|An 18-member team was selected for
Helsinki, comprising 2 goalkeepers, 3 backs, 5 halves and 8 forwards. The team acclimatised
in Copenhagen before reaching Helsinki.
En route to the final, India beat Austria 4-0 and Britain 3-1. In the final, India retained
the gold in style, whipping Holland 6-1. Balbir Singh Sr. scored 5 of India's 6 goals in the
final (including a hat-trick), and 9 of India's 13 goals in the tournament.
The victorious team got 48 hours in Copenhagen to relax and enjoy, before going on a
goodwill tour of Europe, playing exhibition matches in Copehagen, Frankfurt and Berlin. The
stadium in Berlin seemed to resonate with memories of that great Indian side that beat
Germany 8-1 in the final of the 1936 Olympics.
This photograph was taken outside the Casino Hotel in Berlin. Balbir Singh Sr. is seated
in the front row (left).