New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) Hosts India will face current world champions Australia in their campaign opener of the FIH men’s Hockey World League (HWL) Final to be held in Bhubaneswars Kalinga Stadium from December 1 to 10. Also Read - Lalu Yadav Under Observation At AIIMS, Nitish Kumar Wishes Him Speedy Recovery

According to the schedule announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Thursday, India are placed in a tough Pool B along side Australia, England and reigning Olympic bronze medallist Germany. Also Read - Nirmala Sitharaman Hosts Halwa Ceremony Ahead of Budget 2021 | Here's All You Need to Know

After taking on the Kookaburras on December 1, India will face England on December 2 and Germany on December 4. Also Read - AAP MLA Somnath Bharti Sentenced to Two Years in Jail For Assaulting Security Staff at AIIMS

European rivals Germany and England will get the event off to a flier before the India-Australia duel.

Pool A, meanwhile, consists of Olympic champions Argentina, European champions Netherlands and Olympic silver medallists Belgium and Spain.

In what is being billed as ‘Super Saturday’, December 2 is set to be a thriller with some eagerly anticipated matches scheduled.

A rerun of the 2016 Olympic gold medal match between Argentina and Belgium will get the day underway in a match that is bound to rekindle some fond memories from that special night in Rio just over a year ago.

The Pool stages will run from December 1-5 and will be followed by the quarter-finals on December 6-7.

Following the classification matches, the semi-finals will take place over the next two days before the bronze medal match and the Final on December 10.

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