Football at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's qualification

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The men's qualification for football tournament at the 1956 Summer Olympics was the first edition of qualification rounds.

Qualifications[edit]

The final tournament had 16 spots reserved with 28 countries initially showing interest in the tournament.

Automatic qualification was granted to  Australia (host),  Poland,  Turkey, and  Germany (originally as West Germany).

  • Europe: 4 places, contested by 8 teams (including Israel).
  • Africa: 1 place, contested by 2 teams.
  • Asia: 6 places, contested by 12 teams.
  • Americas: 1 place, contested by 2 teams.

Europe[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bulgaria  5–3  Great Britain 2–0 3–3
Yugoslavia  w/o1  Romania
Hungary  w/o2  East Germany
Soviet Union  7-1  Israel 5-0 2-1

1 Romania withdrew.
2 East and West Germany competed together at the 1956 Olympics, thus the East German football team withdrew. However, a solely West German football team was fielded instead of a combined one.

Africa[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ethiopia  3-9  Egypt 1-4 2-5

Asia[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
South Vietnam  9-5  Cambodia 5-2 4-3
Iran  w/d1  Afghanistan
India  bye2  Thailand
Japan  2-23  South Korea 2-0 0-2
China PR  w/o4  Philippines
Indonesia  w/o5  Republic of China

1 Both teams withdrew.
2 Both teams were awarded byes.
3 Both matches were played in Japan. Japan advanced on drawing of lots.
4 Philippines withdrew.
5 Republic of China withdrew.

Americas[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
United States  w/o1  Mexico

1 Mexico withdrew.

Before the official draw for the final tournament on September 1, 1956, Poland withdrew and was replaced by  Great Britain. After the draw Hungary withdrew as well. Its place was offered to South Korea, however they declined as well. The People's Republic of China and Egypt withdrew their whole Olympic teams in protest. Vietnam and Turkey also withdrew.

Games[edit]

11 July 1956
Soviet Union  5-0  Israel
Tatushin Goal 2'
Ivanov Goal 26'71'
Simonyan Goal 45'78'
Report (ru)
Dynamo Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 54,000
Referee: Sandy Griffiths (Wales)

31 July 1956
Israel  1-2  Soviet Union
Stelmach Goal 64' Report (ru) Goal 59' Tatushin
Goal 79' Ilyin
Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Francesco Liverani[1] (Italy)

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Guinness Record of World Soccer, by Guy Oliver (1st ed., Guinness Publishing, 1992)
  • The Times newspaper, various dates

References[edit]

External links[edit]