International Labour Tournaments (Paris) 1928-1938


On four occasions, international tournaments involving workers/labourers national teams were played in Paris between 1928 and 1938.

Palmares

1928 England
1934 Soviet Union
1937 Soviet Union (Spartak Moskva)
1938 Soviet Union (Torpedo Moskva)

Pre-olympic Tournament 1928

NB: France B replaced Russia after the French embassy in Moscow denied
    the Russian players visa to enter France.

Semifinals [Apr 8, stade Pershing, Paris; att: 20,000]
France B       2-2 England        [HT: 1-0]  [England progressed to final]
France A       1-2 Germany        [HT: 1-0]

Third Place Match [Apr 9, stade Pershing, Paris; att: 10,000]
France A       3-1 France B       [HT: 2-1]

Final [Apr 9, stade Pershing, Paris; att: 10,000]
England        4-1 Germany        [HT: 3-1]

Workers World Cup 1934

NB: originally, 12 teams were to enter;
    known as Rassemblement des sportifs contre le fascisme et la guerre impérialiste,
    this tournament replaced the 1934 Spartakiad originally planned in Moscow.

Originally drawn groups:

Pool A (stade Pershing, Paris)
   Soviet Union
   Switzerland
   United States
Pool B (stade de l'Unité, Saint-Denis)
   England
   Sweden
   Alsace
Pool C (stade municipal, Ivry)
   Norway
   Netherlands
   France
Pool D (stade municipal, Clichy)
   Spain
   Czechoslovakia
   Saar

After the four teams in italics withdrew, the tournament was played
as a straight knockout event.  The players of the Netherlands were
denied entrance to France and had to withdrew on Aug 10.

Quarterfinals [Aug 11]
Spain          3-1 Czechoslovakia [HT: 1-0]  [at Clichy]
Norway         w/o Netherlands               [at Ivry]
Soviet Union  11-0 Switzerland    [HT: 4-0]  [at stade Pershing; att: 5,000]
France         0-6 Alsace         [HT: 0-3]  [at Saint-Denis; att: 500]

Semifinals [both at stade Pershing]
[Aug 12]
Norway        13-0 Spain          [HT: 6-0]  [att: 20,000]
[Aug 13]
Alsace        0-15 Soviet Union  

Friendly [Aug 13, Ivry; att: 300]
Switzerland    4-3 Saar           [HT: 3-1]

Final [Aug 14, stade Buffalo, Montrouge; att: 25,000]
Soviet Union   3-0 Norway         [HT: 2-0]

Labours World Cup 1937

NB: played directly after the Labour Olympiad in Antwerpen; all four entrants
    had played there as well, with the Soviet Union represented by Spartak Moskva 
    and Spain by the republican side which had its stronghold in Catalonia.
    The tournament was set up in cooperation with the 1937 World Expo.

Semifinals
[Aug 4, stade Buffalo, Montrouge; att: 5,000]
Soviet Union   4-0 England        [HT: 1-0]
[Aug 5, stade La Cipale, Vincennes; att: 7,500]
Spain          3-2 Switzerland    [HT: 2-0]

Friendly [Aug 5, stade La Cipale, Vincennes; att: 7,500]
France        0-12 Palestine      [HT: 0-4]

Final [Aug 8, stade Olympique, Colombes; att: 9,000]
Soviet Union   2-0 Spain          [HT: 1-0]

30th Anniversary FSGT 1938

NB: the Fédération sportive et gymnique du travail (FSGT) was formed in 1934
    when the Fédération sportive du travail (FST), founded in 1908, merged
    with the Union des sociétés sportives et gymniques du travail (USSGT),
    which had been formed as a split-off from the FST in 1921;
    the Soviet Union were represented by Torpedo Moskva;
    Czechoslovakia were a selection from the Sudetenland.

Semifinals
[Aug 23, Courbevoie]
France         1-5 Norway         [HT: 0-2]
[Aug 24, stade Buffalo, Montrouge]
Soviet Union   3-0 Czechoslovakia 

Third Place Match [Aug 26, stade Pershing, Paris; att: 15,000]
France         4-2 Czechoslovakia [HT: 1-1]

Fina [Aug 26, stade Pershing, Paris; att: 15,000]
Soviet Union   6-0 Norway         [HT: 2-0]

Labour International Matches Index

Labour Olympiads 1925-1937


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