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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Amsterdam Stadium, Amsterdam; Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: May 27, 1928
Date Finished: June 13, 1928
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: URU Uruguay
Silver: ARG Argentina
Bronze: ITA Italy


Title holders Uruguay opened their campaign against the home team. Massive public interest saw about 30,000 gathering before the ticket office. They waited the entire night before the remaining 9,000 tickets went on sale. The favoured South Americans easily made into the semi-finals, where they beat the evenly matched Italians. The other semi-final saw Argentina play Egypt. Cheered on by a "Go Tutankhamen" yell from the Dutch spectators, the Egyptians had surprisingly beaten Turkey and Portugal, but they were no match for the Argentinians, and lost 0-6. Italy then thrashed them 11-3 in the bronze medal match. The final between Uruguay and Argentina was not as attractive as expected, and after 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time, both teams had only managed to score once. The replay saw Uruguay dominate the match in the first half, which nevertheless ended in 1-1. Despite playing a very offensive second half, the Argentine had to concede the tournament-winning goal in the 68th minute. Two Argentine players, [Raimundo Orsi] and [Luis Felipe Monti] would win the World Cup in 1934, playing for Italy.

After the Olympics, a consolation tournament was held. Although it was ratified by the FIFA, it was not organized by the Amsterdam Olympic organization, and we do not consider these matches as Olympics. Only four teams participated in that tournament (Netherlands, Belgium, Chile and Mexico), the home team winning by drawing lots after a 2-2 draw with Chile.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal G YC RC
1 Uruguay URU Gold 12 0 0
2 Argentina ARG Silver 25 0 0
3 Italy ITA Bronze 25 0 0
4 Egypt EGY 12 0 0
5T Germany GER 5 0 0
5T Spain ESP 9 0 0
5T Belgium BEL 8 0 0
5T Portugal POR 7 0 0
9T Switzerland SUI 0 0 0
9T Netherlands NED 0 0 0
9T France FRA 3 0 0
9T Mexico MEX 1 0 0
9T Luxembourg LUX 3 0 0
9T United States USA 2 0 0
9T Yugoslavia YUG 1 0 0
9T Turkey TUR 1 0 0
17 Chile CHI 2 0 0