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Fuchs, Gottfried

Fuchs, a member of the German National team in the 1910s, scored a remarkable 10 goals in a game against Russia at the 1912 Olympics; it was a record in international play until April, 2000. 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 played in six international games for the German team between 1911-1913 and scored 14 goals in his career. 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

Career Highlights:
A club player for Karlsruher FV, Fuchs was one of two Jewish members of the German National team in the 1910s (the other was KFV teammate Julius Hirsch). In 1912, Germany participated in the Olympic Games in Stockholm and 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.

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 had tied the individual scoring record in international competitions with 10 goals. However, in the consolation semifinals Fuchs was held scoreless by Hungary in Germany's 3-1 defeat. The Germans officially finished seventh in the Olympic tournament, although Fuchs was the Games' leading scorer.


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