The FIH Pro League 2022 stops in Berlin The FIH Pro League, a Champions League of the best nine women and men national teams that has been held worldwide for two seasons, is coming to Berlin in its third season!
This was announced by Berlin’s State Secretary for Sports, Aleksander Dzembritzki, and DHB Sports Director, Dr. Christoph Menke-Salz on Tuesday at a press conference in the Bärensaal in the old town hall.
The opponent of the two German national teams at this Pro League premiere in the capital is none other than Argentina. The “Los Leones”, as the men’s team is called, were Olympic champions in Rio in 2016 and failed in the quarter-finals in 2021 against the German men’s team, which ended up fourth. The “Las Leonas”, however, were able to defeat the German women’s team in the quarter-finals in Tokyo and ultimately fought their way through to the Olympic final, where they were defeated by the top favorites, the Netherlands.
As usual in the Pro League, the women’s and men’s teams will play on the 21./22. May each on Saturday and Sunday against each other. The hockey stadium for these world-class games will be built on the Ernst Reuter sports field in Zehlendorf. Advance ticket sales start on November 20th.
Berlin’s State Secretary for Sports, Aleksander Dzembritzki : “In 2022, the sports metropolis of Berlin will be the venue for the exciting games of the FIH Pro-League. After the corona-related failures in the past two years, I am optimistic that the four planned encounters can be played in front of an audience in the coming spring. The enthusiasm for hockey is traditionally very high in Berlin and the need to experience sports events together again has increased even further. The Berlin hockey fans will not miss the chance to experience and celebrate the German hockey teams in play with other top international teams. ”
DHB sports director Dr. Christoph Menke-Salz : “We at DHB are very happy that we can finally present our national teams in the capital again with these Pro League games. We know about the enthusiasm for hockey in Berlin – which was impressively demonstrated at the 2018 Indoor World Championships and 2020 Indoor Championships in front of sold out halls – and are therefore very happy that the Pro League schedule allowed us to can play these four highlight matches against Argentina here with the generous support of the city of Berlin. ”
National player Charlotte Stapenhorst : “For me it is something very special to be able to play against Argentina at such a world-class level in my hometown. Returning to Berlin was an affair of the heart for me. Now family and friends can be there on site. Berlin is a very special stage for hockey that I’m looking forward to! ”
National player Martin Zwicker: “These will be absolutely top games! Argentina demands everything from us every time. We won the last three games, but lost every match a few years before that. It was no coincidence that the Argentines were Olympic champions in 2016. With their very physical way of playing, they are always a very difficult task. I can very well imagine that this Pro League weekend is super attractive for members of all Berlin clubs. ”
Christian Popitz, Managing Director of Zehlendorf 88 and Vice President of the Berlin Hockey Association : “It’s great for us to be able to present top international sport in Zehlendorf. This is an absolute highlight for the entire Berlin hockey family. And since we are hosting Germany’s largest youth tournament with 60 teams on the same facility just one week later, the link between youth work in popular sport and the national teams is built – which is absolutely mutually dependent. ”
The game dates in Berlin at a glance:
ERNST REUTER SPORT FIELD
- Saturday, May 21, 1.30 p.m., women: GER – ARG
4.30 p.m., men: GER – ARG
- Sunday, May 22nd, 11.30 a.m., women: GER – ARG
2.30 p.m., men: GER – ARG
The first home games of the year in March and at the end of April take place in Düsseldorf and Mönchengladbach. The last home venue for the FIH Pro League 2022 will be presented shortly.