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Football at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Football

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Bergeyre Stadium, Paris; Grand Palace of the Champs-Elysées, Paris; Paris Stadium, Saint-Ouen; Pershing Stadium, Vincennes
Date Started: May 25, 1924
Date Finished: June 9, 1924
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: URU Uruguay
Silver: SUI Switzerland
Bronze: SWE Sweden

Summary

With serious international participation, the 1924 Olympic tournament is definitely the first major international football championship. German authors Lennartz and Buschmann even titled their book on the event "Uruguay, forgotten World Champion". The South Americans were definitely the class of the tournament. They amazed European spectators with their attractive play and impressed with their 5-1 win over the home nation in the quarter-finals. The Uruguayans encountered their main obstacle in the semi-finals, trailing the Dutch team by 0-1 at half-time. The Uruguayans fought their way back, but only decided the match with a penalty kick that most observers thought to have been an error by the French referee. While Uruguay won an easy victory over Switzerland, the match for bronze was more closely fought. In the first match, Sweden and the Netherlands tied one all, and a second match had to be played. The replay was held less than 24 hours after the first game, and both teams played with heavily changed line-ups.

Sweden won the match 3-1.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal G YC RC
1 Uruguay URU Gold 20 0 0
2 Switzerland SUI Silver 15 0 0
3 Sweden SWE Bronze 18 0 0
4 Netherlands NED 11 0 0
5T Ireland IRL 2 0 0
5T France FRA 8 0 0
5T Italy ITA 4 0 0
5T Egypt EGY 3 0 0
9T Romania ROU 0 0 0
9T Bulgaria BUL 0 0 0
9T Latvia LAT 0 0 0
9T United States USA 1 0 0
9T Czechoslovakia TCH 6 0 0
9T Luxembourg LUX 0 0 0
9T Belgium BEL 1 0 0
9T Hungary HUN 5 0 0
17T Yugoslavia YUG 0 0 0
17T Estonia EST 0 0 0
17T Turkey TUR 2 0 0
17T Lithuania LTU 0 0 0
17T Spain ESP 0 0 0
17T Poland POL 0 0 0