Military Games held in Paris, June 22 to July 6, 1919, after World War I. The USA team was selected from among the participants in the American Expeditionary Forces Championship held May 12-15. Football Tournament Played in Pershing Stadium, Paris Group A 24- 6 France 4-0 Romania 25- 6 Italy 9-0 Greece 26- 6 Italy 7-1 Romania 26- 6 France 11-0 Greece 28- 6 Greece 3-2 Romania 28- 6 France 2-0 Italy 1.FRANCE 3 3 0 0 17- 0 6 2.Italy 3 2 0 1 16- 3 4 3.Greece 3 1 0 2 3-22 2 4.Romania 3 0 0 3 3-14 0 Group B 24- 6 Czechoslovakia 4-1 Belgium 25- 6 USA 5-4 Canada 26- 6 Czechoslovakia 8-2 USA 26- 6 Belgium 5-2 Canada 28- 6 Czechoslovakia 3-2 Canada 28- 6 Belgium 7-0 USA 1.CZECHOSLOVAKIA 3 3 0 0 15- 5 6 2.Belgium 3 2 0 1 13- 6 4 3.USA 3 1 0 2 7-19 2 4.Canada 3 0 0 3 8-13 0 Final 29- 6 Czechoslovakia 3-2 France NB: the game between Czechoslovakia and France, which decided the championship, was played Sunday 29 June before a crowd that packed the big stadium. There were no more ardent fans present than the American soldiers and at the conclusion of the game they carried Janda, the hard playing Czechoslovak forward, from the field on their shoulders. Janda, by his aggressiveness and good sportsmanship, became one of the most popular players of the tournament. The final score was 3 to 2 goals. France led 2-1 at half-time and maintained that lead until the game's eleventh hour. A shift in the regular Czechoslovak lineup had put Janda in the backfield with a new man, Gerveny, in his place on the forward line. The second half saw Janda back in his regular position at inside right and from then on the team hit its stride. France hotly contested the Czechoslovak bid for supremacy. The addition of the Gastiger brothers, Langenove, Devic and Deydier had greatly strengthened the team's lineup. Chayrigues, in the French goal, put up a spectacular game and electrified the stands with his brilliant stops. The contest developed into a battle between the Czechoslovak forward line and the French defense. Chayrigues' phenomenal play and the long kicks of Gueblin, the husky French back, all but defeated the brilliant attack of the skilful Czechoslovak forward line. Besides the wonderful work of Janda, the shifty playing of Pilat at center was a big factor in giving the victory to Czechoslovakia. The Czechoslovak team was schooled for several years by "Johnnie" Madden, the Scotch international player. With his corn-cob pipe in his mouth, "Johnnie" watched his charges from the sidelines throughout the series. No one followed the play with keener or more critical eye than he. Nor did any receive the victory in the final game more joyfully than the little Scotchman. The lineup of the Czecho-Slovak team was as follows: Peyr, goal; Pospisil, left fullback; Hojer, right fullback; Pesek, left halfback; Fivebr, center halfback; Loos, right halfback; Prosek, outside left; Vanik, inside left; Pilat, center; Janda, inside right; Sedlacek, outside right. In the final game Klapka played goal in place of Peyr, Janda and Cerveny played at right fullback in place of Hojer, Vlk played right half back in place of Loos.
Source: "The Inter-Allied Games 1919", Albert R.Mann (book)
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