For the first time in its history Belgium celebrates becoming the World Champion in field hockey

The 2018 World Cup of field hockey closed on a magnificent note for Belgium. The Red Lions took the Netherlands to shoot-outs and clinched their first world cup.

After a tight match, which ended tied 0-0, the two teams had to go to shoot-outs. In the end, Belgium managed to win 3-2 thanks to Vincent Vanasch and a Florent van Aubel, who converted both attempts.

Belgium became world hockey champion for the first time in history on Sunday in Bhubaneswar, India.



The Red Lions had the fourth final in their history after those of the Olympic Games 2016 and, the Euro in 2013 and 2017. Each time, the Belgians lost.

Just after this match, Belgian defender Arthur Van Doren received an award and was voted the best player in the competition in India.

His teammate Alexander Hendrickx also received an award as the midfielder finished top scorer in the competition (7 goals), tied with Australian Blake Govers.