Nations Cup in numbers

Ashley Jackson in action for Great Britain against Germany last time these two sides met on Olympic Park back in 2012 - credit Ady Kerry

The Nations Cup takes place later on today as Great Britain's men face off against Germany at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We took a look at some of the stats and facts ahead of what promises to be a momentous clash.

- Great Britain’s record against Germany is P50 W 5 D 10 L 35 F 64 A 125.

- The last time Great Britain beat Germany was at the Olympic Games in Sydney, 2000. Goals from Calum Giles and Craig Parnham were enough for a 2-1 win.

- The two sides met last month in a test match which finished in a 2-2 draw. Barry Middleton and David Condon netted for Bobby Crutchley’s side. Tobias Matania and Pilt Arnold scored for the Germans.

- Perhaps the most famous clash between these two sides was the 1988 Olympic Final, which Great Britain won 3-1 thanks to goals from Sean Kerly and a double from Imran Sherwani. The game gave rise to the iconic “Where were the Germans?” commentary from Barry Davies.

- Germany are the reigning Olympic Champions, a title they won on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park back in 2012. Keep an eye out for Number 14 Jan Philipp Rabente, who scored both goals in the final.

Mo Furste and Tobias Hauke in penalty corner action 

- The squad Germany have brought for the Nations Cup contains seven members of the Olympic Gold medal winning side, Moritz Fürste, Tobias Hauke, Jan Philipp Rabente, Christopher Zeller, Florian Fuchs, Christopher Wesley and Oskar Deecke. Nicolas Jacobi and Linus Butt were the two reserves.

- Germany’s Nations Cup squad also contains two former FIH World Players of the Year (Fürste and Hauke) and four former FIH World Young Players of the Year (Rühr, Fuchs, Hauke and Zeller.)

- Ashley Jackson is England and GB’s all time top scorer with 112 goals.

- Great Britain skipper Barry Middleton enjoyed a spell playing club hockey in Germany, winning the Bundesliga title with Club an der Alster in 2011.

Tonight's Nations Cup match is a sell-out. If you haven't managed to get tickets, there is still a chance to see Great Britain's men at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre later on this summer as they take on World Champions Australia. All the details including how to earn cash-back for your club, can be found here.