Football at the 1948 Summer Olympics

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Football at the 1948 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host country Great Britain
Dates July 26-August 13
Teams 18 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) 13 (in 13 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Sweden (1st title)
Runners-up  Yugoslavia
Third place  Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches played 18
Goals scored 102 (5.67 per match)
Top scorer(s) Sweden Gunnar Nordahl
Denmark John Hansen (7 goals)
1936
1952

The 1948 Olympic Games title was won by Sweden, managed by Englishman George Raynor.

Summary[edit]

Sweden, whose Football Association forbade professionalism within domestic football, ran out as winners and only used 12 players throughout the entire tournament.

Squads[edit]

Final tournament[edit]

12-panel brown leather football on a plinth of hardwood, with a brass panel inscribed with the names of the victorious team members, photographed through the glass of a display case
The final match ball

This began on 26 July 1948 with a preliminary round of two matches: Luxembourg defeating Afghanistan 6-0 and the Netherlands beating Ireland 3-1, with Faas Wilkes scoring two goals for the Dutch. In the first round, which began five days later, the Netherlands played Great Britain at Highbury, Britain prevailing 4-3 after extra time. In goal for Britain was Ronnie Simpson, who would go on to become the oldest Scottish international debutant in history and one of the Lisbon Lions.

Yugoslavia (victors over Luxembourg) and Sweden (3-0 winners against Austria) also went through. France did well to eliminate India, most of whose players ignored the need to wear boots.

Sweden's play at White Hart Lane attracted much attention even then. Their forward line contained three exceptional players; one of them Gunnar Gren scored a brace in an easy win. There were two goals, as well, for future FIFA World Cup star Zeljko Cajkovski in Yugoslavia's 6-1 rout of Luxembourg, although they were behind at half-time. There were future World Cup stars also on parade in Korea's 5-3 defeat of Mexico and the United States's 9-0 defeat at the hands of Italy. Walter Bahr, Ed Souza, Charlie Colombo and John Souza would, later, find some sort of fame as members of the American team that would beat England at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.

In the quarter-finals, Sweden flourished against the Koreans and were similarly dominant against the Danes in the semi-final. Late in the game when Denmark were chasing an equaliser with the score 3-2 to Sweden, Gunnar Nordahl, who had strayed too far forward, raced into the Danish goal when the Swedes counter-attacked their opponent's goal, catching Henry Carlsson's winning goal before it reached the net. In the second semi-final Britain played Yugoslavia at Wembley Stadium going out by 3 goals to 1.

3-1 was also the score in the final, Gunnar Nordahl and Gunnar Gren's goals proving too much for the Yugoslavians.

Preliminary round[edit]

26 July 1948
18:00
Luxembourg  6–0  Afghanistan
Gales Goal Goal
Schammel Goal
Kettel Goal
Paulus Goal Goal
Report
Goldstone Ground, Brighton

Referee: A.C. Williams (GBR)

Attendance: 5.000

26 July 1948
18:00
Netherlands  3–1  Republic of Ireland
Wilkes Goal 1' Goal 74'
Roosenburg Goal 11'
Report O'Kelly Goal 52'
Fratton Park, Portsmouth

Referee: George Reader (GBR)

Attendance: 8.000

First round[edit]

31 July 1948
18:30
Yugoslavia  6–1  Luxembourg
Stanković Goal 57'
Mihajlović Goal 61'
Željko Čajkovski Goal 65' Goal 70'
Mitić Goal 74'
Bobek Goal 87'
Report Schammel Goal 10'
Craven Cottage, Fulham

Referee: Karel van der Meer (NED)

Attendance: 7.000

31 July 1948
18:30
Denmark  3–1 (a.e.t.)  Egypt
K. Hansen Goal 82' Goal 95'
Pløger Goal 119' (p.k.)
Report El Guindy Goal 83'
Selhurst Park, South Norwood

Referee: Stanley Boardman (GBR)

Attendance: 12.000

31 July 1948
18:30
Great Britain  4–3 (a.e.t.)  Netherlands
McBain Goal 22'
Hardisty Goal 58'
Kelleher Goal 77'
McIlvenny Goal 111'
Report Appel Goal 20' Goal 63'
Wilkes Goal 81'
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury

Referee: Vald Laursen (DEN)

Attendance: 21.000

31 July 1948
18:30
France  2–1  India
Courbin Goal 30'
Persillon Goal 89'
Report Raman Goal 70'
Lynn Road Stadium, Ilford

Referee: Gunnar Dahlner (SWE)

Attendance:17.000

2 August 1948
18:30
Turkey  4–0  Republic of China
Kılıç Goal 18' Goal 61'
Saygun Goal 72'
Küçükandonyadis Goal 87'
Report
Green Pond Road, Walthamstow

Referee: Johann Beck (AUT)

Attendance: 3.000

2 August 1948
18:30
Sweden  3–0  Austria
G. Nordahl Goal 2' Goal 10'
Rosen Goal 71'
Report
White Hart Lane, Tottenham

Referee: William Ling (GBR)

Attendance: 9.514

2 August 1948
18:30
South Korea  5–3  Mexico
Choi Song-Gon Goal 13'
Bai Chon-Go Goal 30'
Chung Kook-Chin Goal 63' Goal 66'
Chung Nam-Sik Goal 87'
Report Cárdenas Goal 23'
Figueroa Goal 85'
Ruiz Goal 89'
Champion Hill, Dulwich

Referee: Leo Lemesic (YUG)

Attendance: 6.500

2 August 1948
18:30
Italy  9–0  United States
Pernigo Goal 2' Goal 57' Goal 88' Goal 90'
Stellin Goal 25' (p.k.)
Turconi Goal 46'
Cavigioli Goal 72' Goal 87'
Caprile Goal 90'
Report
Griffin Park, Brentford

Referee: Charles de la Salle (FRA)

Attendance: 20.000

Quarter-finals[edit]

5 August 1948
18:30
Yugoslavia  3–1  Turkey
Željko Čajkovski Goal 21'
Bobek Goal 60'
Wölfl Goal 80'
Report Gulesin Goal 33'
Lynn Road Stadium, Ilford

Referee: Victor Sdez (FRA)

Attendance: 8.000

5 August 1948
18:30
Sweden  12–0  South Korea
Liedholm Goal 11' Goal 62'
G. Nordahl Goal 25' Goal 40' Goal 78' Goal 80'
Gren Goal 27'
Carlsson Goal 61' Goal 64' Goal 82'
Rosén Goal 72' Goal 85'
Report
Selhurst Park, South Norwood

Referee: Giuseppe Carpani (ITA)

Attendance: 7.110

5 August 1948
18:30
Great Britain  1–0  France
Hardisty Goal 29' Report
Craven Cottage, Fulham

Referee: Karel van der Meer (NED)

Attendance: 25.000

5 August 1948
18:30
Denmark  5–3  Italy
John Hansen Goal 30' Goal 53' Goal 74' Goal 82'
Pløger Goal 84'
Report Cavigioli Goal 49'
Caprile Goal 67'
Pernigo Goal 81'
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury

Referee: William Ling (GBR)

Attendance: 25.000

Semi-finals[edit]

10 August 1948
18:30
Sweden  4–2  Denmark
Carlsson Goal 18' Goal 42'
Rosén Goal 31' Goal 37'
Report Seebach Goal 3'
John Hansen Goal 77'
Empire Stadium, Wembley

Referee: Stanley Boardman (GBR)

Attendance: 20.000

11 August 1948
18:30
Great Britain  1–3  Yugoslavia
Donovan Goal 20' Report Bobek Goal 19'
Wölfl Goal 24'
Mitić Goal 48'
Empire Stadium, Wembley

Referee: Karel van der Meer (NED)

Attendance: 40.000

Bronze medal match[edit]

13 August 1948
14:00
Great Britain  3–5  Denmark
Aitken Goal 5'
Hardisty Goal 33'
Amor Goal 63' (p.k.)
Report Præst Goal 12' Goal 49'
John Hansen Goal 16' Goal 77'
J. Sørensen Goal 41'
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Karel van der Meer (NED)

Gold medal match[edit]

13 August 1948
18:30
Sweden  3–1  Yugoslavia
Gren Goal 24' Goal 67' (p.k.)
G. Nordahl Goal 48'
Report Bobek Goal 42'
Empire Stadium, Wembley

Referee: William Ling (GBR)

Attendance: 60.000

Bracket[edit]

  Preliminary Round First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                               
   
   
    Yugoslavia 6  
      Luxembourg 1  
  Luxembourg 6
  Afghanistan 0  
    Yugoslavia 3  
    Turkey 1  
   
   
    Turkey 4
      China PR 0  
 
   
    Yugoslavia 5  
    Great Britain 3  
   
   
    Great Britain (AET) 4
      Netherlands 3  
  Netherlands 3
  Republic of Ireland 1  
    Great Britain 1
    France 0  
   
   
    France 2
      India 1  
 
   
  Yugoslavia 1
  Sweden 3
   
   
    Sweden 3  
      Austria 0  
 
   
    Sweden 12  
    South Korea 0  
   
   
    South Korea 5
      Mexico 3  
 
   
    Sweden 4
    Denmark 2  
   
   
    Denmark (AET) 3
      Egypt 2  
 
   
    Denmark 5       
    Italy 3         
   
   
    Italy 9
      United States 0  
 
   

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Sweden  Yugoslavia  Denmark
Torsten Lindberg
Karl Svensson
Knut Nordahl
Erik Nilsson
Birger Rosengren
Bertil Nordahl
Sune Andersson
Gunnar Gren
Gunnar Nordahl
Henry Carlsson
Nils Liedholm
Börje Leander
Franjo Šoštarić
Miroslav Brozović
Branko Stanković
Zlatko Čajkovski
Miodrag Jovanović
Aleksandar Atanacković
Prvoslav Mihajlović
Rajko Mitić
Franjo Wölfl
Stjepan Bobek
Željko Čajkovski
Kosta Tomašević
Ljubomir Lovrić
Zvonimir Cimermančić
Bernard Vukas
Knud Bastrup-Birk
Hans Colberg
Edvin Hansen
John Hansen
Jørgen W. Hansen
Karl Aage Hansen
Erik Kuld Jensen
Ivan Jensen
Ove Jensen
Hans Viggo Jensen
Per Knudsen
Knud Lundberg
Eigil Nielsen
Knud Børge Overgaard
Poul Petersen
Axel Pilmark
Johannes Pløger
Carl Aage Præst
Holger Seebach
Erling Sørensen
Jørgen Leschly Sørensen
Dion Ørnvold

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

External links[edit]