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Football at the 1908 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: October 19, 1908
Date Finished: October 24, 1908
Events: 1

Participants: 72 (72 men and 0 women) from 5 countries
Youngest Participant: DEN Vilhelm Wolfhagen (18 years, 342 days)
Oldest Participant: DEN Johannes Gandil (35 years, 151 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 36 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal


The 1908 Olympic football tournament is considered the first actual Olympic event by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), which considers the 1900 and 1904 tournaments unofficial, or exhibitions, and does not recognize the 1906 tournament as Olympic, in concert with the IOC position. Six teams competed in London with most of the major football nations competing, save for Hungary and Bohemia, which were embroiled in ongoing political problems in the Balkans. France entered two teams, thus five nations competed. Although Great Britain competed as a unified entity, all the players were English. Ireland, Scotland and Wales were not yet FIFA members.

All of the events were held at the [White City Stadium] in Shepherd's Bush, London, the main Olympic Stadium for the 1908 Olympics. It hosted a large majority of the events contested in 1908.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Football GBR Great Britain DEN Denmark NED Netherlands