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Football, Men

Date25 May – 9 June 1924
StatusOlympic
LocationStade Bergeyre, Paris / Stade de Paris, Saint-Ouen / Stade Pershing, Vincennes / Stade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes
Participants279 from 22 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

With serious international participation, the 1924 Olympic tournament is definitely the first major international football championship. German authors Lennartz and Buschmann even titled their book on the event “Uruguay, forgotten World Champion”. The South Americans were definitely the class of the tournament. They amazed European spectators with their attractive play and impressed with their 5-1 win over the home nation in the quarter-finals. The Uruguayans encountered their main obstacle in the semi-finals, trailing the Dutch team by 0-1 at half-time. The Uruguayans fought their way back, but only decided the match with a penalty kick that most observers thought to have been an error by the French referee.

While Uruguay won an easy victory over Switzerland in the final, the match for bronze was more closely fought. In the first match, Sweden and the Netherlands tied one all after extra time, and a second match had to be played. The replay was held less than 24 hours after the first game, and both teams played with heavily changed line-ups due to fatigued players. Sweden won the match 3-1.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1UruguayURU5001020–2Gold
2SwitzerlandSUI411915–6Silver1
3SwedenSWE311718–5Bronze
4NetherlandsNED212511–7
=5IrelandIRL10122–22
=5FranceFRA10128–5
=5ItalyITA20144–2
=5EgyptEGY10123–5
=9RomaniaROU00100–6
=9BulgariaBUL00100–13
=9LatviaLAT00100–7
=9United StatesUSA10121–3
=9CzechoslovakiaTCH11136–4
=9LuxembourgLUX00100–2
=9BelgiumBEL00101–8
=9HungaryHUN10125–3
=17YugoslaviaYUG00100–7
=17EstoniaEST00100–14
=17TurkeyTUR00102–5
=17LithuaniaLTU00100–9
=17SpainESP00100–1
=17PolandPOL00100–5
DNSPortugalPOR–––

Round One (25 – 26 May 1924)

Single-elimination

Match #1 25 May 15:30SUI 9 – 0LTU
Match #2 25 May 15:30TCH 5 – 2TUR
Match #3 25 May 15:30ITA 1 – 0ESP
Match #4 25 May 17:15USA 1 – 0EST
Match #5 26 May 16:00URU 7 – 0YUG
Match #6 26 May 17:00HUN 5 – 0POL
Match #7 SWE
walkover
POR
Match #8 FRA bye
Match #9 BEL bye
Match #10 BUL bye
Match #11 EGY bye
Match #12 IRL bye
Match #13 LAT bye
Match #14 LUX bye
Match #15 NED bye
Match #16 ROU bye

Round Two (27 – 30 May 1924)

Single-elimination

Match #1 27 May 16:00NED 6 – 0ROU
Match #2 27 May 17:00FRA 7 – 0LAT
Match #3 28 May 16:00IRL 1 – 0BUL
Match #4 28 May 17:00SUI 1 – 1
AET
TCH
Match #5 29 May 14:15ITA 2 – 0LUX
Match #6 29 May 16:00SWE 8 – 1BEL
Match #7 29 May 17:00URU 3 – 0USA
Match #8 29 May 17:00EGY 3 – 0HUN
Replay #1 530 May 17:30SUI 1 – 0TCH

Quarter-Finals (1 – 2 June 1924)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 01 Jun 16:00URU 5 – 1FRA
Match #2 01 Jun 16:00SWE 5 – 0EGY
Match #3 02 Jun 17:00NED 2 – 1
AET
IRL
Match #4 02 Jun 17:00SUI 2 – 1ITA

Semi-Finals (5 – 6 June 1924)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 05 Jun 17:00SUI 2 – 1SWE
Match #2 06 Jun 17:00URU 2 – 1NED

Final Round (8 – 9 June 1924)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 09 Jun 16:30URU 3 – 0SUI
Match 3/4 08 Jun 16:00NED 1 – 1
AET
SWE
Replay 3/4 09 Jun 14:30SWE 3 – 1NED

Rankings

Goals
Shots
Shots on Goal
Fouls Committed
Yellow Cards
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