Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Bergeyre Stadium, Paris; Colombes Olympic Stadium, Colombes; Paris Stadium, Saint-Ouen; Pershing Stadium, Vincennes
Date Started: May 25, 1924
Date Finished: June 9, 1924
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
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 in the final, the match for bronze was more closely fought. In the first match, Sweden and the Netherlands tied one all after extra time, 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 due to fatigued players. Sweden won the match 3-1.