Photo Credits : FIH Media/Red Sticks

A fifth place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games provided evidence that the Red Sticks are once again a team to be feared, a point re-emphasised by their excellent fourth place finish at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg earlier this year. Spain recorded wins against Japan, France, New Zealand and Ireland at the event in South Africa before suffering an agonising shoot-out defeat at the hands of Germany in the competition semi-finals.

Despite an 8-1 loss against Australia in the 3-4 classification match, Spain returned to Europe with their heads held high having achieved their two main targets: World Cup and Hockey World League Final qualification. Head Coach and former France international Frederic Soyez has named numerous long-serving players for the competition in Bhubaneswar including team captain Miguel Delas, Sergi Enrique, world class goalkeeper Quico Cortes and lively forward Pau Quemada.

Those four players have a combined total of over 900 international appearances, with Marc Salles and Vincent Ruiz also members of the 100 caps club. The experienced players are complemented by some exciting stars of the future, the brightest of those being forward Enrique Gonzalez, who was named best player at last year’s Junior World Cup. Already a central figure in the current Spanish set-up at the age of 21, Gonzalez is a rare talent whose best years are very much ahead of him

Complete Squad for the Tournament

  • CORTES Quico (GK)
  • ENRIQUE Sergi (C)
  • SANCHEZ Ricardo
  • DELAS Miguel (C)
  • IGLESIAS Alvaro
  • GARCIA Marc
  • MIR Andres
  • SANTANA Ricardo
  • ARANA Diego
  • de FRUTOS Alejandro
  • SALLES Marc
  • BELTRAN Albert
  • ROMEU Josep
  • FLORANES Alvaro (GK)
  • GONZALEZ Enrique
  • BOLTO Marc
  • CABOT Javier

Who to watch: Sergi Enrique. The most capped player within the current Red Sticks squad, Enrique is a classy defender who also steps into midfield when required. An Olympic silver medal winner from the Beijing 2008 Games, having also been part of the Spain squads that finished sixth at London 2012 and fifth at Rio 2016

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