Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host countryGreat Britain
Dates19–24 October
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Great Britain (2nd title)
Runners-up Denmark
Third place Netherlands
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored48 (8 per match)
Top scorer(s)Denmark Sophus Nielsen (11 goals)

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.[1] 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.


The matches were held at White City Stadium in London.

Medal table[edit]

Great Britain won the Gold Medal after beating Denmark at the final.
Denmark won the Silver Medal.
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[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's tournament  Great Britain (GBR)
Horace Bailey
Arthur Berry
Frederick Chapman
Walter Corbett
Harold Hardman
Robert Hawkes
Kenneth Hunt
Herbert Smith
Harold Stapley
Clyde Purnell
Vivian Woodward
George Barlow[2]
Albert Bell
Ronald Brebner
W. Crabtree
Walter Daffern
Thomas Porter
Albert Scothern
 Denmark (DEN)[3]
Peter Marius Andersen
Harald Bohr
Charles Buchwald
Ludvig Drescher
Johannes Gandil
Harald Hansen
August Lindgren
Kristian Middelboe
Nils Middelboe
Sophus Nielsen
Oskar Nørland
Bjørn Rasmussen
Vilhelm Wolfhagen
Magnus Beck[2]
Ødbert E. Bjarnholt
Knud Hansen
Einar Middelboe
 Netherlands (NED)
Reinier Beeuwkes
Frans de Bruyn Kops
Karel Heijting
Jan Kok
Bok de Korver
Emil Mundt
Louis Otten
Jops Reeman
Edu Snethlage
Ed Sol
Jan Thomée
Caius Welcker
Jan van den Berg[2]
Lo la Chapelle
Vic Gonsalves
John Heijting
Tonie van Renterghem


Final tournament[edit]



Netherlands w/o Hungary
Hungary withdrew due to the Bosnian crisis.
Denmark 9–0France France B
N. Middelboe Goal 10'49'
Wolfhagen Goal 15'17'67'72'
Bohr Goal 25'47'
S. Nielsen Goal 78'
Attendance: 2,000
France w/o Bohemia
Bohemia withdrew after losing their FIFA membership.
Great Britain 12–1 Sweden
Stapley Goal 15'??'
Woodward Goal ??'??'
Berry Goal ??'
Chapman Goal ??'
Purnell Goal ??'??'??'??'
Hawkes Goal ??'??'
Report Bergström Goal 65'
Attendance: 2,000


Great Britain 4–0 Netherlands
Stapley Goal 37'60'64'75' Report
Attendance: 6,000
Denmark 17–1 France
S. Nielsen Goal 3'4'6'39'46'48'52'64'66'76'
Lindgren Goal 18'37'
Wolfhagen Goal 60'72'82'89'
N. Middelboe Goal 68'
Report Sartorius Goal 16'
Attendance: 1,000

Bronze medal match[edit]

The French were so shocked by their 17-1 defeat against Denmark that they declined to play for the bronze medal; therefore, the Netherlands played Sweden for third place.[4]

Netherlands 2–0[5] Sweden
Reeman Goal 6'
Snethlage Goal 58'
Attendance: 1,000

Gold medal match[edit]

Great Britain 2–0 Denmark
Chapman Goal 20'
Woodward Goal 46'
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. ^ "Football at the 1908 London Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Those players were also in squad, but did not play any matches.
  3. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Danish) Slutrundetrupper 1908-2004 at Danish Football Association
  4. ^ IFFHS
  5. ^ The official report states that the score was 2-1.[permanent dead link] "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."
  6. ^ "Netherlands 2 Sweden 0 (Match summary)". 23 October 1908. Retrieved 5 May 2009.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°30′49″N 0°13′39″E / 51.5136°N 0.2274°E / 51.5136; 0.2274