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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.

Gold: SWE Sweden
Silver: YUG Yugoslavia
Bronze: DEN Denmark


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.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal G YC RC
1 Sweden SWE Gold 22 0 0
2 Yugoslavia YUG Silver 13 0 0
3 Denmark DEN Bronze 15 0 0
4 Great Britain GBR 9 0 0
5T France FRA 2 0 0
5T Italy ITA 12 0 0
5T South Korea KOR 5 0 0
5T Turkey TUR 5 0 0
9T Austria AUT 0 0 0
9T China CHN 0 0 0
9T Egypt EGY 1 0 0
9T India IND 1 0 0
9T Luxembourg LUX 7 0 0
9T Mexico MEX 3 0 0
9T Netherlands NED 6 0 0
9T United States USA 0 0 0
17T Afghanistan AFG 0 0 0
17T Ireland IRL 1 0 0