Fuchs, Gottfried : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Fuchs, Gottfried

Sport:
soccer

Country Represented:
Germany

Years Competed:
1912

Olympic Info:
In 1912, Fuchs was one of two Jewish players on the German Olympic soccer team -- the other was winger Julius Hirsch. During the tournament, Fuchs had one of the most remarkable games in soccer history. After a 5-1 first round loss to Austria, a game in which Fuchs did not play, Germany played Russia in the consolation bracket. The final score of the game was 16-0 and so angered Czar Nicholas II, that the Russian players had to pay their own way back to their country.

Fuchs, starting at center forward, scored only two minutes into the match and did not stop scoring until the 69th minute (he also scored in the 9th, 21st, 28th, 34th, 46th, 51st, 55th, and 65th minutes). At the end of the contest, Germany had rolled to a 16-0 victory and Fuchs tied the individual scoring record in international competitions with ten goals. Fuchs' success against Russia did not continue in the consolation semifinals. He was held scoreless by Hungary in Germany's 3-1 defeat. The Germans officially finished seventh in the Olympic tournament and Fuchs was the Games' leading scorer.

Career Highlights:
Fuchs played in six international games for the German team between 1911-1913 and scored 14 goals in his career. A club player for Karlsruher FV, Fuchs was one of two Jewish members on the German National team in the 1910s (the other was KFV teammate Julius Hirsch). In 1937, Fuchs fled Nazi Germany and settled in Montreal, Canada, where he lived until his death in 1972.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1889 - d. 1972

Origin:
Germany



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References:
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)


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