Football at the 1912 Summer Olympics

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Football at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Football at the 1912 Summer Olympics.JPG
Illustration from the Official Report
Tournament details
Host countrySweden
Dates29 June – 4 July
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)

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.[3][4]

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.


Stockholm Olympic Stadium

Stockholm area with location in Sweden inserted

Capacity: 33,000
Stockholms stadion 1919.jpg
Råsunda IP
Capacity: —
Rasunda 1912.jpg
Tranebergs Idrottsplats
Capacity: —
Traneberg 1912.jpg


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 tournament[edit]

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,[5] although no medals were awarded for the top three finishers.[3]

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 roundSecond roundSemi-finalsFinal
 Great Britain
June 30 - Olympiastadion
 Great Britain 7
 Hungary 0
July 2 - Olympiastadion
 Great Britain 4
June 29 - Tranebergs Idrottsplats
 Finland 0
 Italy 2
June 30 - Tranebergs Idrottsplats
 Finland (a.e.t.)3
 Finland 2
 Russia 1
July 4 - Olympiastadion
 Great Britain 4
 Denmark 2
June 30 - Råsunda Idrottsplats
 Denmark 7
 Norway 0
July 2 - Olympiastadion
 Denmark 4
June 29 - Olympiastadion
 Netherlands 1 Third place
 Netherlands (a.e.t.)4
June 30 - Råsunda IdrottsplatsJuly 4 - Råsunda Idrottsplats
 Sweden 3
 Netherlands 3  Netherlands 9
June 29 - Råsunda Idrottsplats
 Austria 1  Finland 0
 Austria 5
 Germany 1

Match details[edit]

First round[edit]

Finland 3–2 (a.e.t.) Italy
Öhman Goal 2'
E. Soinio Goal 40'
Wiberg Goal 105'
Report Bontadini Goal 10'
Sardi Goal 25'
Attendance: 600
Referee: Hugo Meisl (Austria)

Austria 5–1 Germany
Merz Goal 75'81'
Studnicka Goal 58'
Neubauer Goal 62'
Cimera Goal 89'
Report Jäger Goal 35'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Humbert Willing (Netherlands)

Sweden 3–4 (a.e.t.) Netherlands
Swensson Goal 3'80'
E. Börjesson Goal 62' (pen)
Report Bouvy Goal 28'52'
Vos Goal 43'91'
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: George Wagstaffe (England)


Finland 2–1 Russia
Wiberg Goal 30'
Öhman Goal 80'
Report Butusov Goal 72'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Per Sjoblom (Sweden)

Great Britain 7–0 Hungary
Walden Goal 21'23'49'53'55'85'
Woodward Goal 45'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Christiaan Groothoff (Netherlands)

Denmark 7–0 Norway
Olsen Goal 4'70'88'
S. Nielsen Goal 60'85'
Wolfhagen Goal 25'
Middelboe Goal 37'
Attendance: 700
Referee: Ruben Gelbord (Sweden)

Netherlands 3–1 Austria
Bouvy Goal 8'
ten Cate Goal 12'
Vos Goal 30'
Report Müller Goal 41'
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: David Philip (Scotland)


Great Britain 4–0 Finland
Holopainen Goal 2' (og)
Walden Goal 7'77'
Woodward Goal 82'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Ruben Gelbord (Sweden)

Denmark 4–1 Netherlands
Olsen Goal 14'87'
Jørgensen Goal 7'
P. Nielsen Goal 37'
Report H. Hansen Goal 85' (og)
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Ede Herczog (Hungary)

Bronze Medal match[edit]

Netherlands 9–0 Finland
Vos Goal 29'43'46'74'78'
van der Sluis Goal 24'57'
de Groot Goal 28'86'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Per Sjoblom (Sweden)


Great Britain 4–2 Denmark
Hoare Goal 22'41',
Walden Goal 10'
Berry Goal 43'
Report Olsen Goal 27'81'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Christiaan Groothoff (Netherlands)

Final summary[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Gold medal icon.svg  Great Britain 3 3 0 0 15 2 +13 6
Silver medal icon.svg  Denmark 3 2 0 1 13 5 +8 4
Bronze medal icon.svg  Netherlands 4 3 0 1 17 8 +9 6
4  Finland 4 2 0 2 5 16 -11 4
5  Austria 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 2
6  Russia 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
7  Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 7 -7 0
8  Norway 1 0 0 1 0 7 -7 0
9  Sweden 1 0 0 1 3 4 -1 0
10  Italy 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0
11  Germany 1 0 0 1 1 5 -6 0


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.[6] 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.

(Left): Great Britain, Gold Medal; (right): Denmark team, Silver Medal winner
The Netherlands team, Bronze Medal
Gold Silver Bronze
 Great Britain
Arthur Berry
Ronald Brebner
Thomas Burn
Joseph Dines
Edward Hanney
Gordon Hoare
Arthur Knight
Henry Littlewort
Douglas McWhirter
Ivan Sharpe
Harold Stamper
Harold Walden
Vivian Woodward
Gordon Wright
Paul Berth
Charles Buchwald
Hjalmar Christoffersen
Harald Hansen
Sophus Hansen
Emil Jørgensen
Ivar Lykke
Nils Middelboe
Oskar Nielsen
Poul Nielsen
Sophus Nielsen
Anthon Olsen
Axel Petersen
Axel Thufason
Vilhelm Wolfhagen
Piet Bouman
Joop Boutmy
Nico Bouvy
Huug de Groot
Bok de Korver
Nico de Wolf
Constant Feith
Ge Fortgens
Just Göbel
Dirk Lotsy
Caesar ten Cate
Jan van Breda Kolff
Jan van der Sluis
Jan Vos
David Wijnveldt

Consolation tournament[edit]

First round[edit]

Austria 1–0 Norway
Neubauer Goal 2' Report
Attendance: 200
Referee: Per Sjoblom (Sweden)

Germany 16–0 Russia
Fuchs Goal 2'9'21'28'34'46'51'55'65'69'
Förderer Goal 6'27'53'66'
Burger Goal 30'
Oberle Goal 58'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Christiaan Groothoff (Netherlands)

Italy 1–0 Sweden
Bontadini Goal 30' Report
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Herbert Willing (Netherlands)


Hungary 3–1 Germany
Schlosser Goal 3'39'82' Report Förderer Goal 56'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Christiaan Groothoff (Netherlands)

Austria 5–1 Italy
Müller Goal 30'
Grundwald Goal 40'89'
Hussak Goal 49'
Studnicka Goal 65'
Report Berardo Goal 81'
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Herbert Willing (Netherlands)


Hungary 3–0 Austria
Schlosser Goal 32'
Pataki Goal 63'
Bodnar Goal 72'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Herbert Willing (Netherlands)



German player Gottfried Fuchs was the topscorer of the tournament with 10 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals


  1. ^ 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.


  1. ^ "Football at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Britain's Olympic past". Barber, David; The Football Association, 3 March 2004. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
  3. ^ a b Stockholm, 1912 on
  4. ^ Games of the V. Olympiad at the RSSSF
  5. ^ 1912 Stockolm on the IFFHS (archived, 9 May 2011)
  6. ^ International Olympic Committee medal database