Football At the 1948 Summer Olympics
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Football At the 1948 Summer Olympics

Football at the 1948 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host countryGreat Britain
Dates26 July - 13 August
Teams18 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)13 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Sweden
Runners-up Yugoslavia
Third place Denmark
Fourth place Great Britain
Tournament statistics
Matches played18
Goals scored102 (5.67 per match)
Top scorer(s)Sweden Gunnar Nordahl
Denmark John Hansen (7 goals)

Football at the 1948 Summer Olympics tournament, won by Sweden, managed by Englishman George Raynor.[1]



Final tournament

Indian team at 1948 Olympics, captain T. Ao at the centre of first row, goal scorer S. Raman next to Ao and coach Balaidas Chatterjee to the extreme right.

The tournament began on 26 July 1948 with a preliminary round of two matches: Luxembourg defeating Afghanistan 6-0 and the Netherlands beating Ireland 3-1, with Faas Wilkes scoring two goals for the Dutch. In the first round, which began five days later, the Netherlands played Great Britain at Highbury, Britain prevailing 4-3 after extra time. In goal for Britain was Ronnie Simpson, who would go on to become the oldest Scottish international debutant in history and one of the Lisbon Lions. Yugoslavia (victors over Luxembourg) and Sweden (3-0 winners against Austria) also went through. France eliminated India.

12-panel brown leather football on a plinth of hardwood, with a brass panel inscribed with the names of the victorious team members, photographed through the glass of a display case
The final match ball.

Sweden's play at White Hart Lane attracted much attention even then. Their forward line contained three exceptional players; one of them Gunnar Gren scored a brace in an easy win. There were two goals, as well, for future FIFA World Cup star Zeljko Cajkovski in Yugoslavia's 6-1 rout of Luxembourg, although they were behind at half-time. There were future World Cup stars also on parade in South Korea's 5-3 defeat of Mexico and the United States's 9-0 defeat at the hands of Italy. Walter Bahr, Ed Souza, Charlie Colombo and John Souza would later be members of the American team that beat England at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.

In the quarter-finals, Sweden defeated both the South Koreans and the Danes in the semi-final. In the second semi-final, Great Britain played Yugoslavia at Wembley Stadium, going out by three goals to one. 3-1 was also the score in the final in favour of Sweden over Yugoslavia.

Preliminary round

Luxembourg 6-0 Afghanistan
Gales Goal 679
Kettel Goal 40
Schammel Goal 41
Paulus Goal 6280
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: A.C. Williams (Great Britain)

Attendance: 8,000
Referee: George Reader (Great Britain)

First round

Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Karel van der Meer (Netherlands)

Denmark 3-1 (aet) Egypt
K. Hansen Goal 82 Goal 95
Pløger Goal 119 (pen.)
Report El Guindy Goal 83
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Stanley Boardman (Great Britain)

Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Vald Laursen (Denmark)

Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Gunnar Dahlner (Sweden)

Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Johann Beck (Austria)

Sweden 3-0 Austria
G. Nordahl Goal 2 Goal 10
Rosen Goal 71
Attendance: 9,514
Referee: William Ling (Great Britain)

Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Leo Lemesic (Yugoslavia)

Italy 9-0 United States
Pernigo Goal 2578890
Stellin Goal 25 (pen.)
Turconi Goal 46
Cavigioli Goal 7287
Caprile Goal 90
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Charles de la Salle (France)


Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Victor Sdez (France)

Sweden 12-0 South Korea
Liedholm Goal 1162
G. Nordahl Goal 25407880
Gren Goal 27
Carlsson Goal 616482
Rosén Goal 7285
Attendance: 7,110
Referee: Giuseppe Carpani (Italy)

Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Karel van der Meer (Netherlands)

Denmark 5-3 Italy
John Hansen Goal 30537482
Pløger Goal 84
Report Cavigioli Goal 49
Caprile Goal 67
Pernigo Goal 81
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: William Ling (Great Britain)


Sweden 4-2 Denmark
Carlsson Goal 18 Goal 42
Rosén Goal 31 Goal 37
Report Seebach Goal 3
John Hansen Goal 77
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Stanley Boardman (Great Britain)

Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Karel van der Meer (Netherlands)

Bronze medal match

Great Britain 3-5 Denmark
Aitken Goal 5
Hardisty Goal 33
Amor Goal 63 (pen.)
Report Præst Goal 1249
John Hansen Goal 1677
J. Sørensen Goal 41
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Karel van der Meer (Netherlands)

Gold medal match

Sweden 3-1 Yugoslavia
Gren Goal 24 Goal 67 (pen.)
G. Nordahl Goal 48
Report Bobek Goal 42
Attendance: 60,000


Swedish gold medal team
First roundQuarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinals
 Republic of China0
 Great Britain1
 Great Britain (a.e.t.)4
 Great Britain1
 South Korea0
 South Korea5
 Denmark2 Bronze Medal match
 Denmark (a.e.t.)3
 Denmark5 Great Britain3
 Italy3  Denmark5
 United States0


The Irish team



7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal


  1. ^ "Football at the 1948 London Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2018.


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