current national coach, New Zealander Shane Mcleod, Lammers a lot of confidence. ‘In fact, since my time has changed little. Tactical play, the Red Lions have always taken care of and quickly and put the team’s high press – in technical jargon, this is called high pressing play. Or Mcleod then nothing has changed? Yes, I do. He gives the players themselves more responsibility, involving them personally in the tactics and the gaming system. And I think that’s great.’

Watch out for diseases

The only pitfall in India, are, according to Lammers, the climate and the weather conditions. ‘Let’s hope that nobody gets sick. Pay attention to hygiene and nutrition is very important. Whatever you do, your body needs a period of adjustment is needed, I noticed every time I am in India went to play. Therefore I went always well in advance, so that players who still were getting sick had time to recover and get fit again.”

But a real excuse, that, according to Lammers are not. “The climate is the same for everyone, except for home team India maybe.’ And so let the Dutchman not to raise the bar for the Belgian team aware very high. “When Belgium, the world CHAMPIONSHIPS don’t win now, and win never. This is the moment for this Belgian team to finally get a large price to deal with. Either now on the world cup in India, either on the Oympische Games of 2020 in Tokyo

The final step – the Red Lions are vice-Olympic champion and came second at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS – should the Red Lions, according to Lammers, or even something more confident. “Belgian hockey players are still too modest. I hear too many players say that they the final. That is not good.’, warns the former head coach.’ It is only when you out loud say that you make it to the final, also wants to win, do that.’

Today against Canada

● Program group stage
Today, 12.30 pm: Belgium–Canada
Sunday, december 2 14.30: India–Belgium
Saturday 8 december 12.30 pm: Belgium–South Africa

Following rounds: The group champion punch directly through to the quarter finals. The numbers two and three of the pool games a barragewedstrijd to place itself in the last eight. The rest of the tournament is through direct elimination.

Tv: Play Sports broadcasts the matches of the Belgians live. Sporza gives the evening a summary.

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