Football at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Football at the 1912 Summer Olympics was one of the 102 events at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. It was the fourth time that football was on the Olympic schedule. The tournament was contested between 11 nations, all of them from Europe, with Great Britain winning the gold medals (the IOC accredits Great Britain and Ireland with the medal). Replicating the 1908 tournament, Denmark won silver medals and the Netherlands won bronze medals.
Illustration from the Official Report
|Dates||29 June – 4 July|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Great Britain (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||93 (8.45 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Gottfried Fuchs (10 goals)|
The games took place in three different stadiums from June 29 to July 5, 1912. From the eleven games of the main tournament, two were played at Tranebergs Idrottsplats in a suburb of Stockholm, five games including the bronze medal match took place at Råsunda Idrottsplats also outside Stockholm, while four games including the final were held at the Olympiastadion.
|Stockholm Olympic Stadium||
The tournament attracted a record 11 entries, all of them from Europe: The Football Association entered a Great Britain national amateur team to represent the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland).
France and Belgium also entered, but they withdrew shortly before the draw was made, while the entry of Bohemia was rejected, as only nations or associations affiliated to FIFA were allowed to enter the competition.
A total of 135+28 footballers from 11 nations competed at the Stockholm Games:[note 1]
Course of the tournamentEdit
In the first round of the tournament, the hosts from Sweden went out in the opening match against the Netherlands. Fighting back from a 1-3 deficit with half an hour to go, Sweden only lost 4-3 on a goal scored by Dutch player Jan Vos in the extra time of the English referee. At Tranebergs Idrottsplats, Austrian football pioneer Hugo Meisl was the referee as Finland beat Italy also in extra time.
In the second round, Finland won again, this time beating Russia, who had received a bye in the first round. By this stage, the Great Britain team entered the contest, drawn to play against Hungary at Olympiastadion. Great Britain was captained by Vivian Woodward, a record-scoring centre-forward from Chelsea, who had formed part of Great Britain's gold medal winning side of the 1908 Summer Olympics. Led by forward Harold Walden, who scored six goals, Great Britain defeated Hungary with 7-0.
In the semi-final round, Walden scored all four goals, as Great Britain defeated Finland 4-0. In the other semi-final Denmark beat the Netherlands 4-1; the Dutch consolation goal put behind goalkeeper Sophus Hansen by Danish defender Harald Hansen. For the second successive time, the final would pair Great Britain with Denmark, and like in 1908, the team representing Great Britain would win gold medals, although this game would be closer than the 4-2 score-line suggested. With no rule allowing substitutions, Denmark played with one player less from the 30th minute of the game, when Charles Buchwald was injured.
A consolation tournament run, conjunctively, with the tournament proper paired the losers of the first and second rounds, and was eventually won by Hungary, although no medals were awarded for the top three finishers.
German player Gottfried Fuchs equalled the record for most goals in an international (set by Dane Sophus Nielsen in the 1908 Olympics) with 10 goals for Germany against Russia, a record that stood until 2001.
|First round||Second round||Semi-finals||Final|
|June 30 - Olympiastadion|
|July 2 - Olympiastadion|
|June 29 - Tranebergs Idrottsplats|
|June 30 - Tranebergs Idrottsplats|
|July 4 - Olympiastadion|
|June 30 - Råsunda Idrottsplats|
|July 2 - Olympiastadion|
|June 29 - Olympiastadion|
|June 30 - Råsunda Idrottsplats||July 4 - Råsunda Idrottsplats|
|June 29 - Råsunda Idrottsplats|
E. Soinio 40'
|Merz 75', 81'
|Swensson 3', 80'
E. Börjesson 62' (pen)
|Report||Bouvy 28', 52'
Vos 43', 91'
|Walden 21', 23', 49', 53', 55', 85'
|Olsen 4', 70', 88'
S. Nielsen 60', 85'
ten Cate 12'
|Holopainen 2' (og)
Walden 7', 77'
|Olsen 14', 87'
P. Nielsen 37'
|Report||H. Hansen 85' (og)|
Bronze Medal matchEdit
|Vos 29', 43', 46', 74', 78'
van der Sluis 24', 57'
de Groot 28', 86'
|Hoare 22', 41',
|Report||Olsen 27', 81'|
The database of the International Olympic Committee lists only the eleven players as medalists for each nation, who played in the first match for their nation. The following list contains these eleven players, as well as all other players who made at least one appearance for their team during the tournament.
|Fuchs 2', 9', 21', 28', 34', 46', 51', 55', 65', 69'
Förderer 6', 27', 53', 66'
|Schlosser 3', 39', 82'||Report||Förderer 56'|
Grundwald 40', 89'
- 10 goals
- Gottfried Fuchs (Germany)
- 9 goals
- Harold Walden (Great Britain)
- 8 goals
- Jan Vos (Netherlands)
- 7 goals
- Anthon Olsen (Denmark)
- 5 goals
- Fritz Förderer (Germany)
- 4 goals
- Imre Schlosser (Hungary)
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Robert Cimera (Austria)
- Ludwig Hussak (Austria)
- Leopold Neubauer (Austria)
- Jan Studnicka (Austria)
- Leopold Studnicka (Austria)
- Poul Nielsen (Denmark)
- Emil Jørgensen (Denmark)
- Nils Middelboe (Denmark)
- Vilhelm Wolfhagen (Denmark)
- Eino Soinio (Finland)
- Karl Burger (Germany)
- Adolf Jäger (Germany)
- Emil Oberle (Germany)
- Arthur Berry (Great Britain)
- Mihály Pataki (Hungary)
- Sándor Bodnár (Hungary)
- Felice Berardo (Italy)
- Enrico Sardi (Italy)
- Caesar ten Cate (Netherlands)
- Vasily Butusov (Russian Empire)
- Erik Börjesson (Sweden)
- Own goals
- 135 players took part in the main tournament and another 28 players only played in the consolation tournament. Also there are 33 reserve players known, which are not included.
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- "Britain's Olympic past". Barber, David; The Football Association, 3 March 2004. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
- Stockholm, 1912 on FIFA.com
- Games of the V. Olympiad at the RSSSF
- 1912 Stockolm on the IFFHS (archived, 9 May 2011)
- International Olympic Committee medal database
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