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Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics

Men's football
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Dates October 19–20 (quarterfinals)
October 22 (semifinals)
October 23 (bronze match)
October 24 (final)
Competitors 72 from 5 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Great Britain won the Gold Medal after beating Denmark at the final.
Denmark won the Silver Medal.

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. 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.


  • Medal table 1
  • Medal summary 2
  • Squads 3
  • Final tournament 4
    • Results 4.1
    • Quarter-finals 4.2
    • Semi-finals 4.3
    • Bronze medal match 4.4
    • Gold medal match 4.5
  • Statistics 5
    • Goalscorers 5.1
    • Goalkeeping 5.2
  • Sources 6
  • External links 7

Medal table

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 summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's tournament Great Britain Denmark Netherlands


Final tournament



19 October 1908
Netherlands  w/o Hungary
Hungary withdrew before the tournament started due to the Bosnian crisis.
19 October 1908
Denmark  9–0 France B
N. Middelboe  10'49'
Wolfhagen  15'17'67'72'
Bohr  25'47'
S. Nielsen  78'
White City
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Thomas Kyle (Great Britain)
20 October 1908
France A  w/o  Bohemia
Bohemia were forced to withdraw before the tournament started after losing their FIFA membership.
20 October 1908
Great Britain  12–1  Sweden
Stapley  15'??'
Woodward  ??'??'
Berry  ??'
Chapman  ??'
Purnell  ??'??'??'??'
Hawkes  ??'??'
Report Bergström  65'
White City
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Ibbotson (Great Britain)


22 October 1908
Great Britain  4–0  Netherlands
Stapley  37'60'64'75' Report
White City, London
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Howcroft (Great Britain)
22 October 1908
Denmark  17–1  France A
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'
White City, London
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Campbell (Great Britain)

Bronze medal match

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

23 October 1908
Netherlands  2–0[2]  Sweden
Reeman  6'
Snethlage  58'
White City, London
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Pearson (Great Britain).[3]

Gold medal match

24 October 1908
Great Britain  2–0  Denmark
Chapman  20'
Woodward  46'
White City, London
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Lewis (Great Britain)



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


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


  1. ^ IFFHS
  2. ^ The official report states that the score was 2-1. "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."
  3. ^ "Netherlands 2 Sweden 0 (Match summary)". 23 October 1908. Retrieved 5 May 2009. 
  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Football 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 2 May 2006. 
  • Reyes, Macario (2001). "IV. Olympiad London 1908 Football Tournament". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 May 2006. 
  • "Olympic Tournament, 1908 London". IFFHS. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 

External links

  • Olympic Football Tournament London 1908,
  • IFFHS (archive)
  • Games of the IV. Olympiad on RSSSF

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