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Bok de Korver

Full name: Johannes Marius "Bok" de Korver
Gender: Male
Born: January 27, 1883 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Died: October 22, 1957 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: Sparta, Rotterdam (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Football

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Bok de Korver was the best known and most popular player of his era in the Netherlands. He played for the Rotterdam club of Sparta, with which he won six national championships between 1909 and 1915. He played in the very first Dutch national team match on 30 April 1905 against Belgium, and would eventually win 31 caps. In 1908 and 1912 he played on the Dutch teams that won the bronze medals in the Olympic football competitions, but his largest national team success was undoubtely in 1913. The Dutch team beat England 2-1, the country's first victory over the "inventors of the game". However, the English were an amateur side and their loss made little if any impact back home.

De Korver himself was an amateur too, and he considered training to be an unfair advantage over other players, so he never trained. This cost him a spot on the national team for two years, as he refused to show up for the team's training. However, due his immense popularity and his undoubtable playing qualities he was eventually admitted back on the team. Fair play was important for De Korver, who supposedly never made a foul during his playing career. Such was his fame that a club in rival city Amsterdam was named after him: BDK.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 25 London Football Men's Football Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Football Men's Football Netherlands NED 3 Bronze

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1908 Summer 25 London Football Netherlands NED Final Standings 3 1908-10-19 0 0 0
1908 Summer 25 London Football Netherlands NED Final Round Match 3/4 1 1908-10-23 NED 2, SWE 0 0
1908 Summer 25 London Football Netherlands NED Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1908-10-22 GBR 4, NED 0 0
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Football Netherlands NED Final Standings 3 1912-06-29 0 0 0
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Football Netherlands NED Round One Match #3 1 1912-06-29 NED 4, SWE 3 0