1922 King Alexander's Cup

The 1922 King Alexander's Cup (Romanian: Cupa Regelui Alexandru 1922) was the first edition of the Friendship Cup. It was a single-game tournament in 1922 and the first official match of the national association football team of Romania.

1922 King Alexander's Cup
EventKing Alexander's Cup
Date8 June 1922
VenueStadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade
RefereeHeinrich Retschury (Austria)


The trophy was named after Alexander I, the King of Yugoslavia.[1][2][3] The match was organized to celebrate the wedding of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia with the Princess Maria of Romania, the event being announced by the Romanian newspaper, Ecoul Sportiv on 28 May 1922: "On the occasion of the marriage of His Majesty King Alexander I with Her Royal Highness Princess Maria of Romania, His Majesty was pleased to donate a cup that will bear his name, to encourage the progress of the football-association sport in his country and in the country of his wife. This cup will be a challenge and will go definitely to the country which will win it three times in a row or five times in total."[1][2][3][4] The game took place at Stadion SK Jugoslavija in Belgrade, Kingdom of SCS (today part of Serbia), and ended with a 2–1 win for Romania.[1][2][3][5] Three kings were at the game: Alexander I of Yugoslavia, Ferdinand I of Romania and George II of Greece.[2][3] Romania's equipment for that match was bought by one of its players, Elemer Hirsch and it was black and white, it is believed that the reason those colors were chosen is that Hirsch was a fan of Universitatea Cluj who had the same colors.[1][2][3][4]


  Yugoslavia1–2  Romania
Šifer   35' (pen.) [6][7] Rónay   41' (pen.)
Guga   61'
Stadion SK Jugoslavija
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Attendance: 5,000

Squad :
GK Dragutin Friedrich
BK Andrija Kujundžić
BK Jaroslav Šifer
HW Stjepan Šterk
HC Artur Dubravčić (c)
HW Rudolf Rupec
FW Dragutin Babić
FW Branko Zinaja
FW Emil Perška
FW Vladimir Vinek
FW Ivan Šojat
Manager :
Veljko Ugrinić


  • GK = Goalkeeper
  • BK = Back
  • HW = Half-winger
  • HC = Half-center
  • FW = Forward

Squad :
GK Adalbert Ritter
BK Alois Szilagyi
BK Elemer Hirsch
HW Dezideriu Jacobi
HC Nicolae Hönigsberg
HW Francisc Zimmermann
FW Aurel Guga (c)
FW Carol Frech
FW Paul Schiller
FW Ferenc Rónay
FW Ioan Auer
Manager :
Teofil Morariu


The Romanian newspaper, Ecoul Sportiv wrote after the game: "The Romanian representative team wins the Golden Cup of His Majesty King Alexander, beating Jugo-Slavia 2–1. King Alexander's Cup will be exhibited for a week in Bucharest and then it will be sent to Transylvania to be seen by all sportsmen".[2] Ecoul Sportiv also wrote: "The game of the Romanian national team was a true masterpiece, all the players without exception were good, they combined beautifully with a lot of precision, no shot was taken without thought".[8] The Yugoslavian newspaper, Politika wrote after the game: "Yesterday's international match between the Kingdom of Romania and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, counting for the Cup of His Majesty King Alexander I surprised not only the host players, but the entire sports world, which did not doubt the success of our national team".[8]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f "100 de ani de la primul duel din istoria naționalei. Trei regi au fost la meci + destine tragice pentru doi "tricolori" din acea echipă" [100 years since the first duel in the history of the national team. Three kings were at the match + tragic destinies for two "tricolors" from that team] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 8 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Povestea primului meci al echipei naționale a României: De la nunta regală, direct în tribune" [The story of the first match of the Romanian national team: From the royal wedding, directly in the stands] (in Romanian). Frf.ro. 2 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  4. ^ a b "100 de ani de la primul meci al naţionalei României! Cum s-a implicat Regina Maria în naşterea selecţionatei. Povestea echipamentului inedit al tricolorilor. Foto" [100 years since the first match of the Romanian national team! How did Queen Maria got involved in the birth of the national team. The story of the unusual equipment of the tricolors. Photo] (in Romanian). Fanatik.ro. 8 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Romania - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. July 2018.
  6. ^ "Yugoslavia 1-2 Romania". eu-football.info. July 2018.
  7. ^ "The debut of The Tricolours" (in Romanian). Ripensia-sport-magazin.ro. 24 January 2017.
  8. ^ a b "De Ziua Unirii Principatelor: Debutul "tricolorilor"" [On the Day of the Union of the Principalities: The debut of the "tricolors"] (in Romanian). Ripensia-sport-magazin.ro. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2022.

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