Jan van Breda Kolff (footballer)

Jan Gualtherus van Breda Kolff (18 January 1894 in Medan, Dutch East Indies – 6 February 1976 in West Chatham, Massachusetts, United States) was a Dutch amateur football player.

Jan van Breda Kolff
Jan van Breda Kolff-Olympics 1912
Personal information
Full name Jan Gualtherus van Breda Kolff
Date of birth (1894-01-18)18 January 1894
Place of birth Medan, Dutch East Indies
Date of death 6 February 1976(1976-02-06) (aged 82)
Place of death West Chatham, United States
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1910–1913 HVV Den Haag
National team
1911–1913 Netherlands 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Jan van Breda Kolff
Medal record
Men's Football
Representing the  Netherlands
Olympic Games
1912 Stockholm Team Competition

International career

Van Breda Kolff a made his debut in the Netherlands national football team as a player of HVV Den Haag on 2 April 1911 at the age of 17, and (as of 2014) he still holds the record as the youngest player to have ever played for "Oranje".[1] During his debut in a 3–1 win over Belgium he scored the second goal to give the Dutch a 2–0 lead.[2] This also by default made him the youngest goalscorer in the team's history. In total he played 11 international matches, including four games at the 1912 Summer Olympics where he captured the bronze medal in a 9–0 win over Finland.[3] The goal he scored in his international debut was the only goal he scored in his 11 caps.[4]

Personal life

Van Breda Kolff later had a career as a stockbroker in the United States. His son Butch van Breda Kolff and grandson Jan van Breda Kolff are notable American basketball coaches.

International statistics

1st team starts11Played minutes1020European Qualification0European Championships0
Wins7Team captain0World Cup Qualification0World Cup Championships0
Draws2Penalties0Sub in0Summer Olympics4
Losts2Own goals0Sub out0Friendly matches7
Goals1Yellow cards0Red cards0Mini World Cup0
Date Match Match Score Type GS in out Y R
2 April 1911 Netherlands Belgium3–1Friendly1XX00
10 March 1912 Belgium Netherlands1–2Friendly0XX00
16 March 1912 England Netherlands4–0Friendly0XX00
24 March 1912 Netherlands Germany5–5Friendly0XX00
28 April 1912 Netherlands Belgium4–3Friendly0XX00
29 June 1912 Sweden Netherlands3–41912 Summer Olympics0XX00
30 June 1912 Netherlands Austria3–11912 Summer Olympics0XX00
2 July 1912 Netherlands Denmark1–41912 Summer Olympics0XX00
4 July 1912 Netherlands Finland9–01912 Summer Olympics0XX00
17 November 1912 Germany Netherlands2–3Friendly0XX00
9 March 1913 Belgium Netherlands3–3Friendly0XX00


  1. Jongste debutanten, voetbalstats.nl
  2. Jan van Breda Kolff profile, voetbalstats.nl
  3. Intl career stats - Ons Oranje (in Dutch)
  4. Jan van Breda Kolff profile, rsssf.com
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