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Football at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Date Started: July 15, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952
Events: 1

Participants: 294 (294 men and 0 women) from 25 countries
Youngest Participant: BRA  Vavá (17 years, 246 days)
Oldest Participant: SWE Erik Nilsson (35 years, 344 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 38 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal


The tournament was a single-elimination format with 27 teams entered. Mexico and the Saar did not show leaving 25 teams to compete, with nine first-round matches. The huge number of entered teams would necessitate qualifying standards in the future. The matches were held at five different venues around Finland – Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki; Töölön Pallokenttä, Helsinki; Kotkan Urheilukeskus, Kotka; Kupittaan Jalkapallostadion, Turku; Lahden Kisapuisto, Lahti; and Ratinan Stadion, Tampere.

Hungary’s national side in the early 1950s was one of the most famous teams in football history. In Helsinki they defeated Sweden in the semi-finals, 6-0, and Yugoslavia, 2-0, in the final to win the gold medal. Sweden, the 1948 Olympic champion, defeated Germany, 2-0, for the bronze medal.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Football HUN Hungary YUG Yugoslavia SWE Sweden