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Pol Amat

BornJune 18, 1978

Pol Amat Escudé is a field hockey player from Spain who won the silver medal in his debut game in the Men's National Team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. After competing for Spain in both the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympics, he won another siver medal in Beijing 2008. The striker won his first major title at the 2004 Champions Trophy in Lahore. The final of the 2005 European Nations Cup was the highlight of Amat's career with his scoring two crucial goals that led Spain to victory, crowning them with a title that had eluded them for 31 years. Amat also scored a memorable golden goal at the 2006 World Cup when he brilliantly flicked the ball over the South Korean goalkeeper to claim the bronze medal for Spain. Inspirational and spontaneous, he has been described as "the Ronaldinho of hockey". In 2008 he was awarded World Hockey Player of the Year. He was part of the team that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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