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Football at the Summer Olympics
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Governing body FIFA
Events 1 (men)
Games
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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 were 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 came in the 1920 edition where Belgium would take out the gold medal as the host nation after they defeated the Netherlands in the final.

Records

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

Men's results

Year Host Final Third place
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
1908 United Kingdom
London
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
2 – 1 Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
1912 Sweden
Stockholm
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
6 – 0 Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
3 – 0 Flag of Switzerland.svg
Switzerland
1920 Belgium
Antwerp
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
2 – 1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
1924 France
Paris
Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
1 – 0 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
Flag of Ireland.svg
Irish Free State
2 – 0 Flag of Egypt (1922–1958).svg
Egypt
1928 Netherlands
Amsterdam
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
2 – 0 Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
4 – 0 Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
1932 United States
Los Angeles
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
4 – 1 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
United States
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
Brazil
3 – 0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Great Britain
1936 Germany
Hamburg
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
1 – 0 Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of the German Reich (1935–1945).svg
Germany
3 – 1 (a.e.t) Flag of Peru.svg
Peru
1948 United Kingdom
London
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2 – 1 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of France.svg
France
2 – 0 Flag of Egypt (1922–1958).svg
Egypt
1952 23x15px
Helsinki
30x27px
Soviet Union
2 – 1 30x27px
Romania
Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
1 – 0 Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
1956 Argentina
Buenos Aires
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg
Yugoslavia
3–1 Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
30x27px
Bulgaria
2–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Great Britain

All-time medal table

Medals table for football at the Summer Olympic Games

Updated after the 1956 Summer Olympics

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 2 1 1 4
2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy 2 1 0 3
3 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 1 1 0 2
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 1 1 0 2
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1
6 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 1 0 1 2
7 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 1 0 0 1
23x15px Soviet Union 1 0 0 1
9 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 0 1 1 2
10 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary 0 1 0 1
Flag of Norway.svg Norway 0 1 0 1
23x15px Romania 0 1 0 1
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States 0 1 0 1
14 Flag of France.svg France 0 0 2 2
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 0 0 2 2
17 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil 0 0 1 1
23x15px Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 10 30

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