Open main menu

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] 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. Among those representing the Danish team was the famous mathematician Harald Bohr.

Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics
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

Contents

VenueEdit

The matches were held at White City Stadium in London.

Medal tableEdit

 
Great Britain won the Gold Medal after beating Denmark at the final.
 
Denmark won the Silver Medal.
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 summaryEdit

SquadsEdit

Final tournamentEdit

ResultsEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

Netherlands  w/o  Hungary
Hungary withdrew due to the Bosnian crisis.
Denmark  9–0  France B
N. Middelboe   10'49'
Wolfhagen   15'17'67'72'
Bohr   25'47'
S. Nielsen   78'
Report
Attendance: 2,000
France  w/o  Bohemia
Bohemia withdrew after losing their FIFA membership.
Great Britain  12–1  Sweden
Stapley   15'??'
Woodward   ??'??'
Berry   ??'
Chapman   ??'
Purnell   ??'??'??'??'
Hawkes   ??'??'
Report Bergström   65'
Attendance: 2,000

Semi-finalsEdit

Great Britain  4–0  Netherlands
Stapley   37'60'64'75' Report
Attendance: 6,000
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.[4]

Netherlands  2–0[5]  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
Referee: Lewis (Great Britain)

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

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

GoalkeepingEdit

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

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ "Football at the 1908 London Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Those players were also in squad, but did not play any matches.
  3. ^ (in Danish) Slutrundetrupper 1908-2004 at Danish Football Association
  4. ^ IFFHS
  5. ^ The official report states that the score was 2-1. http://www.la84foundation.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1908/1908.pdf[permanent dead link] "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."
  6. ^ "Netherlands 2 Sweden 0 (Match summary)". www.footballdatabase.eu. 23 October 1908. Retrieved 5 May 2009.

External linksEdit