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Football, Men

Date27 May – 13 June 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam / Amsterdamsche Stadion, Amsterdam
Participants219 from 17 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Title holders Uruguay opened their campaign against the home team. Massive public interest saw about 30,000 gathering before the ticket office. They waited the entire night before the remaining 9,000 tickets went on sale. The favoured South Americans easily made into the semi-finals, where they beat the evenly matched Italians. The other semi-final saw Argentina play Egypt. Cheered on by a “Go Tutankhamen” yell from the Dutch spectators, the Egyptians had surprisingly beaten Turkey and Portugal, but they were no match for the Argentinians, and lost 0-6. Italy then thrashed them 11-3 in the bronze medal match. The final between Uruguay and Argentina was not as attractive as expected, and after 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time, both teams had only managed to score once. The replay saw Uruguay dominate the match in the first half, which nevertheless ended in 1-1. Despite playing a very offensive second half, the Argentine had to concede the tournament-winning goal in the 68th minute. Two Argentine players, Raimundo Orsi and Luis Felipe Monti would win the World Cup in 1934, playing for Italy.

After the Olympics, a consolation tournament was held. Although it was ratified by the FIFA, it was not organized by the Amsterdam Olympic organization, and we do not consider these matches as Olympics. Only four teams participated in that tournament (Netherlands, Belgium, Chile and Mexico), the home team winning by drawing lots after a 2-2 draw with Chile.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1UruguayURU410912–5Gold1
2ArgentinaARG311725–8Silver
3ItalyITA311725–11Bronze
4EgyptEGY202412–19
=5GermanyGER10125–4
=5SpainESP11139–92
=5BelgiumBEL10128–9
=5PortugalPOR20147–53
=9SwitzerlandSUI00100–44
=9NetherlandsNED00100–2
=9FranceFRA00103–4
=9MexicoMEX00101–7
=9LuxembourgLUX00103–55
=9United StatesUSA00102–11
=9YugoslaviaYUG00101–2
=9TurkeyTUR00101–7
17ChileCHI00102–4
DNSEstoniaEST–––

Qualifying Round (27 May 1928)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 27 May 15:00POR 4 – 2CHI
Match #2 ESP
walkover
EST

Round One (27 May – 13 June 1928)

Single-elimination

Match #1 6 27 May 19:00BEL 75 – 3LUX
Match #2 28 May 14:00GER 4 – 0SUI
Match #3 28 May 19:00EGY 7 – 1TUR
Match #4 8 29 May 14:00ITA 94 – 3FRA
Match #5 10 29 May 16:00POR 2 – 1YUG 11
Match #6 30 May 14:00ESP 7 – 1MEX
Match #7 29 May 19:00ARG 11 – 2USA
Match #8 30 May 19:00URU 2 – 0NED

Quarter-Finals (1 – 4 June 1928)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 01 Jun 19:00ESP 1 – 1
AET
ITA
Match #2 02 Jun 16:00ARG 6 – 3BEL
Match #3 12 03 Jun 16:00URU 134 – 1GER
Match #4 04 Jun 19:00EGY 2 – 1POR
Replay #1 04 Jun 14:00ITA 7 – 1ESP

Semi-Finals (6 – 7 June 1928)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 06 Jun 19:00ARG 6 – 0EGY
Match #2 07 Jun 19:00URU 3 – 2ITA

Final Round (9 – 13 June 1928)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 10 Jun 16:00ARG 1 – 1
AET
URU
Replay 1/2 13 Jun 19:00URU 2 – 1ARG
Match 3/4 09 Jun 16:00ITA 11 – 3EGY

Rankings

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