Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Komazawa Stadium, Komazawa Olympic Park, Tokyo; Mitsuzawa Stadium, Yokohama; National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo; Nishiyogoku Athletic Stadium, Kyoto; Osakashi Nagai Rikujo Kyogijo, Osaka; Prince Chichubu Rugby Stadium, Minato, Tokyo; Saitamashi Omiya Koen Sakkajo, Saitama
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.
The 1964 Olympic football tournament was dominated by the five Eastern European teams. Only one team from Western Europe had qualified, but Italy withdrew when the IOC ordered an investigation into the amateur status of several of their players, who competed for Italy's major teams. North Korea also withdrew, following the GANEFO dispute with the IOC. This left 14 teams, and the five European teams were met by Japan, Ghana and the United Arab Republic (Egypt) in the quarter-finals. Germany ousted defending champion Yugoslavia, while the UAR reached the semi-finals for the second time, the first occasion being in 1928, as Egypt. Again, the Africans lost their semi-final 0-6, Hungary qualifying for the final against Czechoslovakia. The final was illustrative for the entire tournament, with unattractive play interrupted by numerous free kicks. The match was decided by a goal from Ferenc Bene, the tournament's top scorer with 12 goals.