Fritz Förderer- Germany's first penalty taker
Twenty year old Friz Förderer of Karlsruher FV was the player called upon to take Germany's first ever penalty in international football.
'Frieder' had scored in Germany's first official international game on 5th April 1908, a solo goal in which he beat several opponents. Germany, however, lost 5-3 to Switzerland.
On 20th April 1908 an Amateur XI representing the Football Association played an 'All Germany' team in Berlin. The match attracted about 6,000 spectators.
In the 20th minute, with England leading through a Harold Stapley goal, the referee Herr Paul Neumann (of Germany) awarded a penalty to the hosts.
Contemporary press reports suggest there was something dubious about the penalty, although the interpretation of certain laws was different on the continent (and remained so). The Glasgow Herald states that the penalty was 'apparently' awarded against one of the backs for charging a player who was attempting to shoot. Skipper Arthur Hiller called on Förderer, who beat Ernest Proud from the 11 metre mark. Germany were level for 5 minutes and England went on to win 5-1.
Förderer's international appearances were sporadic over the next few years. In his 4th match against Switzerland in March 1911 Germany were again awarded a spot kick, but on this occasion skipper Max Breunig elected to take it himself (and scored)- Förderer did, however, score 2 in a 6-2 victory.
In all Förderer played 11 internationals (1908-1913) scoring 10 goals, including 4 in the 16-0 win over Russia at the 1912 Olympics in which his club mate Gottfried Fuchs got 10.