Football at the 1906 Intercalated Games

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Football at the 1906 Intercalated Games
Football pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host countryGreece
City Athens
Dates23–25 April
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (1st title)
Runners-up Flag of the Ottoman Empire.svg Smyrna
Third place Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg Thessaloniki
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored23 (5.75 per match)

At the 1906 Summer Olympics in Athens (often referred to as the "Intercalated Games"), an unofficial football event was held. Only four teams competed, three of them were clubs from Greece and the Ottoman Empire. Medal tables gave the gold to Denmark and the silver and bronze to Turkey. [1]


The Athens team withdrew from the final at half time, and were then invited to play off in a match to decide second place[ citation needed ], but declined and were promptly ejected from the tournament.

Smyrna and Thessaloniki, both then cities in the Ottoman Empire, played off instead. The Thessaloniki team composition was Greek from the group of "Friends of the Arts" (Omilos Philomuson, later Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C.). [2] The Smyrna team consisted of English, French and Armenian players.

The Danish team was a selection of players from Copenhagen Football Association. [2]

The goalkeepers of this tournament are unknown.


23 April
Final, 24 April
Second Place Match, 25 April


Thessaloniki Salonica Society of Friends of music.jpg
Smyrna Smyrna squad in 1906.jpg
Denmark Kobenhavn 1906.jpg

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  1. "Football: 1906 Intercalated Games Results". Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 Søren Elbech, Karel Stokkermans 1906 Summer Olympics at Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation