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, Universitario de Deportes and 1935 league champions Sport Boys.[1]



Austria had won its first-round match against Egypt with a 3–1 score.[2]


In the first round, Peru had an easy win over Finland 7–3, with Teodoro Fernández scoring five Peruvian goals.[3]


First half[edit]

Walter Werginz opened the scoring for Austria in the 23rd minute, to give the Austrian side a one-goal lead. Shortly after, in the 37th minute of action, Klement Steinmetz put a ball past Peruvian keeper Juan Valdivieso to double Austria's early lead. After 45 minutes of play, the scoreline was 0–2 in favour of the Austrians.

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

Second half[edit]

Trailing 0–2, with elimination from the tournament at stake, the Peruvians entered the second half with renewed determination to extend their Olympic stint. In the 75th minute, the Peruvians scored their first goal through Jorge Alcalde. Six minutes later, in the 81st minute of play, Alejandro Villanueva scored the equalizer. The remaining minutes of the match saw no further scoring, and the match went into extra-time.

Extra time[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 five times during overtime, but three goals were declared not valid by the referee, and therefore won by the final score of 4–2.[4] [5]


August 8, 1936
Peru  4–2 (a.e.t.) 1  Austria
Alcalde Goal 75'
Villanueva Goal 81' Goal 117'
Fernández Goal 119'
Report 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, which then did not meet the requirements for a football game.[5][6] Austria further claimed that the Peruvian players had manhandled the Austrians and that spectators, one holding a revolver, had "swarmed down on the field."[7] Peru was summoned on this issue but were delayed by a German parade.[5]

Controversial decision[edit]

The Peruvian arguments were never heard, the Olympic Committee and FIFA sided with the Austrians and a rematch on closed grounds was scheduled for August 10, and later rescheduled for August 11, 1936.[6][7][8]

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.[9][10] Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Mexico expressed their solidarity with Peru.[7] Miguel Dasso, a member of the Peruvian Olympic Committee, stated: "We have no faith in European athletics. We have come here and found a bunch of merchants."[11] The game was awarded to Austria by default.[7]

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."[7] 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.[10]

Peru was coached by Alberto Denegri,[12] whereas Austria was managed by Englishman James Hogan.


Austria won silver in the tournament and Peru won three years later the 1939 South American Championship.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roberto Salinas (17 June 2013). "Continuando con las cronicas .." (in Spanish). CPDP. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Fifa Report; Austria – Egypt 3:1
  3. ^ Fifa Report; Peru – Finland 7:3
  4. ^ Paul Doyle. "The forgotten story of … football, farce and fascism at the 1936 Olympics – Paul Doyle". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Las épocas doradas del fútbol peruano y las Olimpiadas de 1936" (PDF). (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  6. ^ a b "Controversia – Berlín 36. Un mito derrumbado (The Berlin '36 Controversy. A myth debunked.)" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Sport: Olympic Games (Concl'd)". 1936-08-24. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  8. ^ hitler se entera que Perú le ganó a Austria. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2016 – via YouTube. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ a b "Las Olimpiadas de Berlín". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  11. ^ "Sport: Olympic Games (Concl'd)". Time. 1936-08-24. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  12. ^


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