Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Men's football
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Dates October 19–20 (quarterfinals)
October 22 (semifinals)
October 23 (bronze match)
October 24 (final)
Competitors 72 from 5 nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
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At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, Great Britain, an official football tournament between national representative selections was contested for the first time: football at the two previous games had been played between club teams. Eight teams entered (including two from France), although Hungary and Bohemia withdrew before the start. Denmark's Sophus "Krølben" Nielsen set a record by scoring 10 goals in a 17-1 win against France. Great Britain won the gold. Also representing the Danish team was the famous mathematician Harald Bohr.

Medal table[edit]

Position Country Gold Silver Bronze
1  Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 0
2  Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0
3  Netherlands (NED) 0 0 1
 France (FRA) 0 0 0
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 0

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's tournament Great Britain Denmark Netherlands

Squads[edit]

Final tournament[edit]

Results[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

19 October 1908
Netherlands  w/o Hungary

Hungary withdrew before the tournament started for financial reasons.
19 October 1908
Denmark  9–0 France France B
N. Middelboe Goal 10'49'
Wolfhagen Goal 15'17'67'72'
Bohr Goal 25'47'
S. Nielsen Goal 78'
White City
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Thomas Kyle (Great Britain)
20 October 1908
France A  w/o  Bohemia

Bohemia were forced to withdraw before the tournament started after losing their FIFA membership.
20 October 1908
Great Britain  12–1  Sweden
Stapley Goal 15'??'
Woodward Goal ??'??'
Berry Goal ??'
Chapman Goal ??'
Purnell Goal ??'??'??'??'
Hawkes Goal ??'??'
Bergström Goal 65'
White City
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Ibbotson (Great Britain)

Semi-finals[edit]

22 October 1908
Great Britain  4–0  Netherlands
Stapley Goal 37'60'64'75'
White City, London
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Howcroft (Great Britain)
22 October 1908
Denmark  17–1  France A
S.Nielsen Goal 3'4'6'39'46'48'52'64'66'76'
Lindgren Goal 18'37'
Wolfhagen Goal 60'72'82'89'
N.Middelboe Goal 68'
Sartorius Goal 16'
White City, London
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Campbell (Great Britain)

Bronze medal match[edit]

The French were so shocked by their humiliating 17-1 defeat against Denmark that they declined to play for the bronze medal; therefore, the Netherlands played Sweden for third place.[1]

23 October 1908
Netherlands  2–0[2]  Sweden
Reeman Goal 6'
Snethlage Goal 58'
White City, London
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Pearson (Great Britain).[3]

Gold medal match[edit]

24 October 1908
Great Britain  2–0  Denmark
Chapman Goal 20'
Woodward Goal 46'
White City, London
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Lewis (Great Britain)

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

11 goals
8 goals
6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Goalkeeping[edit]

Place Name Nation Goals allowed Games GAA
1 Horace Bailey Great Britain 1 3 0.33
2 Ludvig Drescher Denmark 3 3 1.00
3 Reinier Beeuwkes Netherlands 4 2 2.00
4 Oskar Bengtsson Sweden 14 2 7.00
5 Fernand Desrousseaux France 9 1 9.00
6 Maurice Tillette France 17 1 17.00

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ IFFHS
  2. ^ The official report states that the score was 2-1. http://www.la84foundation.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1908/1908.pdf "Holland and Sweden also played for the consolation stakes, and Holland scored two goals to one from Sweden, who were rather unlucky in not getting a second."
  3. ^ "Netherlands 2 Sweden 0 (Match summary)". www.footballdatabase.eu. 23 October 1908. Retrieved 5 May 2009. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°30′49″N 0°13′39″E / 51.5136°N 0.2274°E / 51.5136; 0.2274