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Football, Men

Date26 August – 10 September 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationStadio Flaminio, Roma / Stadio Fuorigrotta, Napoli / Stadio Adriatico, Pescara / Stadio Olimpico Comunale, Grosseto / Stadio Comunale, L'Aquila / Stadio Comunale, Firenze / Stadio Ardenza, Livorno
Participants235 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to Classification Round matches.

For the first time in history, the Olympic football tournament was conducted with a preliminary round featuring round-robin pools. Hungary were the pre-tournament favourites, and they survived the group stage with ease. But the 1952 champions were halted by the surprising Danish amateur side. Denmark was playing with a depleted squad and heavy hearts, as eight Danish footballers had died in a plane crash shortly before the 1960 Olympic tournament, but in an exciting semi-final, where both sides missed a penalty kick, Denmark came out the deserved winner with 2-0. The other semi-final was a much closer affair. The home team, Italy, was paired with Yugoslavia. The Italians had kicked out Brazil in the first round, while Yugoslavia had held off Bulgaria only on goal difference after a 3-3 tie. Italy, which featured future star Gianni Rivera and Giovanni Trapattoni, later a successful manager, was cheered on by an ecstatic home crowd in Naples. But after 120 minutes of play, both teams were still tied. In earlier Olympics, such draws would be resolved by a replay, but this method was found to be unsatisfactory in the busy Olympic programme. The present-day tie-breaker of taking penalties was not yet in use either, and the winner was determined by lot. Yugoslavia won this draw, and progressed to their fourth consecutive Olympic final.

In the decider, Yugoslavia got off to an excellent start and took a 2-0 lead. Shortly before half-time, a third goal was scored by Kostić. Although the linesman had not signalled for offside, the Italian referee annulled the goal, much to the anger of the Yugoslav captain, Milan Galić . His uncontrolled response to the referee resulted in an expulsion, leaving his team short-handed for the rest of the match. But Yugoslavia held on for their first Olympic gold medal, while Denmark took its third Olympic silver.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1YugoslaviaYUG410917–6Gold
2DenmarkDEN401811–7Silver
3HungaryHUN401817–6Bronze
4ItalyITA212511–7
=5BulgariaBUL21058–3
=5BrazilBRA201410–6
=5ArgentinaARG20146–4
=5FranceFRA11133–9
=9TurkeyTUR01213–10
=9Great BritainGBR11138–8
=9PolandPOL10227–5
=9PeruPER10226–9
=13United Arab RepublicUAR01214–11
=13FormosaTPE00303–12
=13TunisiaTUN00303–11
=13IndiaIND01213–6

Preliminary Round (26 August – 1 September 1960)

Group A (26 August – 1 September 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1YUG210513–4Q
2BUL21058–3
3TUR01213–10
4UAR01214–11

Match #1 26 Aug 21:00YUG 6 – 1UAR
Match #2 26 Aug 21:00BUL 3 – 0TUR
Match #3 29 Aug 16:00BUL 2 – 0UAR
Match #4 29 Aug 21:00YUG 4 – 0TUR
Match #5 01 Sep 21:00TUR 3 – 3UAR
Match #6 01 Sep 21:00BUL 3 – 3YUG

Group B (26 August – 1 September 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1ITA21059–4Q
2BRA201410–6
3GBR11138–8
4TPE00303–12

Match #1 26 Aug 21:00BRA 4 – 3GBR
Match #2 26 Aug 21:00ITA 4 – 1TPE
Match #3 29 Aug 16:00BRA 5 – 0TPE
Match #4 29 Aug 21:00GBR 2 – 2ITA
Match #5 01 Sep 21:00ITA 3 – 1BRA
Match #6 01 Sep 21:00GBR 3 – 2TPE

Group C (26 August – 1 September 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1DEN30068–4Q
2ARG20146–4
3POL10227–5
4TUN00303–11

Match #1 26 Aug 16:00POL 6 – 1TUN
Match #2 26 Aug 21:00DEN 3 – 2ARG
Match #3 1 29 Aug 21:00DEN 22 – 1POL
Match #4 29 Aug 21:00ARG 2 – 1TUN
Match #5 01 Sep 16:00DEN 3 – 1TUN
Match #6 01 Sep 21:00ARG 2 – 0POL

Group D (26 August – 1 September 1960)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1HUN300615–3Q
2FRA11133–9
3PER10226–9
4IND01213–6

Match #1 26 Aug 16:00HUN 2 – 1IND
Match #2 26 Aug 21:00FRA 2 – 1PER
Match #3 29 Aug 21:00HUN 6 – 2PER
Match #4 29 Aug 21:00FRA 1 – 1IND
Match #5 01 Sep 16:00HUN 7 – 0FRA
Match #6 01 Sep 21:00PER 3 – 1IND

Semi-Finals (5 – 6 September 1960)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 305 Sep 21:00YUG 1 – 1
AET
ITA
Match #2 06 Sep 21:00DEN 2 – 0HUN

Final Round (9 – 10 September 1960)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 10 Sep 21:00YUG 3 – 1DEN
Match 3/4 09 Sep 21:00HUN 2 – 1ITA

Rankings

Goals
Shots
Shots on Goal
Fouls Committed
Yellow Cards
Red Cards