Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London; Champion Hill, East Dulwich, London; Craven Cottage, Fulham, London; Empire Stadium, Wembley, London; Fratton Park, Portsmouth; Goldstone Ground, Hove; Green Pond Road Stadium, Walthamstow, London; Griffin Park, Hounslow, London; Lynn Road Stadium, Ilford, London; Selhurst Park, South Norwood, London; White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London
Date Started: July 26, 1948
Date Finished: August 13, 1948
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
The 1948 tournament had two favourites for the title, Sweden and the home team. Great Britain had not played at the Olympics since their 1912 victory. Players from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales were selected by Matt Busby, the Manchester United manager (a position he held until 1969). Sweden, too was coached by a Briton, George Raynor. Britain could not impress during the Olympics, struggling past the Netherlands and France before being eliminated by Yugoslavia. Sweden, by contrast, breezed through the early rounds. In the quarter-finals, South Korea was butchered 12-0. The final saw the best play of the tournament, and Sweden won with a dominant second half, 3-1.
The victorious Swedish team featured three brothers, Bertil, Gunnar and Knut Nordahl. The most famous them was Gunnar, who played for AC Milan after the Olympics, joining fellow gold medallists Gunnar Gren and Nils Liedholm to form the Italian club's feared "Gre-No-Li" attack line.