BegliumHockeyTeam
Photo Credits : FIH Media/Hockey Belgium

While the rise of Belgium’s Red Lions in recent years has been well documented, the team scaled new heights in 2016. A superb silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was hard earned and fully deserved, with the team producing some exceptional performances along the way.

Their individual stars were also recognized, with Rio captain John-John Dohmen – who recently returned to the international scene after a year-long break – and defensive star Arthur van Doren being named the respective FIH Player and Rising Star of the Year for 2016. Many of the stars of Rio remain part of the squad, including appearance double centurions Cedric Charlier, captain Thomas Briels, Simon Gougnard and striker Tom Boon.

The team coached by New Zealander Shane McLeod have been playing some magnificent hockey this year, with their superb first place finish at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg being followed up by winning silver at the Rabo EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam, where they were defeated 4-2 by the Netherlands – a team they had thrashed 5-0 in the pool phase of the competition – in the gold medal match. Belgium have proven time and time again that they are a match for anyone, and could challenge for top honours in Bhubaneswar.

Who to watch: Arthur van Doren. A defender with composure beyond his years, Van Doren was a central figure in the Red Lions team that won silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and was named FIH Rising Star of the Year for 2016.

  • GUCASSOFF Jeremy (GK)
  • Van DOREN Arthur
  • THIERY Dorian
  • DOHMEN John-John
  • van AUBEL Florent
  • DOCKIER Sébastien
  • CHARLIER Cédric
  • KEUSTERS Amaury
  • BOCCARD Gauthier
  • STOCKBROEKX Emmanuel
  • BRIELS Thomas (C)
  • VANASCH Vincent (GK)
  • GOUGNARD Simon
  • DE SLOOVER Arthur
  • KINA Antoine
  • LUYPAERT Loïck
  • WEGNEZ Victor
  • BOON Tom

Who to watch: Arthur van Doren. A defender with composure beyond his years, Van Doren was a central figure in the Red Lions team that won silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and was named FIH Rising Star of the Year for 2016.

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