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Outfield players with an eye for goal are the scourge of goalies!

And these two hockey hot-shots are the ones I fear coming up against most of all.


Teun de Nooijer - Holland

Holland's Teun de Nooijer

The flying Dutchman is probably the best player in the world at the moment.

A double gold medal winner already, he'll be hoping to lead Holland to their third successive Olympic title in Athens.

As a midfield striker, the skills and creativity he has are absolutely outstanding. His brilliant dribbling skills and quick change of direction are his trademark.

Averaging one goal for every two matches he plays, he clinched four goals during his team's gold-medal winning campaign in Sydney four years ago.

No doubt he'll be on fire this time round too.

Shortlisted for the World Player of the Year Award five times running, he finally clinched hockey's most prestigious award in 2003.

Sohail Abbas - Pakistan

Pakistan's Sohail Abbas

He's not the best player in the world but he's definitely the best penalty corner taker.

At the 2000 Olympics he racked up eight goals - seven of them from penalty corners.

When it comes to the drag flick this guy is red-hot.

As Pakistan's all-time top scorer he has a phenomenal strike rate - something like 250 goals in 200 matches.

He also holds the record for the quickest century and double century in international hockey history.

That's a pretty impressive haul for anyone. And even more so when you consider he's a defender!


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Teun's stats
Name: Teun de Nooijer
Country: Holland
Date of Birth: 22 March 1976
Height: 6'
Weight: 167lbs

Sohail's stats
Name: Sohail Abbas
Country: Pakistan
Date of Birth: 9 June 1977
Height: 6'
Weight: 183lbs


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