Allegre brothers among Spanish stars for Hockey India league
New Delhi - The vastly experienced Alegre brothers, Ramon and David, are among the leading Spanish hockey players who have signed up for the Hockey India League players’ auction to be held next month in the run-up to the six-team league that will be held from Jan 5.
The 31-year-old Ramon, who led Spain in the London Olympic Games and has 237 caps, has represented his country in three Olympic Games – fourth finish in 2004, silver in 2008 and sixth this year. He also captained the team in two World Cups (2006, 2010) and in seven Champions Trophy tournaments since 2004 when the team won gold.
The star defender was nominated a member of the FIH All Star Team in 2011 and is among five players from his country with the experience of 150 or more international matches, who have signed up for Hockey India League.
David, four years his junior, has scored 55 goals in 201 matches for his country. Like his elder brother, he has represented Spain in three Olympic Games, two World Cups and seven Champions Trophy events since 2004. Having earned a nomination as FIH Young Player of the Year in 2006, he was also chosen in the FIH All Star Team in 2010 and 2011.
With 150 goals in 304 matches, the 34-year-old forward, Pol Amat comes with the experiences of playing five Olympic Games since 1996 when the Spaniard won silver medal.
A former captain, he has also played in four World Cups, winning silver in Utrecht in 2002, and nine Champions Trophy events since 1996.
Midfielder Alex Fabregas, 31, has as many as 226 caps including in three Olympic Games, two World Cups and eight Champions Trophies while defender Sergi Enrique, 25, has played in 151 matches including in the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing, where the team won silver and 2012 and two FIH Champions Trophy events.
The 25-year-old striker Roger Borrell (12 goals in 22 matches), 31-year-old goalkeeper Xavier Trench (20 caps) and 28-year-old goalkeeper Oriol Fabregas (eight caps) are among the Spaniards who will feature among the galaxy of players from India, Pakistan, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other nations in the HIL Players’ Auction to be held next month.