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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.[1] 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[2] 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.

Football at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host countrySweden
Dates29 June – 4 July
Teams11
Venue(s)3 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Great Britain (3rd title)
Runners-up Denmark
Third place Netherlands
Fourth placeRussian Empire Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played11
Goals scored93 (8.45 per match)
Top scorer(s)German Empire Gottfried Fuchs (10 goals)
1908
1920

Just as the Football Association had organised the 1908 Olympic football competition in London, the Swedish Football Association ran the 1912 event.

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.

Contents

VenuesEdit

Stockholm
Stockholm Olympic Stadium


Stockholm area with location in Sweden inserted

Capacity: 33,000
 
Råsunda IP
Capacity: —
 
Tranebergs Idrottsplats
Capacity: —
 

Medal summaryEdit

ParticipantsEdit

 
German player Gottfried Fuchs was the topscorer of the tournament.

The tournament attracted a record 11 entries, all of them from Europe: France and Belgium withdrew from the event shortly before the draw, and the entry of Bohemia was rejected as only nations and associations affiliated to FIFA were allowed to enter teams. The Football Association entered a Great Britain national amateur team to represent Great Britain.

A total of 135+28[4] footballers from 11 nations competed at the Stockholm Games:

Amateur definitionsEdit

The definition for the football competition was:[citation needed]

An amateur is one:

  • who has never competed for money prize, or received any remuneration or Consideration of any sort above his necessary hotel and travelling expenses, paid in actual connection with football matches;
  • who has never engaged, assisted, or taught, in any branch of sport as a means of pecuniary gain;
  • who has never been registered as a professional;
  • who has never sold, pawned, hired out, or exhibited for payment, any prize won in a competition.

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. 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.

BracketEdit

 
First roundSecond roundSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Great Britain (GBR)
 
June 30 - Olympiastadion
 
bye
 
  Great Britain (GBR) 7
 
 
 
  Hungary (HUN) 0
 
  Hungary (HUN)
 
July 2 - Olympiastadion
 
bye
 
  Great Britain (GBR) 4
 
June 29 - Tranebergs Idrottsplats
 
 Finland 0
 
  Italy (ITA) 2
 
June 30 - Tranebergs Idrottsplats
 
  Finland (a.e.t.)3
 
 Finland 2
 
 
 
  Russia (RUS) 1
 
  Russia (RUS)
 
July 4 - Olympiastadion
 
bye
 
  Great Britain (GBR) 4
 
 
 
  Denmark (DEN) 2
 
  Denmark (DEN)
 
June 30 - Råsunda Idrottsplats
 
bye
 
  Denmark (DEN) 7
 
 
 
  Norway (NOR) 0
 
  Norway (NOR)
 
July 2 - Olympiastadion
 
bye
 
  Denmark (DEN) 4
 
June 29 - Olympiastadion
 
  Netherlands (NED) 1 Third place
 
  Netherlands (NED) (a.e.t.)4
 
June 30 - Råsunda IdrottsplatsJuly 4 - Råsunda Idrottsplats
 
  Sweden (SWE) 3
 
  Netherlands (NED) 3   Netherlands (NED) 9
 
June 29 - Råsunda Idrottsplats
 
  Austria (AUT) 1  Finland 0
 
  Austria (AUT) 5
 
 
  Germany (GER) 1
 

ResultsEdit

First Round
June 29 Tranebergs Idrottsplats   Italy (ITA) 2 - 3  Finland after extra time
(att. 600) Bontadini (10'), Sardi (25') (2 - 2) Öhman (2'), E. Soinio (40'), Wiberg (105')

June 29 Råsunda Idrottsplats   Austria (AUT) 5 - 1   Germany (GER)
(att. 2,000) Merz (75', 81'), Studnicka (58'),
Neubauer (62'), Cimera (89')
(0 - 1) Jäger (35')

June 29 Olympiastadion   Netherlands (NED) 4 - 3   Sweden (SWE) after extra time
(att. 14,000) Bouvy (28', 52'), Vos (43', 91') (2 - 1) Swensson (3', 80'), E. Börjesson (62' pen)
Second Round
June 30 Tranebergs Idrottsplats  Finland 2 - 1   Russia (RUS)
(att. 300) Wiberg (30'), Öhman (80') (1 - 0) Butusov (72')

June 30 Olympiastadion   Great Britain (GBR) 7 - 0   Hungary (HUN)
(att. 8,000) Walden (21', 23', 49', 53', 55', 85'),
Woodward (45')
(3 - 0)

June 30 Råsunda Idrottsplats   Denmark (DEN) 7 - 0   Norway (NOR)
(att. 700) Olsen (4', 70', 88'),
Sophus Nielsen (60', 85'),
Wolfhagen (25'), Middelboe (37')
(3 - 0)

June 30 Råsunda Idrottsplats   Netherlands (NED) 3 - 1   Austria (AUT)
(att. 7,000) Bouvy (8'), ten Cate (12'), Vos (30') (3 - 1) Müller (41')
Semi-finals
July 2 Olympiastadion   Great Britain (GBR) 4 - 0  Finland
(att. 4,000) Walden (7', 77'), Holopainen (2' og),
Woodward (82')
(2 - 0)

July 2 Olympiastadion   Denmark (DEN) 4 - 1   Netherlands (NED)
(att. 6,000) Olsen (14', 87'), Jørgensen (7'),
Poul Nielsen (37')
(3 - 0) H. Hansen (85' og)
Bronze Medal Match
July 4 Råsunda Idrottsplats   Netherlands (NED) 9 - 0  Finland
(att. 1,000) Vos (29', 43', 46', 74', 78'),
van der Sluis (24', 57'),
de Groot (28', 86')
(4 - 0)
Final
July 4 Olympiastadion   Great Britain (GBR) 4 - 2   Denmark (DEN)
(att. 25,000) Hoare (22', 41'),
Walden (10'), Berry (43')
(4 - 1) Olsen (27', 81')

Consolation tournamentEdit


First Round
July 1 Tranebergs Idrottsplats   Austria (AUT) 1 - 0   Norway (NOR)
(att. 200) Grundwald (2') (1 - 0)

July 1 Råsunda Idrottsplats   Germany (GER) 16 - 0   Russia (RUS)
(att. 2,000) Fuchs (2', 9', 21', 28', 34',
46', 51', 55', 65', 69'),
Förderer (6', 27', 53', 66'),
Burger (30'), Oberle (58')
(8 - 0)

July 1 Råsunda Idrottsplats   Italy (ITA) 1 - 0   Sweden (SWE)
(att. 2,500) Bontadini (15') (1 - 0)
Semi-finals
July 3 Råsunda Idrottsplats   Hungary (HUN) 3 - 1   Germany (GER)
(att. 2,000) Schlosser (3', 39', 82') (2 - 0) Förderer (56')

July 3 Olympiastadion   Austria (AUT) 5 - 1   Italy (ITA)
(att. 3,500) Müller (30'), Grundwald (40', 89'),
Hussak (49'), Studnicka (65')
(2 - 0) Berardo (81')
Final
July 5 Råsunda Idrottsplats   Hungary (HUN) 3 - 0   Austria (AUT)
(att. 5,000) Schlosser (32'), Pataki (60'),
Bodnár (76')
(1 - 0)

GalleryEdit

GoalscorersEdit

10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Britain's Olympic past". Barber, David; The Football Association, 3 March 2004. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
  3. ^ International Olympic Committee medal database
  4. ^ 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.

External linksEdit