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Jan van Breda Kolff

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJan Gualtherus•van Breda Kolff
Used nameJan•van Breda Kolff
Born8 January 1894 in Medan (INA)
Died6 February 1976 in West Chatham, Massachusetts (USA)
AffiliationsHVV, Den Haag (NED)
NOC Netherlands


Van Breda Kolff remains the youngest person to play on the Dutch national football team, making his debut at age 17 in a match versus Belgium in 1911. He scored in that match as well, although it would turn out to be his only international goal in 11 matches. He emigrated to the United States after the First World War, and became a banker. His son, Butch van Breda Kolff (VBK), played in the NBA and became a well-known basketball coach, both in college and the NBA.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Football (Football) NED Jan van Breda Kolff
Football, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 3 Bronze