Football At the 1936 Summer Olympics
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Football At the 1936 Summer Olympics
1936 Men's Olympic Football Tournament
Tournament details
Host countryGermany
DatesAugust 3-15
Teams16 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s)4 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Italy
Runners-up Austria
Third place Norway
Fourth place Poland
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored78 (4.88 per match)
Top scorer(s)Italy Annibale Frossi (7 goals)

Football at the 1936 Summer Olympics was won by Italy. After the introduction of the first FIFA World Cup in 1930 (which had, in itself lead to the absence of a football tournament from the 1932 Games programme), competing nations would from now on only be permitted to play their best players if those players were amateur or (where national associations were assisted by interested states to traverse such a rule) where professional players were state-sponsored.[1][2] However, since amateur players were counted as senior squad players, their results would be still counted as senior side's results until 1992.




Final tournament

Peruvian goalkeeper Juan Valdivieso reaches out for the football during match between Austria and Peru.

The Italians, winners against the Austrians at the 1934 World Cup now found the Olympic side, with ten changes, a completely different proposition. The Azzurri included players such as Alfredo Foni, Pietro Rava and Ugo Locatelli, who would all play in their World Cup victory in Paris. That they eventually prevailed was due to two incidents: the first when their bespectacled forward Frossi scored, the second when Weingartner, the German referee, was literally restrained from sending off Archille Piccini after fouling two Americans. Italian players held both his arms and covered his mouth in protest. Piccini stayed on the park, Italy won.[3] This was something more than Sweden managed in their tie with Japan the next day in Berlin. Two-nil up within 45 minutes, their loss was recorded by the Swedish commentator, Sven Jerring, calling "Japanese, Japanese, Japanese, Japanese all over" (Japaner, japaner, japaner, ôverallt japaner.) during the final minutes as the Japanese defenders held out to run out as winners 3-2. It marked the first time an Asian side had participated in either the World Cup or Olympic Games football competition and the first time an Asian side emerged victorious. Their neighbours, China, lost 0-2 to Great Britain on the next day. Otherwise there were wins for Peru and the hosts, 9-0 versus Luxembourg.

First round

Attendance: 9.000
Referee: Carl Weingartner (GER)

Norway 4-0 Turkey
Martinsen Goal 3070
Brustad Goal 53
Kvammen Goal 80
Attendance: 8.000
Referee: Giuseppe Scarpi (ITA)

Japan 3-2 Sweden
Kawamoto Goal 49[4]
Ukon Goal 62
Matsunaga Goal 85
Report Persson Goal 2437
Attendance: 5.000
Referee: Wilhelm Peters (GER)

Germany 9-0 Luxembourg
Urban Goal 165475
Simetsreiter Goal 324874
Gauchel Goal 4989
Elbern Goal 76
Attendance: 12.000
Referee: Pál von Hertzka (HUN)

Poland 3-0 Hungary
Gad Goal 1227
Wodarz Goal 88
Attendance: 5.000
Referee: Raffaele Scorzoni (ITA)

Austria 3-1 Egypt
Steinmetz Goal 465
Laudon Goal 7
Report Sakr Goal 85
Attendance: 6.000
Referee: Arthur James Jewell (GBR)

Peru 7-3 Finland
Fernández Goal 1733474970
Villanueva Goal 2167
Report Kanerva Goal 42 (pen.)
Grönlund Goal 75
Larvo Goal 80
Attendance: 2.500
Referee: Rinaldo Barlassina (ITA)

Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Helmut Fink (GER)

Quarter finals

The Italian squad that won the Gold Medal
A ball of the competitions is on display at the German Leather Museum.

Italy defeated Japan after Pozzo's decision to include Biagi, who scored goals. The same day at the Poststadion, Berlin before a crowd that included Goebbels, Göring, Hess and Hitler, Germany were knocked out 2-0 by Norway. Goebbels wrote: "The Führer is very excited, I can barely contain myself. A real bath of nerves." Norway, went on to draw with Italy in the first round of the 1938 FIFA World Cup. Germany lost 2-0 and Hitler, who had never seen a football match before, and had originally planned to watch the rowing, left early in a huff.[6]

The following day at the Hertha Platz, Austria played Peru. The match was highly contested, and the game went into overtime when the Peruvians drew with the Austrians after being two goals behind. Peru 'scored' five goals during extra-time, of which three were disallowed by the referee, and won 4-2.[7][8] The Austrians demanded a rematch on the grounds that Peruvian fans had stormed the field, and because the field did not meet the requirements for a football game.[8][9] 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."[10] Peru was notified of this situation, and they attempted to go to the assigned meeting but were delayed by a German parade.[8] 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.[9][10]

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.[11][12] Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Mexico expressed their solidarity with Peru.[10] 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."[13] The game was awarded to Austria by default.[10] 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."[10] To this day, it is not known with certainty what exactly happened at Germany, but it is popularly believed that Adolf Hitler and the Nazi authorities might have had some involvement in this situation.[12]

In the last of the quarter-finals Poland, assisted by their forward, Hubert Gad, played out a nine-goal party to defeat the British side; at one time they were 5-1 to the better. The Casual's Bernard Joy scored two as Britain fought back gamely but they ran out of time. Prior to the Games Daniel Pettit received a letter from the Football Association which dealt mostly with the uniform he would wear. As he explained to the academic Rachel Cutler there was a handwritten PS that said: 'As there is a month to go before we leave for Berlin kindly take some exercise.' Pettit ran around his local park. [6]

Italy 8-0 Japan
Frossi Goal 147580
Biagi Goal 32578182
Cappelli Goal 89
Attendance: 8.000
Referee: Otto Ohlsson (SWE)

Germany 0-2 Norway
Report Isaksen Goal 783
Attendance: 55.000

Poland 5-4 Great Britain
Gad Goal 33
Wodarz Goal 434853
Piec Goal 56
Report Clements Goal 26
Shearer Goal 71
Joy Goal 7880
Attendance: 6.000
Referee: Rudolf Eklow (SWE)

Attendance: 5.000
Referee: Thoralf Kristiansen (NOR)

1 Due to a pitch invasion, the match was declared null and void, and ordered to be replayed on August 10. Peru objected to the replay decision and withdrew from the tournament.

Semi finals

Italy 2-1 (a.e.t.) Norway
Negro Goal 15
Frossi Goal 96
Report Brustad Goal 58
Attendance: 95.000
Referee: Pál von Hertzka (HUN)

Austria 3-1 Poland
Kainberger Goal 14
Laudon Goal 55
Mandl Goal 88
Report Gad Goal 73

Bronze medal match

Norway 3-2 Poland
Brustad Goal 152184 Report Wodarz Goal 5
Peterek Goal 24 (pen.)
Attendance: 95.000
Referee: Alfred Birlem (GER)

The Final (Gold medal match)

Italy now overcame Austria in a match refereed by Dr Peco Bauwens; the Austrians having defeated Poland to attend the final. Not that there was much in it; Frossi again scoring for the Azzurri and getting the winner just as extra-time got underway.

Italy 2-1 (a.e.t.) Austria
Frossi Goal 7092 Report Kainberger Goal 79
Attendance: 85,000
Referee: Peco Bauwens (Germany)


Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
3 August - Berlin
 Italy 1
7 August - Berlin
 United States 0
 Italy 8
4 August - Berlin
 Japan 0
 Japan 3
10 August - Berlin
 Sweden 2
 Italy (a.e.t.)2
3 August - Berlin
 Norway 4
7 August - Berlin
 Turkey 0
 Norway 2
4 August - Berlin
 Germany 0
 Germany 9
15 August - Berlin
 Luxembourg 0
 Italy (a.e.t.)2
5 August - Berlin
 Austria 1
 Austria 3
8 August - Berlin
 Egypt 1
 Austria 2
6 August - Berlin
 Peru (a.e.t.)42
 Peru 7
11 August - Berlin
 Finland 3
 Austria 3
5 August - Berlin
 Poland 1 Third place
 Poland 3
8 August - Berlin13 August - Berlin
 Hungary 0
 Poland 5  Norway 3
6 August - Berlin
 Great Britain4  Poland 2
 Great Britain 2
 Republic of China 0
2 Withdrew.


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  2. ^ "Football at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-30. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ This goal belongs to Taizo Kawamoto according to this website Archived 2016-03-19 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ English football statistics said that in this game played Daniel Pettit (instead of John Sutcliffe)
  6. ^ a b "Hitler, huffs and Kanu's 'beautiful moment' - Special reports -". Archived from the original on 2016-09-16.
  7. ^ Doyle, Paul (24 November 2011). "The forgotten story of ... football, farce and fascism at the 1936 Olympics - Paul Doyle". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015.
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