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Football at the 1960 Roma Summer Games

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: September 10, 1960
Events: 1

Participants: 235 (235 men and 0 women) from 16 countries
Youngest Participant: ITA Gianni Rivera (17 years, 9 days)
Oldest Participant: BUL Manol Manolov (35 years, 22 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 44 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal


The 1960 football tournament was the first one since World War II that did away with the purely single-elimination tournament, and it would never be used again at the Olympics. Sixteen (16) teams competed, separated into four four-team groups, with only the winner of each group to advance to the semi-finals.

The 16 teams qualified as follows – Italy as host nation; seven teams from a European Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia); three teams from an Asian-Oceanian Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Chinese Taipei, India, Turkey); three teams from an American Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Argentina, Brazil, Peru); and two teams from an African Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Tunisia, United Arab Republic [former Egypt]).

The matches were played at seven stadia around Italy, as follows – Stadio Flaminio, Roma; Stadio Fuorigrotta, Napoli; Stadio Adriatico, Pescara; Stadio Olimpico Comunale, Grosseto; Stadio Comunale, L'Aquila; Stadio Comunale, Firenze; and Stadio Ardenza, Livorno.

After three consecutive silver medals, Yugoslavia finally won Olympic gold, defeating Denmark, 3-1, in the final. Hungary defeated host Italy for the bronze medal.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Football YUG Yugoslavia DEN Denmark HUN Hungary