Este Blog, organizado por Carlos F.Ramírez y su hijo Luis Ramírez Ruiz, pretende acercar las plumas expertas de miembros del IFFHS con los aficionados de toda Hispanoamérica.
Carlos F.Ramírez es miembro para la Concacaf de la IFFHS y decano de los periodistas de México, con más de 13 Copas del Mundo presenciadas y 6 libros publicados sobre diferentes tópicos del futbol nacional e internacional.
viernes, 31 de enero de 2014
HOW AND WHY USA BECAME
“PIONEERS” IN OLYMPIC SOCCER
The first time that “football soccer” was part
of the Olympic Games,was 1900 during
theSecond Games of Paris.However these Games were downgraded as part of the “Universal Exposition
during 1900.It included all sorts of
cultural and sport manifestations, and was basically a Government organized
event where the Olympic Games were invited as part of a long program of
different commercial, cultural and athletic events.
there was no official Olympic football tournament, although some sources keep
reporting it as part of the Olympic program.In reality, there were no national teams but a combination of Great Britain, France and Belgium
players.Two games were played, first France defeated
7-4 a combination of France-Belgium players; and then the French team was
defeated 4-0 by the “British Club”. Hardly
Something similar occurred in 1904 Games.They were part of the St. LouisMissouri
exposition, a cultural and commercial fair, that accepted to include a “soccer
football” tournament betweenthreecollegial teams: “Gait Football Club” of Canada; , ChristianBrothersCollege”
and “St. Rose Parish School” of the USA.
Canadians won 7-0 and 4-0; and “Christian Brothers” defeated “St. Rose Parish
School” 2-0.The Canadians had Britain origin
players, like Ernest Linton (goalkeeper), Robert Lane (Midfielder); and the
forwards Alexander Hall and Gordon McDonald, all of them had British leagues
was mainly an European game, thus only European teams participated in the next
four Games (1908-1920).But in the 1924
Paris Olympics, before the first World Cup of 1930 in Montevideo (that would be won by Uruguay), it was the
Uruguayan team that won the Olympic tournament surprising everybody by winning its five matches, scoring 20 goals and
accepting only 2.
that time, the Europeans kept sending amateur players to the Olympics; some of the Uruguayan players were called “semi
professionals”.But they were so good
that amazed the world of football by the way they won the 1924 Paris Olympic gold medal.And more so, winning again the 1928 Gold
medal, now defeating Argentina in the Final at the Amsterdam Olympics.
can understand the confusion when Uruguay organized and won two years
after (1930) the first FIFA World Cup championship in Montevideo, Uruguay,
once more against Argentina
in the Final.The 1930 FIFA tournament was
practically non-amateur, since all participating teams had either professionals
or “semi professionals” players.
Undoubtedly this was the
first serious open complication between the difference between professionals or
amateurs in world sports.Specially
complicated was for the Olympics to define the difference between “amateurs”
and “professionals”.During more than
three decades this created a confrontation between IOC (International Olympic
Committee) and FIFA. It would finally be “solved” somehow…in 1964.