Peru 4–2 Austria (1936 Summer Olympics association football)

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1936 Summer Olympics
Event 1936 Summer Olympics
Date 8 August 1936
Venue Hertha Platz, Berlin
Referee Thoralf Kristiansen (Norway)
Attendance 5,000

Peru v Austria was a football match played on 8 August 1936 during the Summer Olympics in Berlin.


The Peru squad mixed members of Alianza Lima's Rodillo Negro team with players from Universitario de Deportes and the 1935 league champions Sport Boys.[1]





First half[edit]

Photograph of a goalkeeper slapping a football out of his area
Juan Valdivieso leaps in the air.

Second half[edit]


The match was highly contested, and the game went into overtime when the Peruvians tied the Austrians after being two goals behind. Peru scored 5 goals during overtime, of which 3 were nullified by the referee, and won by the final score of 4-2.[2] [3]


August 8, 1936
Peru  4–2 (a.e.t.) 1  Austria
Alcalde Goal 75'
Villanueva Goal 81' Goal 117'
Fernández Goal 119'
Report[dead link] Wergin Goal 23'
Steinmetz Goal 37'
Berlin Hertha-BSC Platz

Referee: Thoralf Kristiansen (NOR)

Attendance: 5.000
GK 1 Juan Valdivieso
DF 2 Arturo Fernández
DF 3 Víctor Lavalle
MF 4 Carlos Tovar
MF 5 Segundo Castillo
MF 6 Orestes Jordan
FW 7 Adelfo Magallanes
MF 8 Jorge Alcalde Substituted off 82'
MF 9 Teodoro Fernández
FW 10 Alejandro Villanueva
FW 11 José Morales
MF ~ Prisco Alcalde
FW ~ Eulogio Garcia
Peru Alberto Denegri
GK 1 Eduard Kainberger
DF 2 Ernst Kunz
MF 3 Martin Kargl
MF 4 Anton Krenn
FW 5 Karl Wahlmüller
FW 6 Max Hofmeister
MF 7 Walter Werginz
MF 8 Adolf Laudon
DF 9 Klement Steinmetz
DF 10 Josef Kitzmueller
DF 11 Franz Fuchsberger
MF ~ Franz Mandl
FW ~ Karl Kainberger
England James Hogan

Assistant referees:
Hungary Hungary: Pal von Hertzka
Finland Finland: E.k. Pekonen



Austria protests[edit]

The Austrians demanded a rematch on the grounds that Peruvian fans had stormed the field, and so the field did not meet the requirements for a football game. .[3][4] Austria further claimed that the Peruvian players had manhandled the Austrian players and that spectators, one holding a revolver, had "swarmed down on the field."[5]

Peru was notified of this situation, and they attempted to go to the assigned meeting but were delayed by a German parade.[3]

Controversial decision[edit]

At the end, the Peruvian defense was never heard, and the Olympic Committee and FIFA sided with the Austrians. The rematch was scheduled to be taken under close grounds on August 10, and later re-scheduled to be taken on August 11.[4][5][6]

Peru withdraws[edit]

As a sign of protest against these actions, which the Peruvians deemed as insulting and discriminatory, the complete Olympic delegations of Peru and Colombia left Germany.[7][8] Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Mexico expressed their solidarity with Peru.[5] Michael Dasso, a member of the Peruvian Olympic Committee, stated: "We've no faith in European athletics. We have come here and found a bunch of merchants."[9] The game was awarded to Austria by default.[5]

In Peru, angry crowds protested against the decisions of the Olympic Committee by tearing down an Olympic flag, throwing stones at the German consulate, refusing to load German vessels in the docks of Callao, and listening to inflammatory speeches which included President Oscar Benavides Larrea's mention of "the crafty Berlin decision."[5] To this day, it is not known with certainty what exactly happened at Germany. It is popularly believed that Adolf Hitler and the Nazi authorities might have had some involvement in this situation, though this was not claimed at the time.[8]

Peru was coached by national manager Alberto Denegri,[10] and Austria was under the command of English James Hogan.


Austria won silver in the Olympics and Peru, a few years later, became South American champions.

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