The 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012 will finally kick-off today, after some uncertainties at the beginning of the year. This “annual” men’s international hockey tournament is a seven-nation invitational tourney played at Ipoh’s Azlan Shah Stadium, which this year serves as a run-up to the upcoming Olympic Games in London, beginning 27th July.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012

For the first time, the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup would be played on the blue turf, which is similar to those used at Olympics, though there were hockey tournaments held prior to this championships, namely the 2012 Malaysia Junior Hockey League Finals in early March and 2012 Ipoh League Hockey Tournament Finals in late April.

Anyway, the teams that would be playing this year are: Britain (World No. 4), South Korea (6th), New Zealand (7th), Pakistan (8th), Argentina (9th), India (10th) and host, Malaysia (13th) – the only team that failed to qualify for this year’s Olympics.

Results are added soon after the games are played.

24th May 2012 (Thursday)
Match 1: 4.05pm – Pakistan 4 – Argentina 2
Match 2: 6.05pm – New Zealand 5 – India 1
Match 3: 8.05pm – South Korea 1 – Malaysia 1

25th May 2012 (Friday)
Match 4: 4.05pm – New Zealand 5 – Argentina 2
Match 5: 6.05pm – Great Britain 3 – Malaysia 3
Match 6: 8.05pm – South Korea 1 – India 2

26th May 2012 (Saturday) Rest Day

27th May 2012 (Sunday)
Match 7: 4.05pm – New Zealand 3 – Pakistan 1
Match 8: 6.05pm – South Korea 3 – Argentina 4
Match 9: 8.05pm – Great Britain 3 – India 2

28th May 2012 (Monday)
Match 10: 4.05pm – South Korea 4 – Pakistan 0
Match 11: 6.05pm – Great Britain 2 – Argentina 3
Match 12: 8.05pm – India 3 – Malaysia 2

29th May 2012 (Tuesday) Rest Day

30th May 2012 (Wednesday)
Match 13: 4.05pm – Argentina 3 – India 2
Match 14: 6.05pm – Great Britain 2 – New Zealand 1
Match 15: 8.05pm – Pakistan 2 – Malaysia 3

31st May 2012 (Thursday)
Match 16: 4.05pm – Great Britain 1 – South Korea 1
Match 17: 6.05pm – Pakistan 1 – India 2
Match 18: 8.05pm – New Zealand 4 – Malaysia 1

1st June 2012 (Friday) Rest Day

2nd June 2012 (Saturday)
Match 19: 4.05pm – South Korea 1 – New Zealand 0
Match 20: 6.05pm – Great Britain 2 – Pakistan 1
Match 21: 8.05pm – Argentina 1 – Malaysia 0

3rd June 2012 (Sunday) – Classification Matches
Match 22: 3.35pm – 5th & 6th Place Playoff – Malaysia 2 – South Korea 3
Match 23: 6.05pm – 3rd & 4th Place Playoff – Great Britain 1 – India 3
Match 24: 8.35pm – Finals – New Zealand 1 – Argentina 0

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