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Football at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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Football at the 1900 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates20 – 23 September
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Great Britain (GBR) (1st title)
Runners-up France (FRA)
Third place Belgium (BEL)
Tournament statistics
Matches played2
Goals scored12 (6 per match)

At the 1900 Summer Olympics, an association football tournament was contested for the first time. Only two demonstration matches were held between the three club sides, and no medals were awarded.

France's representatives were determined by the USFSA, which elected the Parisian champion Club Français. For Belgium, after Racing Club de Bruxelles declined to participate, a student selection with players from the Université libre de Bruxelles was sent by the Federation.The team was reinforced with a few non-students. On the other hand, English club Upton Park F.C. represented Great Britain.

Despite this, the International Olympic Committee currently credits Great Britain, France and Belgium with gold, silver and bronze medals respectively as part of its attempt to reconcile early Olympic Games with the modern award scheme. The football matches were held at the Vélodrome de Vincennes in Paris.

Venue[change | change source]

The Vélodrome de Vincennes hosted all the matches

Squads[change | change source]

Matches[change | change source]

In the first game, the British squad had little difficulty defeating the USFSA XI. Upton Park led 2–0 after the first half, getting two more goals in the second to win 4–0. Gaston Peltier scored in the first minute to give the USFSA XI an early lead, but Université de Bruxelles scored twice to take a 2–1 first half lead. The French scored five goals in the second half, however, to take the match 6–2.

Club Français France0–4United Kingdom Upton Park
Nicholas Goal Goal
Turner Goal
Zealley Goal
Attendance: 500
Referee: Maignard (France)


Club Français France6–2Belgium Université de Bruxelles
Peltier Goal 1'
 ? Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal
Spanoghe Goal
van Heuckelum Goal
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Jack Wood (Great Britain)


Final ranking[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 United Kingdom Upton Park 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 2
2 France Club Français 2 1 0 1 6 6 0 2
3 Belgium Université de Bruxelles 1 0 0 1 2 6 −4 0
Source: [source?]

Medal summary[change | change source]

Medal table[change | change source]

Upton Park F.C. (left) represented Great Britain, winning the Gold medal; (right): The French team was the Club Français wearing the USFSA uniform
The Belgian team selected by the Université de Bruxelles
Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 0 1
2  France (FRA) 0 1 0 1
3  Belgium (BEL) 0 0 1 1

Medalists[change | change source]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Great Britain (GBR) [note 1]
James Jones
Claude Buckenham
William Gosling
Alfred Chalk
Tom Burridge
William Quash
Richard Turner
Fred Spackman
John Nicholas
Jack Zealley
Henry Haslam
 France (FRA) [note 2]
Pierre Allemane
Louis Bach
Alfred Bloch
Fernand Canelle
Eugène Fraysse
Virgile Gaillard
Georges Garnier
René Grandjean
Lucien Huteau
Marcel Lambert
Maurice Macaine
Gaston Peltier
 Belgium (BEL) [note 3]
Albert Delbecque
Hendrik van Heuckelum
Raul Kelecom
Marcel Leboutte
Lucien Londot
Ernest Moreau de Melen
Eugène Neefs
Gustave Pelgrims
Alphonse Renier
Hilaire Spanoghe
Eric Thornton

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Represented by Upton Park F.C..[1][2]
  2. Represented by Club Français.[1]
  3. Represented by the Université de Bruxelles.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Games of the II. Olympiad - Football Tournament by Søren Elbech and Karel Stokkermans on the RSSSF
  2. 2.0 2.1 Before the World Cup: Who were football’s earliest world champions? by Paul Brown on Medium Sports, 6 June 2018