Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics

At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, England, an official football tournament between national representative selections was contested for the first time; football had been played between club teams at the Games of 1900 and 1904.[1][2] Eight entries were accepted, and were included in the tournament draw, including two from France, the main team and a "B" side.[3] Hungary and Bohemia withdrew before the start of play, leaving six contestants.

Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics
London 1908 Football Challenge Cup.jpg
The "Challenge Cup", awarded to
the winning team
Tournament details
Host country Great Britain
CityLondon
Dates19–24 October
Teams6
Venue(s)White City Stadium
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 (1906)
1912
Winner's certificate

Great Britain won the gold medal representing the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Ireland), although all the players were from England.[citation needed]

Sophus "Krølben" Nielsen of Denmark set a record by scoring 10 goals in a 17–1 win over France "A". The famous mathematician Harald Bohr, brother of the even more famous Niels Bohr, also played for Denmark, who won the silver medal.

Competition scheduleEdit

The match schedule of the tournament.[4]

Legend
R1 First round SF Semi-finals B Bronze medal match F Gold medal match
19 Mon 20 Tue 21 Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat
R1 R1 ½ B F

VenueEdit

 
The White City Stadium hosted all the matches

SquadsEdit

BracketEdit

 
First roundSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
19 October – Stockholm
 
 
  Denmark 9
 
22 October 1908 – Stockholm
 
  France B0
 
  Denmark 17
 
 
 
  France 1
 
  France
 
24 October 1908 – Stockholm
 
bye
 
  Great Britain 2
 
20 October – Stockholm
 
  Denmark 0
 
  Great Britain (a.e.t.)12
 
22 October 1908 – Stockholm
 
  Sweden 1
 
  Great Britain 4
 
 
 
  Netherlands 0 Bronze medal match
 
  Netherlands
 
23 October 1908 – Stockholm
 
bye
 
  Netherlands 2
 
 
  Sweden 0
 

TournamentEdit

The matches:[5][6]

Eight entries were accepted and the tournament draw, or arrangement of the schedule by lot, generated a full quarterfinal round of four matches. Before the beginning of play, however, the Hungary national football team withdrew due to the Bosnian crisis, although Hungary participated in the Games (  Hungary). Bohemia withdrew from the football tournament after losing FIFA membership. So there were two quarterfinal byes.

First roundEdit

Bye (2):

Netherlands  , drawn against Hungary
France  , drawn against   Bohemia
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   
Woodward   
Berry  
Chapman  
Purnell     
Hawkes   
Report Bergström   65'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: John Ibbotson (Great Britain)

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

All teams eliminated before the final were to participate in a separate tournament for the "bronze medal", and two matches were to be played on 21 October between the four first-round losers, but both were canceled on 15 October because Bohemia and Hungary had withdrawn, leaving only two first-round losers, France B and Sweden, who qualified by default for the semi-finals of the consolation tournament, and there they would meet the two semi-final losers, France and Netherlands, but the French were so shocked by their 17–1 defeat to Denmark that they withdrew both their main and B teams; meaning only the Netherlands and Sweden were left to play for the third place.[7]

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[9]
(H) Host

MedalistsEdit

Complete list of medal winners:[10]

 
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[11]
Albert Bell
Ronald Brebner
W. Crabtree
Walter Daffern
Thomas Porter
Albert Scothern
  Denmark (DEN)[12]
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 [11]
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[11]
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. ^ "Match Schedule for Olympic Football Tournament London 1908". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  5. ^ Games of the IV. Olympiad - Football Tournament (London, England, October 19 - 24, 1908) by Lars Aarhus on the RSSSF
  6. ^ Olympic Tournament - 1908 London on IFFHS
  7. ^ "Consolation tournament (tournament for third place and bronze medals)". RSSSF. 15 June 2022. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Netherlands 2 Sweden 0 (Match summary)". www.footballdatabase.eu. 23 October 1908. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ Footballers in London
  11. ^ a b c Those players were also in squad, but did not play any matches.
  12. ^ (in Danish) Slutrundetrupper 1908-2004 at Danish Football Union Archived 9 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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