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Football, Men

Date26 July – 13 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London / Selhurst Park, South Norwood, London / Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London / Lynn Road Stadium, Ilford, London / Craven Cottage, Fulham, London / White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London / Champion Hill, East Dulwich, London / Griffin Park, Hounslow, London / Green Pond Road Stadium, Walthamstow, London / Goldstone Ground, Hove / Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Participants218 from 18 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The 1948 tournament had two favourites for the title, Sweden and the home team. Great Britain had not played at the Olympics since their 1912 victory. Players from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales were selected by Matt Busby, the Manchester United manager (a position he held until 1969). Sweden, too was coached by a Briton, George Raynor. Britain could not impress during the Olympics, struggling past the Netherlands and France before being eliminated by Yugoslavia. Sweden, by contrast, breezed through the early rounds. In the quarter-finals, South Korea was butchered 12-0. The final saw the best play of the tournament, and Sweden won with a dominant second half, 3-1.

The victorious Swedish team featured three brothers, Bertil, Gunnar and Knut Nordahl. The most famous them was Gunnar, who played for AC Milan after the Olympics, joining fellow gold medallists Gunnar Gren and Nils Liedholm to form the Italian club’s feared “Gre-No-Li” attack line.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1SwedenSWE400822–3Gold
2YugoslaviaYUG301613–6Silver
3DenmarkDEN301615–11Bronze
4Great BritainGBR20249–11
=5FranceFRA10122–2
=5ItalyITA101212–5
=5Republic of KoreaKOR10125–15
=5TurkeyTUR10125–3
=9AustriaAUT00100–31
=9ChinaCHN00100–4
=9EgyptEGY00101–3
=9IndiaIND00101–22
=9LuxembourgLUX10127–63
=9MexicoMEX00103–5
=9NetherlandsNED10126–54
=9United StatesUSA00100–9
=17AfghanistanAFG00100–6
=17IrelandIRL00101–35

Qualifying Round (26 July 1948)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 26 JulLUX 6 – 0AFG
Match #2 26 JulNED 3 – 1IRL

Round One (31 July – 2 August 1948)

Single-elimination

Match #1 31 Jul 18:30DEN 3 – 1
AET
EGY
Match #2 31 Jul 18:30GBR 4 – 3
AET
NED
Match #3 6 31 Jul 18:30FRA 2 – 1IND 7
Match #4 8 31 Jul 18:30YUG 96 – 1LUX
Match #5 02 Aug 18:30SWE 3 – 0AUT
Match #6 02 Aug 18:30KOR 5 – 3MEX
Match #7 02 Aug 18:30ITA 9 – 0USA
Match #8 02 Aug 18:30TUR 4 – 0CHN

Quarter-Finals (5 August 1948)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 05 Aug 18:30SWE 12 – 0KOR
Match #2 05 Aug 18:30DEN 5 – 3ITA
Match #3 05 Aug 18:30YUG 3 – 1TUR
Match #4 05 Aug 18:30GBR 1 – 0FRA

Semi-Finals (10 – 11 August 1948)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 10 Aug 18:30SWE 4 – 2DEN
Match #2 11 Aug 18:30YUG 3 – 1GBR

Final Round (13 August 1948)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 13 Aug 18:30SWE 3 – 1YUG
Match 3/4 13 Aug 14:00DEN 5 – 3GBR

Rankings

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