Today In History Denmark beat France 9-0 at the Olympics

Exactly 108 years today, France suffered a 0-9 defeat to Denmark in an international game

  • Published:
play Denmark beat France 9-0
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

On 19 October 1908, Denmark played their first official international, beating France 9-0 in the opening match of the Summer Olympics.

The Danish Football Association formed in 1899, but waited several years before forming their first international squad. In 1906, an unofficial Denmark team composed of players from the Copenhagen Football Association participated in--and won--the 1906 Intercalated Games (an informal version of the Summer Olympics) by beating an Athens team 9-0. They followed up by registering their first official side for the 1908 Summer Olympics.

There were two matches scheduled for the tournament's opening day, but Hungary withdrew from their game against the Netherlands for financial reasons. As a result, Denmark and France contested the first official Olympic international.

Playing before a crowd of 2,000 at London's White City Stadium, Nils Middelboe (pictured) scored the first official Olympic goal when he put Denmark up in the 10th minute. He scored another in the 49th minute, while the Danes also got goals from Vilhelm Wolfhagen (15', 17', 67', 72'), Harald Bohr (25', 47'), and Sophus Nielsen (78') en route to a 9-0 victory. (The French team was their "B" side; their "A" side met Denmark three days later and suffered an even greater defeat, losing 17-1 with a staggering 10 goals from Nielsen.)

Denmark reached the tournament final, but lost to Great Britain 2-0.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Video Ex-Black Stars player ruined by drugsbullet
2 Jonathan Mensah Tops All Know the salaries of Ghanaian players in the MLSbullet
3 Video Watch KP Boateng's amazing comparison between Messi and Ronaldobullet
4 Mateo Kovacic Real Madrid youngster beats Messi, Neymar on La Liga...bullet
5 Moïse Brou Apanga Gabonese defender dies of heart attack at trainingbullet
6 Abdullai Alhassan Meet the first Ghana Premier league owner...bullet
7 Courtesy Call Coach Kwesi Appiah meets President Akufo-Addobullet
8 English Championship Newcastle given ultimatum to sign...bullet
9 Ghana Premier League Bolga All Stars deny Hearts victory...bullet
10 Football Africa 10 tragic African football deaths on...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video Young Ghanaian Kingsley Sarfo scores Messi-like goalbullet
2 Video Watch how Atsu's goal qualified Newcastle for Premier Leaguebullet
3 Video Watch Richmond Boakye Yiadom's brace for Red Star Belgradebullet
4 Video Michael Essien's impressive display in Indonesia league debutbullet
5 Video Watch how WAFA beat Liberty to go seven winning streakbullet
6 Video Watch Essien's score for Persib Bandung in 2-2 away drawbullet
7 Video Essien scores on debut for Perisab Bandungbullet
8 Video Watch Kevin-Prince Boateng 10th goal for Las Palmasbullet
9 Video Cristiano Ronaldo’s son proves he’s a chip off the...bullet
10 Video Janet Amponsah qualifies for IAAF World Championshipbullet

Sports