Referee Christiaan Groothoff bio

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Born
1878-09-11
Intl. since
0000-01-01
Hometown
Woudrichem
Country
Netherlands
Speaks
Occupation
writer / journalist
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1912

2012-01-13

Born in the town of Zaltbommel, son of a baker, Christiaan Groothoff (1878-1954) moved to Amsterdam to get an education. It was in the park (now called the Vondelpark) that he started playing football with friends. They formed teams by the way they held their caps on their heads. From these park teams famous ones were formed like Ajax and AFC.

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As a referee Christiaan Groothoff must have had his best year in 1912. He took charge of the gold medal match of the Olympic Games - then considered the most important tournament in the world (there was no World Cup yet and almost all players were amateur, but there was no age limit.
And there was the match in the consolation round between Germany and Tsarist Russia, won by the Germans with 16 - 0 with a staggering 10 goals by Gottfried Fuchs.

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Groothoff's first match as a referee was in 1898, his last was in 1945, a career of 47 years.
But there were only 15 national team matches, for instance : England - France and Austria - England in 1908; England - Belgium and England - Denmark in 1911; Hungary - Austria in 1914, just before the war broke out.

(source : Ton Lensvelt)

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