Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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.[1][2] Eight teams entered (including two from France, the main team and a "B" side)[3], 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. Among those representing the Danish team was the famous mathematician Harald Bohr.

Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics
London 1908 Football Challenge Cup.jpg
The "Challenge Cup", awarded to
the winning team
Tournament details
Host countryGreat Britain
Dates19–24 October
Teams6
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Great Britain (2nd title)
Runners-up Denmark
Third place Netherlands
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored48 (8 per match)
Top scorer(s)Denmark Sophus Nielsen (11 goals)
1904
1912
Winner's certificate

VenueEdit

 
The White City Stadium hosted all the matches

SquadsEdit

TournamentEdit

The matches:[4][5]

First roundEdit

Denmark  9–0  France B
N. Middelboe   10'49'
Wolfhagen   15'17'67'72'
Bohr   25'47'
S. Nielsen   78'
Report
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Thomas Kyle (Great Britain)

Great Britain  12–1  Sweden
Stapley   15'??'
Woodward   ??'??'
Berry   ??'
Chapman   ??'
Purnell   ??'??'??'??'
Hawkes   ??'??'
Report Bergström   65'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: John Ibbotson (Great Britain)

Byes: Netherlands   (drawn against   Hungary, who withdrew due to the Bosnian crisis) and France   (drawn against   Bohemia, who withdrew after losing their FIFA membership).

Semi-finalsEdit

Great Britain  4–0  Netherlands
Stapley   37'60'64'75' Report
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: John Howcroft (Great Britain)

Denmark  17–1  France
S. Nielsen   3'4'6'39'46'48'52'64'66'76'
Lindgren   18'37'
Wolfhagen   60'72'82'89'
N. Middelboe   68'
Report Sartorius   16'
Attendance: 1,000

Bronze medal matchEdit

The French were so shocked by their 17–1 defeat against Denmark that they declined to play for the bronze medal; therefore, the Netherlands played Sweden for third place.[6]

Netherlands  2–0  Sweden
Reeman   6'
Snethlage   58'
Report
Attendance: 1,000

Gold medal matchEdit

Great Britain  2–0  Denmark
Chapman   20'
Woodward   46'
Report
Attendance: 8,000

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1   Great Britain (H) 3 3 0 0 18 1 +17 6 Champions
2   Denmark 3 2 0 1 26 3 +23 4 Runners-up
3   Netherlands 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 2 Third place
4   Sweden 2 0 0 2 1 14 −13 0 Fourth place
5   France 1 0 0 1 1 17 −16 0 Eliminated in semi-finals
6   France B 1 0 0 1 0 9 −9 0 Eliminated in first round
Source: FIFA[8]
(H) Host.

MedalistsEdit

Complete list of medal winners:[9]

 
Great Britain won the Gold Medal after beating Denmark at the final
 
Denmark won the Silver Medal
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's tournament   Great Britain
Horace Bailey
Arthur Berry
Frederick Chapman
Walter Corbett
Harold Hardman
Robert Hawkes
Kenneth Hunt
Herbert Smith
Harold Stapley
Clyde Purnell
Vivian Woodward
George Barlow[10]
Albert Bell
Ronald Brebner
W. Crabtree
Walter Daffern
Thomas Porter
Albert Scothern
  Denmark (DEN)[11]
Peter Marius Andersen
Harald Bohr
Charles Buchwald
Ludvig Drescher
Johannes Gandil
Harald Hansen
August Lindgren
Kristian Middelboe
Nils Middelboe
Sophus Nielsen
Oskar Nørland
Bjørn Rasmussen
Vilhelm Wolfhagen
Magnus Beck [10]
Ødbert E. Bjarnholt
Knud Hansen
Einar Middelboe
  Netherlands (NED)
Reinier Beeuwkes
Frans de Bruyn Kops
Karel Heijting
Jan Kok
Bok de Korver
Emil Mundt
Louis Otten
Jops Reeman
Edu Snethlage
Ed Sol
Jan Thomée
Caius Welcker
Jan van den Berg[10]
Lo la Chapelle
Vic Gonsalves
John Heijting
Tonie van Renterghem

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

 
Danish Sophus Nielsen, topscorer with 11 goals
11 goals
8 goals
6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

GoalkeepingEdit

Place Name Team 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 B 9 1 9.00
6 Maurice Tillette   France 17 1 17.00

BibliographyEdit

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Olympic Football Tournament London 1908, FIFA.com
  2. ^ "Football at the 1908 London Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  3. ^ Great Britain's first home Olympic football adventure by Jon Carter on ESPN, 26 July 2012
  4. ^ Games of the IV. Olympiad - Football Tournament (London, England, October 19 - 24, 1908) by Lars Aarhus on the RSSSF
  5. ^ Olympic Tournament - 1908 London on IFFHS
  6. ^ IFFHS
  7. ^ "Netherlands 2 Sweden 0 (Match summary)". www.footballdatabase.eu. 23 October 1908. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  8. ^ "Men's Olympic Football Tournament (Statistics, Facts & Figures 1908–2016): Statistical Kit (including Rio 2016) – Ranking by tournament 1908–2016" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 March 2017. p. 16. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  9. ^ Footballers in London
  10. ^ a b c Those players were also in squad, but did not play any matches.
  11. ^ (in Danish) Slutrundetrupper 1908-2004 at Danish Football Union Archived 2012-08-09 at the Wayback Machine

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