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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 (1st title)
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]


Brent Islington Southwark Hammersmith & Fulham
Empire Stadium Arsenal Stadium Champion Hill Craven Cottage
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Waltham Forest


South coast (→)

Green Pond Road White Hart Lane

Griffin Park
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Redbridge Brighton
Lynn Road Goldstone Ground

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Croydon Portsmouth
Selhurst Park Fratton Park


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 6'79'
Kettel Goal 40'
Schammel Goal 41'
Paulus Goal 62'80'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: A.C. Williams (Great Britain)

Netherlands 3–1Republic of Ireland Ireland
Wilkes Goal 1' Goal 74'
Roosenburg Goal 11'
Report O'Kelly Goal 52'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: George Reader (Great Britain)

First round

Yugoslavia 6–1 Luxembourg
Stanković Goal 57'
Mihajlović Goal 61'
Željko Čajkovski Goal 65' Goal 70'
Mitić Goal 74'
Bobek Goal 87'
Report Schammel Goal 10'
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)

Great Britain 4–3 (aet) Netherlands
McBain Goal 22'
Hardisty Goal 58'
Kelleher Goal 77'
McIlvenny Goal 111'
Report Appel Goal 20' Goal 63'
Wilkes Goal 81'
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Vald Laursen (Denmark)

France 2–1 India
Courbin Goal 30'
Persillon Goal 89'
Report Raman Goal 70'
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Gunnar Dahlner (Sweden)

Turkey 4–0 Republic of China
Kılıç Goal 18'61'
Saygun Goal 72'
Küçükandonyadis Goal 87'
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)

South Korea 5–3 Mexico
Choi Song-Gon Goal 13'
Bai Chon-Go Goal 30'
Chung Kook-Chin Goal 63'66'
Chung Nam-Sik Goal 87'
Report Cárdenas Goal 23'
Figueroa Goal 85'
Ruiz Goal 89'
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Leo Lemesic (Yugoslavia)

Italy 9–0 United States
Pernigo Goal 2'57'88'90'
Stellin Goal 25' (pen.)
Turconi Goal 46'
Cavigioli Goal 72'87'
Caprile Goal 90'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Charles de la Salle (France)


Yugoslavia 3–1 Turkey
Željko Čajkovski Goal 21'
Bobek Goal 60'
Wölfl Goal 80'
Report Gulesin Goal 33'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Victor Sdez (France)

Sweden 12–0 South Korea
Liedholm Goal 11'62'
G. Nordahl Goal 25'40'78'80'
Gren Goal 27'
Carlsson Goal 61'64'82'
Rosén Goal 72'85'
Attendance: 7,110
Referee: Giuseppe Carpani (Italy)

Great Britain 1–0 France
Hardisty Goal 29' Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Karel van der Meer (Netherlands)

Denmark 5–3 Italy
John Hansen Goal 30'53'74'82'
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)

Great Britain 1–3 Yugoslavia
Donovan Goal 20' Report Bobek Goal 19'
Wölfl Goal 24'
Mitić Goal 48'
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 12'49'
John Hansen Goal 16'77'
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
Gold Silver Bronze
 Sweden  Yugoslavia  Denmark
Torsten Lindberg
Karl Svensson
Knut Nordahl
Erik Nilsson
Birger Rosengren
Bertil Nordahl
Sune Andersson
Gunnar Gren
Gunnar Nordahl
Henry Carlsson
Nils Liedholm
Börje Leander
Franjo Šoštarić
Miroslav Brozović
Branko Stanković
Zlatko Čajkovski
Miodrag Jovanović
Aleksandar Atanacković
Prvoslav Mihajlović
Rajko Mitić
Franjo Wölfl
Stjepan Bobek
Željko Čajkovski
Kosta Tomašević
Ljubomir Lovrić
Zvonimir Cimermančić
Bernard Vukas
Knud Bastrup-Birk
Hans Colberg
Edvin Hansen
John Hansen
Jørgen W. Hansen
Karl Aage Hansen
Erik Kuld Jensen
Ivan Jensen
Ove Jensen
Hans Viggo Jensen
Per Knudsen
Knud Lundberg
Eigil Nielsen
Knud Børge Overgaard
Poul Petersen
Axel Pilmark
Johannes Pløger
Carl Aage Præst
Holger Seebach
Erling Sørensen
Jørgen Leschly Sørensen
Dion Ørnvold



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2 goals
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  1. ^ "Football at the 1948 London Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 9 October 2018.


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