Fritz Tarp

Fritz Albert Tarp (August 2, 1899 – January 9, 1958) was a Danish football (soccer) player, who played 44 games for the Denmark national football team from 1918 to 1934, 26 of these as team captain. He was an unused substitute in the Danish team at the 1920 Summer Olympics.

Fritz Tarp
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Personal information
Full name Fritz Albert Tarp
Date of birth (1899-08-02)2 August 1899
Place of birth Ringsted, Denmark
Date of death 9 January 1958(1958-01-09) (aged 58)
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
?–? HIK
?–1916 B 93
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1916–1936 B 93 250 (28)
National team
1918–1934 Denmark 44 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

BiographyEdit

Born in Ringsted,[1] Tarp played as a defender for Copenhagen clubs Hellerup IK and B 93. He was an elegant dribbler and effective tackler, and was one of the greatest personalities of all time in Danish football.[2] At B 93, he played alongside Danish internationals Svend Jensen and Henry Nielsen.[2]

Tarp made his national team debut in June 1918.[3] He was in the Danish team at the 1920 Summer Olympics, but spent the tournament as an unused reserve. He eventually established himself as a starter, and went on to captain the team in 26 games,[1] a Danish record at the time. In September 1932, he broke Michael Rohde's record from 1931, when Tarp became the first Dane to play 41 international games. After his 42nd international game in October 1932, his national team career went on a two-year hiatus, during which Valdemar Laursen reached his 42nd international as well. Tarp was recalled to the Danish team in September 1934, and he and Valdemar Laursen played the following two games together. Tarp and Laursen ended their international careers in October 1934,[3] having both played a record-setting 44 games for the national team.[2] The record was eventually broken by Pauli Jørgensen in September 1939.

Fritz Tarp died at Frederiksberg Hospital on January 9, 1958, having lived in Copenhagen at his time of death.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c (in Danish) Haslund profile Archived 2007-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Lundberg, Knud (1986). Dansk Fodbold. 1. Fra Breslau til Bronceholdet. Copenhagen: Rhodos. pp. 20–21. ISBN 87-7245-132-7.
  3. ^ a b Danish national team profile