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Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics
London 1908 Football Challenge Cup.jpg
The "Challenge Cup", awarded to
the winning team
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][2] Eight teams entered (including two from France, the main team and a "B" side)[3], 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 White City Stadium hosted all the matches
The White City Stadium hosted all the matches



The matches:[4][5]

First round

Netherlands  Hungary
Hungary withdrew due to the Bosnian crisis.

Denmark 9–0French Third Republic France B
N. Middelboe Goal 10'49'
Wolfhagen Goal 15'17'67'72'
Bohr Goal 25'47'
S. Nielsen Goal 78'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Thomas Kyle (Great Britain)

France  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
Referee: John Ibbotson (Great Britain)


Great Britain 4–0 Netherlands
Stapley Goal 37'60'64'75' Report
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: John Howcroft (Great Britain)

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
Referee: Campbell (Great Britain)

Bronze medal match

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.[6]

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

Gold medal match

Great Britain 2–0 Denmark
Chapman Goal 20'
Woodward Goal 46'
Attendance: 8,000

Medal summary

Medal table

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Gold medal icon.svg
 Great Britain 3 3 0 0 18 1 +17 6
Silver medal icon.svg
 Denmark 3 2 0 1 26 3 +23 6
Bronze medal icon.svg
 Netherlands 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 2
4  France [note 1] 2 0 0 2 1 26 -25 0
5  Sweden 2 0 0 2 1 14 -13 0
  1. ^ Summarizing performances of both, A and B teams.


Complete list of medal winners:[8]

Great Britain won the Gold Medal after beating Denmark at the final
Great Britain won the Gold Medal after beating Denmark at the final
Denmark won the Silver Medal
Denmark won the Silver Medal
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's tournament  Great Britain
Horace Bailey
Arthur Berry
Frederick Chapman
Walter Corbett
Harold Hardman
Robert Hawkes
Kenneth Hunt
Herbert Smith
Harold Stapley
Clyde Purnell
Vivian Woodward
George Barlow[9]
Albert Bell
Ronald Brebner
W. Crabtree
Walter Daffern
Thomas Porter
Albert Scothern
 Denmark (DEN)[10]
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 [9]
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[9]
Lo la Chapelle
Vic Gonsalves
John Heijting
Tonie van Renterghem



Danish Sophus Nielsen, topscorer with 11 goals
Danish Sophus Nielsen, topscorer with 11 goals
11 goals
8 goals
6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal


Place Name Team 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


  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.


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

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