For the Paris Olympics, four football matches, all involving a French team, were originally scheduled:
16th September 1900 France vs Switzerland 23rd September 1900 France vs Belgium 30th September 1900 France vs Germany 7th October 1900 France vs England
As Switzerland and Germany eventually did not send a team, the match involving France and England was moved forward to 20th September.
France's representatives were determined by the USFSA, which elected the Parisian champions Club Français. For Belgium, the 1899/00 national champions, Racing Club de Bruxelles, were invited, but they declined. Eventually the Belgian federation sent a student selection, enforced with a few non-students, and comprising two non-Belgian nationals; all players were active at Belgian clubs, such as Léopold Club, Racing Club, Skill Club (all three from Brussels), FC Liégeois, SC Louvain and Spa FC. For England, Upton Park FC played.
Both matches were part of the official Olympic programme, which was a haphazard affair, as the entire Olympics suffered from being a mere sideshow to the World Exhibition in Paris that year. No medals were awarded (this habit, in its current form, was started in 1906 only), and the two matches together were never intended as a proper tournament (if one would like to consider them, anachronistically, for any medal count, they should be counted as separate events).
Paris, 20th September, 1900 Club Français Paris 0-4 (0-2) Upton Park FC Club Français Paris (France): Lucien Huteau - Louis Bach, Pierre Allemane - Virgile Gaillard, Alfred Bloch, Maurice Macaire - Eugène Fraysse (capt.), René Garnier, Lambert, R. Grandjean, Fernand Canelle Upton Park FC (Great Britain): J.H. Jones - Claude Buckingham, William Gosling - Alfred Chalk, J.E. Barridge, William Quash - Arthur Turner, F.G. Spackman, J. Nicholas, James Zealey, A. Haslam (capt.) Referee: Maignard (France) Attendance: 500, Vélodrome Municipal de Vincennes Scorers: J. Nicholas 2; Arthur Turner; James Zealey Paris, 23rd September, 1900 Club Français Paris 6-2 (1-2) Student XI Club Français Paris (France): Lucien Huteau - Louis Bach, Pierre Allemane - Virgile Gaillard, Alfred Bloch, Maurice Macaire - Duparc, René Garnier (capt.), Gaston Peltier, Lambert, Fernand Canelle Student XI (Belgium): Marcel Leboutte - René Kelecom, Ernest Moreau de Melen - Alphonse Renier, Gustave Pelgrims (capt.), Eugène Neefs - Eric Thornton, Hendrik van Heukelum, Hilaire Spanoghe, Albert Delbecque, Lucien Londot NB: Hendrik van Heukelum was a Dutch national resident in Brussels; Eric Thornton was an English national resident in Brussels, Referee: Jack Wood (England) Attendance: 1,500, Vélodrome Municipal de Vincennes Scorers: 1' Gaston Peltier 1-0; Hilaire Spanoghe 1-1; Hendrik van Heukelum 1-2; 2-2; 3-2; 4-2; 5-2; 6-2
Sources include: [BuL], [iff]
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