Harry Dénis

Henri ("Harry") Léonard Barthélémi Dénis (28 August 1896 13 July 1971) was a football defender from the Netherlands, who represented his home country at three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1920.[1]

Harry Dénis
Harry Dénis (1928)
Personal information
Full name Henri "Harry" Léonard Barthélémi Dénis
Date of birth (1896-08-28)28 August 1896
Place of birth The Hague, Netherlands
Date of death 13 July 1971(1971-07-13) (aged 74)
Place of death The Hague, Netherlands
Playing position Rightback
Youth career
1904–1907 DVV
1907–1911 HBS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19111934 HBS 298 (16)
National team
19191930 Netherlands 56 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Olympic medal record
Men's football
1920 Antwerp Team competition

Club career

Dénis started playing football with local side DVV and joined HBS aged 11. He would stay at the club for the rest of his career, winning the 1925 Netherlands Football League Championship with them.[2]

International career

At his Olympic debut in Antwerp, Belgium he won the bronze medal with the Netherlands national football team, followed by a fourth place four years later in Paris, France. Dénis obtained a total number of 56 caps for the Netherlands, in which he was captain in 37 matches.[3] He was one of the most prominent Dutch footballers in the 1920s. Dénis delivered the Olympic Oath during the opening ceremony of the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.[4]

Dénis held the Dutch caps record from 3 May 1925 (when he equaled the total of Bok de Korver) until 2 May 1937 (when his total was surpassed by Puck van Heel).[5]


  1. "Dutch Olympic Committee" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2007-07-10.
  2. Profile - Voetbal Legends (in Dutch)
  3. Intl career stats - EU Football (in Dutch)
  4. "IOC 1928 Summer Olympics".
  5. "Harry Dénis – International Appearances (RSSSF)".

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