Football at the Summer Olympics

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Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, has been included in every Summer Olympic Games except 1896 as a men's competition sport.

History[edit | edit source]

Netherlands success[edit | edit source]

Football wasn't included in the first Summer Olympics in Athens of 1896 where international football barely came out of the United Kingdom. The tournaments in 1900 and 1904 were only played with club teams with Upton Park F.C and Galt F.C winning the club competitions. But FIFA doesn't recognise these matches and isn't on the list of champions. The Netherlands took the first two official tournaments home after they won the gold medal in London and in Stockholm with both times being against Nordic opposition (Denmark in 1908 and Norway in 1912)

The 1920s and the battle between Italy and Uruguay[edit | edit source]

The 1920 edition of the tournament saw the first disqualification of a football tournament with Czechoslovakia walking off the field because of the bad refereeing from Charles Barette in the quarter-final against Norway as they quoted "they are easily favouring the Norwegians here and some of the simple decisions that we should have got instead of it being played on. This came in the 1920 edition where Belgium would take out the gold medal as the host nation after they defeated the Netherlands in the final.

Records[edit | edit source]

The first official football tournament was held in London, England, 1908.

Men's results[edit | edit source]

Year Host Final Third place
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
1908 United Kingdom
London

Netherlands
2 – 1
Denmark

Sweden

France
1912 Sweden
Stockholm

Netherlands
6 – 0
Norway

Denmark
3 – 0
Switzerland
1920 Belgium
Antwerp

Belgium
2 – 1
Netherlands

Sweden

Norway
1924 France
Paris

Uruguay
1 – 0
Italy

Irish Free State
2 – 0
Egypt
1928 Netherlands
Amsterdam

Italy
2 – 0
Uruguay

Netherlands
4 – 0
Portugal
1932 United States
Los Angeles

Argentina
4 – 1
United States

Brazil
3 – 0
Great Britain
1936 Germany
Hamburg

Italy
1 – 0
Hungary

Germany
3 – 1 (a.e.t)
Peru
1948 United Kingdom
London

Sweden
2 – 1
Yugoslavia

France
2 – 0
Egypt
1952 Finland
Helsinki

Soviet Union
2–1
Romania

West Germany
1 – 0
Sweden
1956 Argentina
Buenos Aires

Yugoslavia
3–1
Argentina

Bulgaria
2–0
Great Britain
1960 Italy
Rome

Hungary
2–1
Italy

Yugoslavia
3–0
Poland
1964 Australia
Melbourne

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All-time medal table[edit | edit source]

Medals table for football at the Summer Olympic Games

Updated after the 1960 Summer Olympics

Medal table[edit | edit source]

Italics indicates nations that no longer exist.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Italy2204
2 Netherlands2114
3 Yugoslavia1113
4 Argentina1102
 Hungary1102
 Uruguay1102
7 Sweden1023
8 Belgium1001
 Soviet Union1001
10 Denmark0112
11 Norway0101
 Romania0101
 United States0101
14 Germany0022
15 Brazil0011
 Bulgaria0011
 France0011
 Republic of Ireland0011
Totals (18 nations)11111133

External Links[edit | edit source]

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