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Football at the Summer Olympics (An Earlier World Cup of Football)

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Association Football at the Summer Olympics
Founded 1896
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 18
Current champions Flag of Sweden Sweden (1st title)
Most successful team Flag of Italy Italy
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands (2 titles)

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

Netherlands success

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 was 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

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 soured the 1920 edition in which Belgium took out gold as the hosts.

Records

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

Men's results

Year Host Final Third place
Gold Medalists Score Silver Medalists Bronze Medalists Score 4th place
1908 United Kingdom
London
Flag of the Netherlands
Netherlands
2 – 1 Flag of Denmark
Denmark
Flag of France
France
Flag of Norway
Norway
1912 Sweden
Stockholm
Flag of the Netherlands
Netherlands
6 – 0 Flag of Norway
Norway
Flag of Denmark
Denmark
3 – 0 Flag of Switzerland
Switzerland
1920 Belgium
Antwerp
Flag of Belgium
Belgium
2 – 1 Flag of the Netherlands
Netherlands
Flag of Sweden
Sweden
Flag of Norway
Norway
1924 France
Paris
Flag of Uruguay
Uruguay
1 – 0 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned
Italy
Flag of Ireland
Irish Free State
2 – 0 Flag of Egypt (1922–1958)
Egypt
1928

Netherlands
Amsterdam

Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned
Italy
2 – 0 Flag of Uruguay
Uruguay
Flag of the Netherlands
Netherlands
4 – 0 Flag of Portugal
Portugal
1932 US flag 49 stars
Los Angeles
Flag of Argentina
Argentina
4 – 1 US flag 49 stars
United States
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960)
Brazil
3 – 0 Flag of the United Kingdom
Great Britain
1936 Flag of German Reich (1935–1945)
Hamburg
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned
Italy
1 – 0 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio)
Hungary
Flag of German Reich (1935–1945)
Germany
3 – 1 (a.e.t) Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950)
Peru
1948 United Kingdom
London
Flag of Sweden
Sweden
2 – 1 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
Flag of France
France
2 – 0 Flag of Egypt (1922–1958)
Egypt

All-time medal table

Medals table for football at the Olympics

Updated after the 1948 Summer Olympics

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 2 1 1 4
2 Flag of Italy Italy 2 1 0 3
3 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 1 1 0 2
4 Flag of Sweden Sweden 1 0 1 2
5 Flag of Argentina Argentina 1 0 0 1
Flag of Belgium Belgium 1 0 0 1
7 Flag of Denmark Denmark 0 1 1 2
8 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956) Hungary 0 1 0 1
US flag 48 stars United States 0 1 0 1
Flag of Norway Norway 0 1 0 1
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1
12 Flag of France France 0 0 2 2
13 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil 0 0 1 1
Flag of Germany Germany 0 0 1 1
Flag of Ireland Republic of Ireland 0 0 1 1
Total 8 8 8 24

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