Back in time: Germany’s treble
Germany broke Dutch hearts in 1999 for the third time in succession thanks to an 8-7 win on penalty stokes in Padua, Italy. Four years previously, the Germans had also won on strokes. The Spanish fared little better in 2003 as, for the third time, the stout Germans also lifted the trophy on penalty strokes.
Holland women’s 2021 title was their 11th EuroHockey success from 15 previous editions. They’ve only twice failed to reach the finals, in 1991 and 2013. That’s when England won the title and finished runners-up respectively. .
Feast of goals
The biggest win in the men’s Championship is still the 13-0 drubbing Spain handed out to Malta in 1970, while the most goals came during Belgium’s 11-4 success over Russia at EuroHockey 2015.
The Dutch women lead the all-time table of European champions, with 11 titles. Germany is the record European champions for men. Overall, the national team has won the European title eight times.
England aim to atone
In failing to reachthe semi-finals two years ago and fourth in 2019, England women failed to win a medal for the first time in 16 years after a shoot-out defeat to Spain four years ago, following a record 8-0 defeat to Holland. Further, with the men’s fifth-place finish in 2019, England recorded their worst showing in 35 years at a combined Championships. They ended up in fourth place in 2021 and the signs are they can considerably better in 2023.