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Buchwald, Charles

Charles von Buchwald

Buchwald was a member of the Danish National team in the late 1900s and the early 1910s. He appeared in the first seven international matches in Denmark's soccer history, including the 1908 and 1912 Olympics and friendlies against England in 1910 and 1911.

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Career Highlights:
A member of the club team Academicals in Denmark, Buchwald participated in two Olympiads as a defender on the National soccer team. At the 1908 Games, the first official Olympic soccer competition, Charles started every game and the Danes won the silver medal; one of Buchwald's teammates on the 1908 Olympic team was midfielder Harald Bohr. In the quarterfinals, Denmark defeated the French "B" team 9-0 (France sent two soccer teams to the Olympics). In the semifinals, the powerful Danish team defeated the French "A" team, 17-1. It was the largest differential in international play until Iran defeated Maldives, 17-0, in a 1997 World Cup qualifier. In the Olympic final, the Danes lost (2-0) to Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland all participated together at the Games) although Denmark outplayed their opponents and, "displayed the greatest vigour and determination."

At the 1912 Olympics, Buchwald again played in every game for the powerful Danish team, which won the silver medal for the second consecutive Games. After receiving a bye in the preliminary round, Denmark defeated Norway (7-0) in the quarterfinals, Holland (4-1) in the semifinals, then lost to Great Britain (4-2) in the gold medal match. In the final game, after heading the ball, Buchwald injured his elbow or hand (sources differ) in the 30th minute and left the field. According to the rules of the tournament, Denmark was not allowed to field a new player.


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