MICHAEL NOBBS

  • Indian hockey ready to right its wrongs: Michael Nobbs November 10, 2014

    India hockey's sunny days extended from Incheon a month ago to Perth on Sunday with a series win over world champions Australia - something not many envisioned when the team left for the four-Test series. India rallied from losing the first game 0-4 to win the next three (2-1, 1-0 and...
  • Indian hockey must not get caught in the euphoria, there's work ahead October 4, 2014

    Now that the game has been won and the celebrations finished, what next? While winning gold at the Asian Games has brought India a ticket to the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, it's important to not think India is back and gold medals will adorn the mantle pieces and all...
  • Asiad gold, ticket to Olympics, win over Pakistan: Indian hockey is back and how! October 2, 2014

    Today is the defining moment in Indian hockey. Qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics, winning the Asian Games gold after 16 years and beating archrivals Pakistan in the final on a penalty shootout. It doesn't come any better than this. The young Indian team will remember this moment for the rest...
  • India vs Pakistan: Trial by fire in Asian Games hockey final October 2, 2014

    Tactics in India-Pakistan games always seem to fall apart as the emotions take hold and everyone reverts back to just run and gun. I feel it's not going to change on the big day today. This rivalry is something else. There is an old saying: 'the hottest fire makes the hardest...
  • India vs Pakistan: Much more than Asian Games hockey gold October 2, 2014

    I can't wait. I have had so many calls from hockey players around the world just wanting to see this game. Traditionally whenever we as players and coaches attended hockey tournaments, this was the game we all wanted to see. India vs Pakistan is the real magic of hockey. There...
  • Asian Games Hockey: History beckons India, but the job's not done yet September 30, 2014

    India certainly came out to play, finally. Sardar Singh looked like this was the game to return to play hockey for India, and he did. India are in the final of Asian Games 2014. It was a very hard-fought semifinal against hosts South Korea, with both sides realising that winning was...
  • Asian Games Hockey: Failure in semis not an option for India September 29, 2014

    The time for talk is over, India to meet South Korea in the first semi-final of Incheon Asian Games. This game and the subsequent grand final (if India go through) are two critical games for Indian hockey and coach Terry Walsh. Failure is not really an option. The Indian line-up has...
  • Asian Games Hockey: Semis booked, India need to step up their game September 27, 2014

    India only had to draw to advance to the semifinals but they had a comfortable 2-0 win against China to set up a semi-final against hosts South Korea. However, the Indians will have to tick a lot of boxes before they dream of Asian Games gold and an easy passage...
  • Asian Games Hockey: India need Pargat's ferocity and Dhanraj-like passion September 26, 2014

    Well, the days of reckoning are nearly here. India need to win the last three matches at Asian Games 2014 to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016. They have the potential to win all three, but if I may quote Albert Einstein: "Insanity is doing the same thing over...
  • Asian Games Hockey: What's wrong, India! September 25, 2014

    As predicted, a very close game with just one goal in it. India has had the benefit of a full preparation, money spent on the best of everything but still lost (1-2) to a Pakistan team that hasn't played at the international level for 18 months and has had training...
  • India vs Pakistan: traditional, attacking hockey battle in the offing September 24, 2014

    This is it! The game hockey lovers around the world can't wait to see is upon us. The clash between the two great hockey nations - India vs Pakistan. It's going to be a thriller, with both the teams not only playing for a win, which will determine the placings...
  • 7-0 vs Oman but another game of wasted chances by India: Michael Nobbs September 23, 2014

    India had a very lacklustre game against Oman. A win was never in doubt against the 22nd ranked team in the world. But for India, it looked to be another game of wasted chances with the same mistakes and problems repeated in this game. India's much-vaunted penalty corners were on target...
  • Asian Games Hockey: Oman India's last chance to improve goaldifference September 22, 2014

    India have had a good record previously against Oman and I think they will do so again in their second consecutive meeting against the world hockey minnows after a notsoimpressive win against Sri Lanka in the campaign opener. After Sunday's game against Sri Lanka, India need to do some hard thinking...
  • When will Indian hockey learn to be ruthless? asks Michael Nobbs September 21, 2014

    I must admit I had such high hopes for a really good start to the tournament and a good solid win for India against Sri Lanka. That was not to be. Sri Lanka have just played their second match in two days and had been thoroughly beaten by Pakistan 140....
  • Asian Games hockey: India in for some shooting practice against Sri Lanka September 20, 2014

    The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad, will host India's first game in the men's hockey competition on Sunday, and against minnows Sri Lanka, India should be in for some shooting practice 1:30 pm IST onwards. Sri Lanka, ranked 40th in the World against India's 9th, will...
  • This time Indian hockey ready for Asian Games glory: Michael Nobbs September 19, 2014

    The Incheon Asian Games signifies a very important step in Indian hockey's revival, especially since it offers a chance for direct qualification to the next Olympic Games in Rio. To qualify seems a simple process: just win the Asian Games gold. And though India's track record here is rather poor,...
  • Asian Games hockey: Nothing less than gold should be acceptable to India September 17, 2014

    An Asian Games gold in hockey is worth its weight because with it comes an automatic qualification for the Olympics, and that's a burden India will want off its shoulder at Incheon before shifting focus to Rio 2016. The days of India's dominance in world hockey have long been over, and...
  • India hope to beat the rhetoric at hockey World Cup May 30, 2014

    Never lose courage, it can do wonders. These are the words that all who represent their country carry with them, and the Indian men's hockey team won't be any different when they try to beat the world's best and break free from living in the past. More than 39 years ago,...
  • There will be no World Cup miracle for Indian hockey: Michael Nobbs May 29, 2014

    In a hardhitting interview with IBNLive, Indian men's hockey team's former chief coach Michael Nobbs has said that India needs to come out its "liveinthepast" attitude and start development programmes if they want to match the top teams in the world. India, led by Sardar Singh, has already touched base...
  • Hockey India answerable for Oltmans and Walsh's conflict of interest January 27, 2014

    Hockey India's (HI) High Performance Director and men's team chief coach are enjoying a paid holiday from their job with Sports Authority India (SAI), and the employers have happily signed on the leave application, fully aware that it comes at the cost of compromising the best interest of Indian hockey....
  • Terry Walsh wants the best out of his players in HWL Final January 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The Hero Hockey World League Final is Terry Walsh's first assignment with India, but the newlyappointed chief coach of the senior men's team has reposed faith in his wards to put up a good show in the elite eightnation event to be held here from January 1018. Walsh, who...
  • Who is India's new hockey coach, Terry Walsh? October 16, 2013

    After much deliberation, ranging from shortlisting applicants to acrossthetable salary negotiations, Terrence Walsh popularly known as Terry Walsh has replaced fellow Australian Michael Nobbs as the new coach of Indian men's hockey team. Salary was the only hindrance in the appointment of Walsh, who was Hockey India's (HI) unanimous...
  • Indian junior women hockey players are anaemic: Nobbs August 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Even as the euphoria over Indian junior women hockey team's historic bronze in the World Cup is yet to die down, former senior men's side chief coach Michael Nobbs has claimed that seven of the players were suffering from anaemia, an iron deficiency disorder. Nobbs said that the achievement...
  • Michael Nobbs to train coaches at NIS during notice period July 19, 2013

    New Delhi: India's outgoing hockey coach Michael Nobbs has been asked to join National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala to train coaches during the onemonth notice period he is serving before returning to Australia. Nobbs, who has been sacked by Sports Authority of India (SAI) as Indian men's hockey team's...
  • Michael Nobbs reflects on reign as India hockey coach July 18, 2013

    A nostalgic Nobbs reflects on his stint with the Indian hockey squad after he was reportedly sacked by Hockey India for the team's dismal performances. ...
  • Sacked Michael Nobbs to conduct coaching clinic in Patiala July 18, 2013

    New Delhi: India's sacked hockey coach Michael Nobbs will be conducting a coaching clinic for diploma students at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala while serving his notice period till August 7. Sports Authority of India (SAI) director general Jiji Thomson told IANS on Thursday that the Australian has...
  • Is lack of success only coach's fault, asks Michael Nobbs July 16, 2013

    New Delhi: A week after being sacked, Indian men's hockey team's chief coach Michael Nobbs landed in India on Monday morning to settle dues with his employer Sports of Authority of India (SAI). SAI, in consultation with Hockey India (HI), cited nonperformance as the reason to remove Nobbs, who is the...
  • Will be assisting Roelant Oltmans: MK Kaushik July 10, 2013

    Kaushik was on Wednesday appointed as assistant coach of the senior men's hockey team, just two days after chief coach Michael Nobbs was shown the door. ...
  • Indian coaches are not good enough for modern hockey: Charlesworth July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Australian hockey legend Ric Charlesworth is in favour of a foreign coach for India as he feels Indian coaches "are not good enough to fulfil the requirements" of the modernday game. "I think India needs a foreign expert. I can say it from my experience that Indian coaches are...
  • HI ropes in MK Kaushik as coach, will assist Roelant Oltmans July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Olympian Maharaj Krishan Kaushik was on Wednesday appointed as a coach of the senior men's hockey team, just two days after chief coach Michael Nobbs was shown the door because of nonperformance. Kaushik, a member of India's last Olympic gold medal winning side in the 1980 Moscow Games, will...