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The Champions Trophy is the International Hockey Federation's most prestigious annual event. It features the world's top-ranked teams competing in a round-robin format.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation started the competition as a men's tournament in 1978 and it was only as late as 1987 that the first women's tournament took place.

Pakistan have won the trophy thrice -- twice when they hosted the tournament in Lahore, in the inaugural years in 1978 and '80. After 1980, the tournament became an anual affair. In fact, they are the only Asian nation to win the tournament.

Six teams qualify for the championship, which is now held annually, though the first edition in Lahore had five teams and the second, also at Lahore, had seven. In the year following the Olympics or a World Cup, the six teams include the host, the defending champion, the world champion and the next highest ranked teams from either the most recent World Cup or Olympic Games.

The last placed team in the tournament is dropped and replaced by the winner of the recently-introduced Champions Challenge through which India qualified for the current edition after emerging triumphant.

Only four nations have able to win the trophy in the past 23 years: Pakistan (three times), The Netherlands (5), Australia (7) and Germany (8).

India's best showing is a third place in the fourth edition at Amstelveen, the Netherlands.

The 18th edition, in Madras, in 1996, was the last time India, as hosts, figured in the tournament. The team finished fourth.

Roll of Honour

 1st Men's Champions Trophy, 17th - 24th November, 1978
 Lahore, Pakistan
1 Pakistan
2 Australia
3 Great Britain
4 New Zealand
5 Spain
 2nd Men's Champions Trophy, 3rd - 11th January, 1980
 Lahore, Pakistan
1 Pakistan
2 Germany
3 Australia
4 The Netherlands
5 India
6 Spain
7 Great Britain
 3rd Men's Champions Trophy, 9th - 16th January, 1981
 Karachi, Pakistan
1 The Netherlands
2 Australia
3 Germany
4 Pakistan
5 Spain
6 England
 4th Men's Champions Trophy, 6th - 13th June, 1982
 Amstelveen, The Netherlands
1 The Netherlands
2 Australia
3 India
4 Pakistan
5 Germany
6 USSR
 5th Men's Champions Trophy, 28th October - 4th November, 1983
 Karachi, Pakistan
1 Australia
2 Pakistan
3 Germany
4 India
5 The Netherlands
6 New Zealand
 6th Men's Champions Trophy, 1st - 8th December, 1984
 Karachi, Pakistan
1 Australia
2 Pakistan
3 Great Britain
4 The Netherlands
5 New Zealand
6 Spain
 7th Men's Champions Trophy, 16th - 24th November, 1985
 Perth, Australia
1 Australia
2 Great Britain
3 Germany
4 Pakistan
5 The Netherlands
6 India
 8th Men's Champions Trophy, 4th - 11th April, 1986
 Karachi, Pakistan
1 Germany
2 Australia
3 Pakistan
4 Great Britain
5 India
6 The Netherlands
 9th Men's Champions Trophy, 19th - 26th June, 1987
 Amstelveen, The Netherlands
1 Germany
2 The Netherlands
3 Australia
4 Great Britain
5 Argentina
6 Spain
7 Pakistan
8 USSR
 10th Men's Champions Trophy, 25th March - 1st April, 1988
 Lahore, Pakistan
1 Germany
2 Pakistan
3 Australia
4 USSR
5 Spain
6 Great Britain
 11th Men's Champions Trophy, 16th - 24th November, 1989
 Berlin, Germany
1 Australia
2 The Netherlands
3 Germany
4 Pakistan
5 Great Britain
6 India
 12th Men's Champions Trophy, 17th - 25th November, 1990
 Melbourne, Australia
1 Australia
2 The Netherlands
3 Germany
4 Pakistan
5 USSR
6 Great Britain
 13th Men's Champions Trophy, 13th - 22th September, 1991
 Berlin, Germany
1 Germany
2 Pakistan
3 The Netherlands
4 Australia
5 Great Britain
6 USSR
 14th Men's Champions Trophy, 20th - 28th February, 1992
 Karachi, Pakistan
1 Germany
2 Australia
3 Pakistan
4 The Netherlands
5 Great Britain
6 France
 15th Men's Champions Trophy, 3rd - 11th July, 1993
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 Australia
2 Germany
3 The Netherlands
4 Pakistan
5 Spain
6 Malaysia
 16th Men's Champions Trophy, 17th - 25th March, 1994
 Lahore, Pakistan
1 Pakistan
2 Germany
3 The Netherlands
4 Australia
5 Spain
6 Great Britain
 17th Men's Champions Trophy, 23th September - 1st October, 1995
 Berlin, Germany
1 Germany
2 Australia
3 Pakistan
4 The Netherlands
5 India
6 England
 18th Men's Champions Trophy, 7th - 15th December, 1996
 Madras, India
1 The Netherlands
2 Pakistan
3 Germany
4 India
5 Spain
6 Australia
 19th Men's Champions Trophy, 17th - 19th October, 1997
 Adelaide, Australia
1 Germany
2 Australia
3 Spain
4 The Netherlands
5 Pakistan
6 Korea
 20th Men's Champions Trophy, 31th October - 8th November, 1998
 Lahore, Pakistan
1 The Netherlands
2 Pakistan
3 Australia
4 Korea
5 Spain
6 Germany
 21th Men's Champions Trophy, 10th - 20th June, 1999
 Brisbane, Australia
1 Australia
2 Korea
3 The Netherlands
4 Spain
5 England
6 Pakistan
 22th Men's Champions Trophy, 27th May - 4th June, 2000
 Amstelveen, The Netherlands
1 The Netherlands
2 Germany
3 Korea
4 Spain
5 Australia
6 Great Britain
 23th Men's Champions Trophy, 3rd - 11th November, 2001
 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1 Germany
2 Australia
3 The Netherlands
4 Pakistan
5 England
6 Korea

 
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