Netherlands - Olympische Dag 1933-1958

After the problems in raising money for the participation of Dutch athletes at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles (the Dutch government refused to contribute and a special lottery did not succeed due to the economic crisis at the time), the N.O.C. (Dutch Olympic Committee) started to organise annual multi-sports events at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, on the initiative of N.O.C. board member Karel Lotsy, who remained responsible for the organisation of this event until the early fifties.
While in particular the athletics and gymnastics events were often of high quality, the main attraction of the day always was a football match, usually involving the Bondselftal as hosts. This Dutch representation sometimes corresponded closely to the full international side, but often was of an experimental nature. Thus, none of these matches are official internationals for the Netherlands, although the 1938 encounter against the Dutch East Indies was announced as such at the time (and was considered official by the N.I.V.U., the FA of the colony).
In 1937, the football match involved representative sides for Western and Central Europe, and its profits were shared between the N.O.C. and F.I.F.A. (which had commissioned its board member Lotsy to organise a fundraising match; Karel Lotsy was arguably the most influential Dutch sports functionary of all time, but his reputation was sullied by accusations of collaboration with Nazi Germany decades after his death; however, these accusations were convincingly refuted by Frank van Kolfschooten in his minutely researched biography [Kol 09]).
The event was discontinued in 1959, as the net profits had been of no consequence since 1952, partially due to the increasingly unattractive football matches. Between 1933 and 1958, the total revenue of the Olympic Days approached 800,000 guilders.
Ed.   Date       Hosts                       Guests

 1  25- 6-1933   Netherlands             6-5 Hungary XI
 2  17- 6-1934   Netherlands             1-5 AS Roma
 3  30- 6-1935   Netherlands             2-3 Hungary XI
 4   7- 6-1936   Netherlands             0-2 Sparta Praha
 5  20- 6-1937   Western Europe          1-3 Central Europe
 6  26- 6-1938   Netherlands             9-2 Dutch East Indies
 7  11- 6-1939   Netherlands             4-1 Yugoslavia XI
 -  23- 6-1940     cancelled due to World War II
 8  22- 6-1947   Netherlands             1-2 Czechoslovakia XI
 9  20- 6-1948   Netherlands             2-1 Great Britain (Olympic)
10  26- 6-1949   Netherlands             4-0 Switzerland B
11  18- 6-1950   Netherlands             8-1 København XI
12  17- 6-1951   Netherlands             2-1 Degerfors IF
13  22- 5-1952   Netherlands             3-2 Austria B
 -  10- 8-1952   Netherlands             1-1 Egypt
14  31- 5-1953   Netherlands             1-6 Bolton Wanderers
15  13- 6-1954   Netherlands             4-5 Atlético de Madrid
16  19- 6-1955   Netherlands             1-6 Botafogo FR
17  24- 6-1956   Netherlands             0-0 Milan AC
18  30- 6-1957   Netherlands             2-1 Schalke 04
19   8- 6-1958   Netherlands Over-30     2-4 Netherlands Under-25

NB: the match on August 10, 1952, was not part of the official series but organised on the
    occasion of the jubilees of the Olympic Stadium (25 years) and the N.O.C. (40 years).

Football Match Olympic Day 1933

Jun 25, 1933; Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Netherlands             6-5 Hungary XI
  [Van Run 34pen, Vente 43, 48, 51, Mulders 67, Wels 87; Sárosi 10, 84,
   Toldi 65, 75, N.N. 80;
   note that the 4th Hungarian goal resulted from a mêlée in front of goal in 
   which Sárosi, Toldi, Weber and Van Male were involved; it is unclear who last 
   touched the ball; M.T.I., the Hungarian news agency, credited the goal (as well
   as one of the two scored by Toldi) to Sárosi]
referee: Job Mutters; attendance: 30,000

  Adri van Male (Feijenoord); 
  Mauk Weber (A.G.O.V.V.), Sjef van Run (P.S.V.);
  Henk Pellikaan (L.O.N.G.A.), Wim Anderiesen (Ajax), Henk Breitner (A.D.O.)
  Frank Wels (Unitas), Leen Vente (Neptunus), Charles Lungen (A.F.C.), 
    Arend Schoemaker (Quick (Den Haag)), Henk Mulders (Ajax)
  reserves: K. Veenendaal (Naaldwijk), Miel Lelyveld (V.U.C.), Cees van Maren (A.D.O.),
            Piet van Reenen (Ajax)

Hungary XI:
  József Háda (Ferencváros);
  Lajos Kóranyi (Ferencváros), Sándor Biró (III. Kerületi);
  István Palotás (Bocskai), János Móré (Bocskai), Antal Lyka (Ferencváros);
  László Fenyvesi (III. Kerületi), András Simonyi (Atilla), György Sárosi (Ferencváros),
    Géza Toldi (Ferencváros), Sándor Hevesi (Bocskai)
  reserves: József Turay (Ferencváros), József Kármán (III. Kerületi); 
            Gyula Lázár (Ferencváros) and László Cseh (Hungária) had been announced
            for the starting line-up but were replaced by Lyka and Simonyi

Notes: during the first half Sárosi was replaced by a player not named in Dutch newspapers,
       but returned after half-time; suggests
       his temporary replacement was József Turay;
       among the above players, Simonyi, Hevesi and Kármán never played an official match 
       for Hungary but Simonyi earned four caps for France between 1942 and 1945 (as André);
       the Hungarian team represented PLASz, the organisation of professional players,
       rather than the MLSz (Hungarian FA); the same applies to the match on Jun 30, 1935.

Football Match Olympic Day 1934

Jun 17, 1934; Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Netherlands             1-5 AS Roma
  [Smit 23; Guaita 3, 66, Scopelli 16, 80, Costantino 62]
ref: Peco Bauwens (Germany)

  Leo Halle (Go Ahead); 
  Jan van Diepenbeek (Ajax), Sjef van Run (P.S.V.);
  Henk Pellikaan (L.O.N.G.A.), Wim Anderiesen (Ajax), Puck van Heel (Feijenoord);
  Frank Wels (Unitas), Leen Vente (Neptunus), Bep Bakhuys (Z.A.C.), 
    Kick Smit (Haarlem), Joop van Nellen (D.H.C.)
  reserves: K. Veenendaal (Naaldwijk), Frans Beekhuyzen (D.F.C.), Jan Graafland (H.B.S.),
            Slot (D.W.S.), Manus Vrauwdeunt (Feijenoord)

AS Roma:
  Guido Masetti;
  Andrea Gadaldi, Renato Bodini;
  Evaristo Frisoni, Ernesto Tomasi, Antonio Fusco;
  Raffaele Costantino, Alejandro Scopelli, Enrico Guaita, Franco Scaramelli, Arturo Chini

Football Match Olympic Day 1936

Jun 7, 1936; Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Netherlands             0-2 AC Sparta Praha
  [Pelcner 18, Rado 52]
ref: John Langenus (Belgium); attendance: 25,000

  Adri van Male (Feijenoord); 
  Bertus Caldenhove (D.W.S.), Henk Plenter (Be Quick (Groningen));
  Henk Pellikaan (L.O.N.G.A.), Pol den Hoed (M.V.V.), Puck van Heel (Feijenoord)
    [80 Bas Paauwe (Feijenoord)];
  Manus Vrauwdeunt (Feijenoord), Bep Bakhuys (H.B.S.) [30 Frank Wels (Unitas)],
    Charles Lungen (A.F.C.), Kick Smit (Haarlem), Joop van Nellen (D.H.C.)
  unused reserves: Leo Halle (Go Ahead), Sjef van Run (P.S.V.), Daaf Drok (R.F.C.)

AC Sparta Praha:
  Bohumil Klenovec;
  Josef Čtyřoký, Jaroslav Burgr;
  Erich Srbek, Jaroslav Bouček, Josef Košťálek;
  Ľudovít Rado [75 N.N.], Oldřich Nejedlý, Oldřich Zajíček, František Pelcner,
    Ferdinand Faczinek
  reserves included: Raymond Braine, Geyza Kalocsay (both had been announced
    for the starting line-up but were replaced by Pelcner and Rado)

Football Match Olympic Day 1937

Jun 20, 1937; Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Western Europe          1-3 Central Europe
  [Bakhuys 87; Sas 17, 48, Nejedlý 75]
referee: Arthur James Jewell (England); att: 50,000

Western Europe:
  Hans Jakob (Germany);
  Bob Paverick (Belgium) [65 Stan Joacim (Belgium)], Bertus Caldenhove (Netherlands);
  Albin Kitzinger (Germany), Ludwig Goldbrunner (Germany), Edmond Delfour (France);
  Ernst Lehner (Germany), Raymond Braine (Belgium), Bep Bakhuys (Netherlands),
    Kick Smit (Netherlands), Stan Vanden Eynde (Belgium);
  unused reserves: Leo Halle (Netherlands), Bas Paauwe (Netherlands),
                   Roger Courtois (France), Bernard Voorhoof (Belgium)

Central Europe:
  Aldo Olivieri (Italy);
  Willibald Schmaus (Austria) [36 Pietro Rava (Italy)], Karl Sesta (Austria);
  Gyula Lázár (Hungary), Michele Andreolo (Italy), Pietro Serantoni (Italy);
  Oldřich Nejedlý (Czechoslovakia), György Sárosi (Hungary), Silvio Piola (Italy),
    Giuseppe Meazza (Italy), Ferenc Sas (Hungary);
  unused reserves: Bohumil Klenovec (Czechoslovakia), László Cseh (Hungary),
                   Wilhelm Hahnemann (Austria)

Notes: Paverick was a late replacement for Paul Janes (Germany), whose mother died two
       days before the match.  Andreolo was born as Miguel Andreolo in Uruguay.  Hahnemann,
       Schmaus and Sesta would play a number of matches for Germany after the Anschluß;
       the capacity of the stadium had been increased from 33,000 to 58,000 just before 
       the match.  See also file on matches of supranational representative teams.

Football Match Olympic Day 1938

Jun 26, 1938; Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Netherlands             9-2 Dutch East Indies
  [Van Spaandonck 12, Linssen 13, Dumortier 15, 21, 23, 78,
   Dräger 46, 69, De Vroet 48; Taihitu 40, Pattiwael 45]
referee: Hans Boekman; linesmen: Twisterling, De Vries Foltynski; att: 50,000

  Adri van Male (Feijenoord); 
  Mauk Weber (A.D.O.), Bertus Caldenhove (D.W.S.);
  Bas Paauwe (Feijenoord), Wim Anderiesen (Ajax), Puck van Heel (Feijenoord);
  Guus Dräger (D.W.S.), Henk van Spaandonck (Neptunus), Piet Dumortier (D.O.S.),
    Arie de Vroet (Feijenoord), Jan Linssen (Feijenoord)

Dutch East Indies: 
  Bing Mo Heng (H.C.T.N.H. (Malang)); 
  Jack Samuels (Excelsior), F.G. Hukom (Sparta (Bandoeng)); 
  J. Anwar (Vios), Frans Meeng (S.V.B.B.), Achmad Nawir (H.B.S.); 
  M.J. Taihitu (S.V.J.A.), Isaac Pattiwael (S.V.J.A.), Herman Zomers (Hercules),
    Raden Soedarmadji (H.B.S.), The Hong Djien (Tiong Hoa);
  unused reserves: Leen van Beuzekom (Hercules), Jan Harting (H.B.S.),
    Gerrit Faulhaber (Go Ahead (Semarang)), G.J. van den Burgh (V.V.V.),
    Rudi Telwe (H.B.S.), Tan See Han (Gie Hoo)

Notes: this match was part of a tour of the Netherlands by the Dutch East Indies
       team around their 1938 World Cup participation;
       the team of the Dutch East Indies, playing in orange shirts (the hosts 
       played in white shirts on this occasion), was identical to their World Cup 
       team; the Dutch team had an experimental forward line, in which only
       Van Spaandonck had previously been capped; however, apart from Jan Linssen 
       all would earn official caps later.

Football Match Olympic Day 1939

Jun 11, 1939; Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Netherlands             4-1 Yugoslavia XI
  [Lenstra 3, Smit 8, Vente 32, De Harder 39; Perlić 26]
referee: Aad van Welzenes; att: 50,000

  Hennie Dijkstra (A.P.G.S.);
  Cor Wilders (Blauw Wit), Bertus Caldenhove (D.W.S.);
  Bob Stam (V.U.C.), Wim Anderiesen (Ajax), Bas Paauwe (Feijenoord);
  Guus Dräger (D.W.S.), Abe Lenstra (Heerenveen), Leen Vente (Feijenoord),
    Kick Smit (Haarlem), Bertus de Harder (V.U.C.)

Yugoslavia XI:
  Ljubomir Lovrić (Jugoslavija);
  Slobodan Anđelković (Jugoslavija), Zvonimir Požega (Vojvodina);
  Petar Manola (B.S.K.), Prvoslav Dragičević (B.S.K.), Gustav Lechner (B.S.K.);
  Svetislav Glišović (B.S.K.), Aleksandar Petrović (Jugoslavija), Manojlo Živković (Jedinstvo),
    Frane Matošić (Hajduk Split), Nikola Perlić (Jugoslavija);
  reserves: Srđan Mrkušić (B.S.K.), Ernest Dubac (B.S.K.), Bruno Knežević (B.S.K.),
            Dobrivoje Zečević (Jugoslavija)

Note: both teams closely resembled the full national teams (only Manojlo Živković would never
      gain an official cap) but the two associations agreed beforehand not to report the match
      as an official international to F.I.F.A.; because of this, Abe Lenstra made his official
      debut only 9 months and 20 days later, on Mar 31, 1940, but nevertheless managed the 
      longest ever national team career for a Dutch player (19 years and 19 days);
      A.P.G.S., the new club of 'keeper Dijkstra (who had played for Z.F.C. in the
      1938/39 season), had finished last in the third level Derde Klasse B in the 
      district West I and were relegated to the fourth level in post-season playoffs
      (relegation effective for 1940/41 as no official league was played in 1939/40).

Football Match Olympic Day 1948

Jun 20, 1948; Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Netherlands             2-1 Great Britain (Olympic)
  [Van der Tuyn 12, Roosenburg 82; Joseph 38]
referee: Karel van der Meer; att: 63,000

  Wim Landman (Neptunus);
  Sjaak Alberts (Vitesse), Jeu van Bun (M.V.V.);
  Arie de Vroet (Feijenoord) [46 Faas Wilkes (Xerxes)], Rinus Terlouw (D.C.V.),
    Jos Beenhakkers (N.A.C.);
  Mick Clavan (A.D.O.), Rinus Schaap ('t Gooi), André Roosenburg (Neptunia),
    Kees Rijvers (N.A.C.), Cock van der Tuyn (Hermes D.V.S.);
  unused reserves: Piet Kraak (Stormvogels), Henk Schijvenaar (E.D.O.), Jo Mulders (P.S.V.)

Great Britain:
  Kevin McAlinden (Coleraine, Northern Ireland);
  Gwyn Manning (Troedyrhiw, Wales), Charles "Jack" Neale (Walton & Hersham, England);
  Eric Fright (Bromley, England), Eric George Lee (Chester, England),
    John "Bob" Hardisty (Bishop Auckland, England);
  Leon Joseph (Leytonstone, England), John "Jack" Rawlings (Enfield, England),
    George Brown (Bromley, England), John Farquhar (Queen's Park, Scotland),
    John Boyd (Queen's Park, Scotland);
  unused reserves: David Letham (Queen's Park, Scotland),
    Dennis Kelleher (Barnet (England), Northern Ireland);
  coach: Matt Busby (Manchester United (England), Scotland)

Note: the capacity of the stadium had been increased to 65,000 in the spring of 1948.

About this document

Sources: [Kol 09], various Dutch newspapers available through Delpher

Thanks to Neil Morrison and several contributors to the RoonBa forum for additional information

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Author: Karel Stokkermans
Last updated: 25 May 2023

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