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Harry Dénis

Full name: Henri Léonard Barthélémi "Harry" Dénis
Gender: Male
Born: August 28, 1896 in Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Died: July 13, 1971 in Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: HBS, Den Haag (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Football

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

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Biography

Harry Dénis first played football while growing up in the Dutch East Indies, and first joined a club upon his family’s return to the Netherlands. In 1911, he started playing for HBS in The Hague, for which he would play for 29 years. Playing as a right full-back, he soon became one of the country’s best defenders, and after World War I was first selected for the national team. Eventually gathering 56 caps from 1919-30, including 37 as captain, Dénis would play for the Dutch national team at the 1920, 1924 and 1928 Olympics, placing 3rd in 1920 and 4th in 1924. As one of the best known football players in the country and the captain of the national team, Dénis was selected to recite the athletes’ oath at the 1928 Amsterdam Games.

In domestic play, Dénis won the 1925 Dutch title, the only time HBS made it into the play-off pool for the Dutch championship during his time with the club. During World War II, Dénis briefly played for Be Quick, in Groningen, but no longer at the highest level. A civil engineer by education, Dénis had a successful business career, running an engineering and architecture firm in the 1930s, and later become director of a machine factory. In the 1950s, he also served as an advisor to the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) and later became an honorary member.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Football Men's Football Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Men's Football Netherlands NED 4
1928 Summer 31 Amsterdam Football Men's Football Netherlands NED 9T

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Football Netherlands NED Final Standings 3 1920-08-28 0 0 0
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Football Netherlands NED Second Place Tournament - Final Match 2/3 2 1920-09-05 ESP 3, NED 1 0
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Football Netherlands NED Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1920-08-31 BEL 3, NED 0 0
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Football Netherlands NED Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-29 NED 5, SWE 4 0
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Football Netherlands NED Round One Match #5 1 1920-08-28 NED 3, LUX 0 0
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Netherlands NED Final Standings 4 1924-05-25 0 0 0
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Netherlands NED Final Round Match 3/4 1T 1924-06-08 SWE 1, NED 1 0
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Netherlands NED Final Round Replay 3/4 2 1924-06-09 SWE 3, NED 1 0
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Netherlands NED Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1924-06-06 URU 2, NED 1 0
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Netherlands NED Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1924-06-02 NED 2, IRL 1 0
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Netherlands NED Round Two Match #1 1 1924-05-27 NED 6, ROU 0 0
1928 Summer 31 Amsterdam Football Netherlands NED Final Standings 9T 1928-05-27 0 0 0
1928 Summer 31 Amsterdam Football Netherlands NED Round One Match #8 2 1928-05-30 URU 2, NED 0 0
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