1928  Amsterdam Summer Olympics

1928 Summer Olympics - The Results (Football)

Football at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games



Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date Started: May 27, 1928
Date Finished: June 13, 1928
Events: 1

Participants: 219 (219 men and 0 women) from 17 countries
Youngest Participant: MEX Juan Terrazas (18 years, 174 days)
Oldest Participant: BEL Jean De Bie (36 years, 18 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 50 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal



Football was contested in a single-elimination tournament in which 17 teams competed, with Estonia withdrawing. Uruguay was the defending champion and repeated as gold medalist by defeating Argentina. In the final, their first match resulted in a 1-1 tie, but Uruguay won the replay 2-1. The 1928 football tournament was contested at two venues, the main Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam and the Amsterdamsche Stadion. The Amsterdamsche Stadion was built in 1924 and was also called the Harry Elte Stadion after the architect who had designed it.

Football was on the Olympic Program at every Olympics from 1900-28, but it would not be on the Olympic Program at the 1932 Olympics. In February 1928 FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) voted to contest a World Cup competition, open to all players, beginning in 1930. FIFA was no longer pleased that the IOC controlled Olympic football, and that the amateur rules for the Olympics prevented many of the best football players from competing. Due to the dispute between the IOC and FIFA over Olympic eligibility, with FIFA playing hardball as they tried to establish the World Cup as the premier football tournament, football would not be contested at the 1932 Olympics.


Title holders Uruguay opened their campaign against the home team. Massive public interest saw about 30,000 gathering before the ticket office. They waited the entire night before the remaining 9,000 tickets went on sale. The favoured South Americans easily made into the semi-finals, where they beat the evenly matched Italians. The other semi-final saw Argentina play Egypt. Cheered on by a "Go Tutankhamen" yell from the Dutch spectators, the Egyptians had surprisingly beaten Turkey and Portugal, but they were no match for the Argentinians, and lost 0-6. Italy then thrashed them 11-3 in the bronze medal match. The final between Uruguay and Argentina was not as attractive as expected, and after 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time, both teams had only managed to score once. The replay saw Uruguay dominate the match in the first half, which nevertheless ended in 1-1. Despite playing a very offensive second half, the Argentine had to concede the tournament-winning goal in the 68th minute. Two Argentine players, [Raimundo Orsi] and [Luis Felipe Monti] would win the World Cup in 1934, playing for Italy.

After the Olympics, a consolation tournament was held. Although it was ratified by the FIFA, it was not organized by the Amsterdam Olympic organization, and we do not consider these matches as Olympics. Only four teams participated in that tournament (Netherlands, Belgium, Chile and Mexico), the home team winning by drawing lots after a 2-2 draw with Chile.

Football was one of the tournament at the 1928 Summer Olympics. It was won by Uruguay against Argentina, and was the last Olympic football tournament before the inception of the FIFA World Cup, which was held for the first time in 1930



Olympic Stadium Old Stadion
Capacity: 33,005 Capacity: 29,787
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Football at the 1928 Summer Olympics is located in Greater Amsterdam
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Football at the 1928 Summer Olympics
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Uruguay, winner of the tournament
The Argentina team won the Silver Medal


Gold Silver Bronze
José Andrade
Juan Peregrino Anselmo
Pedro Arispe
Juan Arremón
Venancio Bartibás
Fausto Batignani
René Borjas
Antonio Campolo
Adhemar Canavesi
Héctor Castro
Pedro Cea
Lorenzo Fernández
Roberto Figueroa
Álvaro Gestido
Andrés Mazali
Ángel Melogno
José Nasazzi
Pedro Petrone
Juan Piriz
Héctor Scarone
Domingo Tejera
Santos Urdinarán
Ludovico Bidoglio
Ángel Bossio
Saúl Calandra
Alfredo Carricaberry
Roberto Cherro
Octavio Díaz
Juan Evaristo
Manuel Ferreira
Enrique Gainzarain
Alfredo Helman
Segundo Luna
Ángel Segundo Medici
Luis Monti
Pedro Ochoa
Rodolfo Orlandini
Raimundo Orsi
Fernando Paternoster
Feliciano Perducca
Natalio Perinetti
Domingo Tarasconi
Luis Weihmuller
Adolfo Zumelzú
Elvio Banchero
Virgilio Felice Levratto
Pietro Pastore
Gino Rossetti
Attilio Ferraris
Enrico Rivolta
Felice Gasperi
Alfredo Pitto
Pietro Genovesi
Antonio Janni
Fulvio Bernardini
Silvio Pietroboni
Andrea Viviano
Delfo Bellini
Umberto Caligaris
Virginio Rosetta
Giampiero Combi
Giovanni De Prà
Adolfo Baloncieri
Mario Magnozzi
Angelo Schiavio
Valentino Degani


Up to 1928 the Olympic football tournament had represented the World Championship of football; (and understandably so: the 1920 (14), 1924 (22) and 1928 tournaments (17) all had greater participation than that of the first World Cup in 1930). Yet this presented a significant problem for the governing body, FIFA, since the tournament, though organised and run by FIFA, was an event subject to the ethical foundation that underpinned the Olympic movement.

That all Olympic competitors had to maintain an amateur status had, for a length of time, been a constraint that football was unable to uphold. Increasingly, FIFA had sought to appease those nations that required concessions in order that players could participate in the Olympics. This required there to be an acceptance that irregular payment could be made to players by national associations: the so-called 'broken time payments' by which loss of pay and expenses would be met. On February 17, 1928 the four 'home' associations of the United Kingdom, meeting in Sheffield voted unanimously to withdraw from FIFA in opposition to the manner in which the governing body was seeking to dictate on such matters and, as was noted 'that (the four Associations) be free to conduct their affairs in the way their long experience has shown them to be desirable'.

For Henri Delaunay, President of the French Football Federation the writing was on the wall; FIFA must wait no longer to put into practice an international tournament, freed from ideological shackles. In 1926 he stated, at the FIFA Conference: 'Today international football can no longer be held within the confines of the Olympics; and many countries where professionalism is now recognised and organised cannot any longer be represented there by their best players'. The day before the tournament began, on May 26, 1928 (Portugal played Chile; Belgium played Luxembourg in the opening games) the FIFA congress in Amsterdam presided over by Jules Rimet, voted that a new FIFA World Cup tournament be organised in 1930 and be open to all member nations. Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain and Uruguay would all lodge applications to host the event.


By 1926, three years had passed since the British Associations had asked FIFA to accept their definition of what an amateur player was; FIFA had refused. The Rome Convention was called to try to coax the British and Danes back into the fold; it proved only to distance them. Switzerland, a nation that favoured broken time payments suggested: It is not allowed to pay compensation for broken time, except in some well-circumscribed cases, to be fixed by each National Association. This challenge to the centralised authority of FIFA was disputed by the Football Association. In 1927 FIFA asked the Olympic committee to accept the concept of broken time payments as an overriding condition for the competing members. The British Associations consequently withdrew from the Olympiad and a few months later withdrew from FIFA (Association Football (1960)) The Egyptian squad

Uruguay were considered to be the strongest side with the Argentinians shading the advantage between the two. Upon returning home in 1924 Uruguay had ceded to a request to play a disbelieving Argentina in a two staged contest; Argentinian fans hurling missiles at Jose Leandro Andrade to the extent that he had with adopt a position deep in-field. The Argentinians won.[4] Uruguay, the defending Olympic champions, once again sent a side made up, predominantly, by the personnel of their two biggest clubs: Nacional and, to a lesser degree, Peñarol.

The Europeans

The competition was more competitive than the 1924 edition. Ten European nations (17 in all) had made the journey to the Netherlands for the competition. The Italians had been defeated only twice in three years. The Italian coach, Augusto Rangone, had been a beneficiary of the national federation's decision in 1923 to permit subsidies to cover player's lost wages. For two years his forward line had remained comparatively the same: Adolfo Baloncieri, Virgilio Levratto; even the loss of the Argentinian-Italian Julio Libonatti before the tournament was made good by the inclusion of Angelo Schiavio. Spain had been defeated once since the last Olympic Games. After the first game, however, they lost their experienced captain Pedro Vallana.

Final tournament

Uruguay immediately dispatched the hosts, the Netherlands, 2-0 in front of 40,000 people with none of the controversy that had surrounded their previous encounter at the 1924 Summer Olympics. The game was controlled by Jean Langenus, a performance which was recognised. Meanwhile, the Argentinians had little difficulty against the United States winning 11-2. Elsewhere Germany were defeated by the Uruguayans 4-1. In another quarter-final the Italians encountered Spain. In the first game they reached a tie with the Spanish fighting back from a half time deficit to force a replay. In the replay three days later the Azzurri scored four without response before the break. Rangone kept faith in a largely unchanged team. Spain, on the other hand, had gambled by making five changes to Italy's two. Portugal, after wins over Chile (4-2) and Yugoslavia (2-1)[5] lost to Egypt 2-1. The African side advanced to a semi-final tie against Argentina.

Preliminary round

May 27, 1928
Portugal  4–2  Chile
Vítor Silva Goal 38'
Pepe Goal 40'50'
Valdemar Mota Goal 63'
  Saavedra Goal 14'
Carbonell Goal 30'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 2,309
Referee: Youssuf Mohamed (EGY)

First round

May 27, 1928
Belgium  5–3  Luxembourg
R. Braine Goal 9'72'
Versijp Goal 20'
Moeschal Goal 23'67'
  Schutz Goal 31'
Weisgerber Goal 42'
Theissen Goal 44'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 5,834
Referee: Lorenzo Martínez (ARG)

May 28, 1928
Germany  4–0   Switzerland
Hofmann Goal 17'75'85'
Hornauer Goal 42'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 16,158
Referee: Willem Eymers (NED)

May 28, 1928
Egypt  7–1  Turkey
El-Hassany Goal 20' (pen.)
Riad Goal 27'
Mokhtar Goal 46'50'63'
El-Sayed Hooda Goal 53'
El-Zobeir Goal 86'
  Refet Goal 71'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 2,744
Referee: Marcel Slawick (FRA)

May 29, 1928
Italy  4–3  France
Rosetti Goal 19'
Levratto Goal 39'
Banchero Goal 43'
Baloncieri Goal 60'
  Brouzes Goal 15'17'
Dauphin Goal 61'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 2,509
Referee: Henri Christophe (BEL)

May 29, 1928
Portugal  2–1  Yugoslavia
Vítor Silva Goal 25'
Augusto Silva Goal 90'
  Bonačić Goal 40'
Old Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 1,226
Referee: Alfred Birlem (GER)

May 29, 1928
Argentina  11–2  United States
Ferreira Goal 9'29'
Tarasconi Goal 24'63'66'89'
Orsi Goal 41'73'
Cherro Goal 47'49'57'
  Kuntner Goal 55'
Caroll Goal 75'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 3,848
Referee: Paul Ruoff (SUI)

May 30, 1928
Spain  7–1  Mexico
Regueiro Goal 13'27'
Yermo Goal 43'63'85'
Marculeta Goal 66'
Mariscal Goal 70'
  Carreño Goal 76'
Old Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 2,344
Referee: Gabor Boronkay (HUN)

May 30, 1928
Netherlands  0–2  Uruguay
    Scarone Goal 20'
Urdinarán Goal 86'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 27,730
Referee: Jan Langenus (BEL)


June 1, 1928
Italy  1–1  Spain
Baloncieri Goal 63'   Zaldua Goal 11'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 3,388
Referee: Domingo Lombardi (URU)
June 4, 1928
Italy  7–1  Spain
Magnozzi Goal 14'
Schiavo Goal 15'
Baloncieri Goal 18'
Bernardini Goal 40'
Rivolta Goal 72'
Levratto Goal 76'77'
  Yermo Goal 47'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 4,770
Referee: Hans Boekman (NED)

June 2, 1928
Argentina  6–3  Belgium
Tarasconi Goal 1'10'75'89'
Ferreira Goal 4'
Orsi Goal 81'
  R. Braine Goal 24'
Vanhalme Goal 28'
Moeschal Goal 53'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 16,399
Referee: Gamma Malcher (ITA)

June 3, 1928
Uruguay  4–1  Germany
Petrone Goal 35'39'84'
Castro Goal 63'
  Hofmann Goal 81'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 25,131
Referee: Youssuf Mohamed (EGY)

June 4, 1928
Egypt  2–1  Portugal
Mokhtar Goal 15'
Riad Goal 48'
  Vítor Silva Goal 76'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 3,448
Referee: Giovanni Mauro (ITA)


This meant that in the semi-final Italy played Uruguay. The Italians selected Giampiero Combi in goal, Angelo Schiavio, in attack. Both would be crowned World champions at the 1934 FIFA World Cup. In this game the Uruguayans stormed to a convincing lead by the break; Levratto's goal in the second half flattered the Italians because Uruguay ran out comfortable winners by the odd goal in 5; José Pedro Cea, Héctor Scarone scoring for the Celestes.

June 6, 1928
Argentina  6–0  Egypt
Cherro Goal 10'
Ferreira Goal 32'82'
Tarasconi Goal 37'54'61'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 7,887
Referee: Pedro Escartín (ESP)

June 7, 1928
Uruguay  3–2  Italy
Cea Goal 17'
Campolo Goal 28'
Scarone Goal 31'
  Baloncieri Goal 9'
Levratto Goal 60'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 15,230
Referee: Willem Eymers (NED)

Bronze medal match

June 9, 1928
Italy  11–3  Egypt
Schiavo Goal 6'42'58'
Baloncieri Goal 14'52'
Banchero Goal 19'39'44'
Magnozzi Goal 72'80'88'
  Riad Goal 12'16'
El-Ezam Goal 60'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 6,378
Referee: Jan Langenus (BEL)

Gold medal match


In the final the Uruguayans played Argentina who had trounced Egypt who would now fold like a house of cards; clearly out of their depth against more sophisticated opposition, conceding 6 goals to Argentina and as many as eleven to Italy in the Bronze medal match.

The final itself was a close - run affair. Both nations had been undefeated in competitive matches against other nations but had traded losses to each other since the last Olympic competition. The interest, understandably, was immense. The Dutch had received 250,000 requests for tickets from all over Europe.

Uruguay-Argentina captains, referee Johannes Mutters and linesmen before the final match
Once again, there was little in it; the first game finished 1-1. The tie went to a replay. Uruguay's Scarone converted the winner in the second half of that game. It seemed only fair and fitting that on May 18, 1929, the Barcelona congress voted that Uruguay be the first nation to host a World Cup.

First leg

June 10, 1928
Uruguay  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Argentina
Petrone Goal 23'   Ferreira Goal 50'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 28,253
Referee: Johannes Mutters (NED)


June 13, 1928
Uruguay  2–1  Argentina
Figueroa Goal 17'
Scarone Goal 73'
  Monti Goal 28'
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Attendance: 28,113
Referee: Johannes Mutters (NED)
GK Andres Mazali
RB José Nasazzi (c)
LB Pedro Arispe
RH José Andrade
CH Juan Píriz
LH Álvaro Gestido
OR Juan Arremón
IR Héctor Scarone
CF René Borjas
IL Pedro Cea
OL Roberto Figueroa
GK Ángel Bossio
RB Ludovico Bidoglio
LB Fernando Paternoster
RH Segundo Médici
CH Luis Monti
LH Juan Evaristo
OR Alfredo Carricaberry
IR Domingo Tarasconi
CF Manuel Ferreira
IL Feliciano Perducca
OL Raimundo Orsi

Bolivia Ulises Saucedo
Belgium Henri Christophe

Consolation first round

The consolation tournament was ratified by FIFA but, as it was not organized by the Amsterdam Olympic organization, Olympic historians do not consider these matches to be part of the 1928 Summer Olympics.[6]

June 5, 1928
Netherlands  3–1  Belgium
Ghering Goal 4'
Smeets Goal 6'
Tap Goal 63'
  P. Braine Goal 85'
Sparta-Stadion Het Kasteel, Rotterdam
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Gamma Malcher (ITA)

June 5, 1928
Chile  3–1  Mexico
Subiabre Goal 24'48'89'   Sota Goal 15'
Monnikenhuize, Arnhem
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Johannes Mutters (NED)

Consolation final

June 8, 1928
Netherlands  2–2  Chile
Ghering Goal 59'
Smeets Goal 66'
  Bravo Goal 55'
Alfaro Goal 89'
Sparta-Stadion Het Kasteel, Rotterdam
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Guillermo Comorera (ESP)
  • Note: The Netherlands wins after drawing of lots but the Cup was awarded to Chile


  Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
  30 May - Amsterdam                
   Uruguay 2
  3 June - Amsterdam
   Netherlands 0  
   Uruguay 4
  28 May - Amsterdam
     Germany 1  
   Germany 4
    7 June - Amsterdam
    Switzerland 0  
   Uruguay 3
  29 May - Amsterdam
     Italy 2  
   Italy 4
  1 and 4 June - Amsterdam  
   France 3  
   Italy (Rematch) 1 (7)
  30 May - Amsterdam
     Spain 1 (1)  
   Spain 7
    10 and 13 June - Amsterdam
   Mexico 1  
   Uruguay (Rematch) 1 (2)
  28 May - Amsterdam
     Argentina 1 (1)
   Egypt 7
  4 June - Amsterdam  
   Turkey 1  
   Egypt 2
  29 May - Amsterdam
     Portugal 1  
   Portugal 2
    6 June - Amsterdam
   Yugoslavia 1  
   Argentina 6
  27 May - Amsterdam
     Egypt 0   Third place
   Belgium 5
  2 June - Amsterdam   9 June - Amsterdam
   Luxembourg 3  
   Argentina 6  Italy 11
  29 May - Amsterdam
     Belgium 3    Egypt 3
   Argentina 11
   United States 2  


11 goals
  • Argentina Domingo Tarasconi (Argentina)
6 goals
  • Argentina Manuel Ferreira (Argentina)
  • Italy Adolfo Baloncieri (Italy)
4 goals
  • Argentina Roberto Cherro (Argentina)
  • Belgium Raymond Braine (Belgium)
  • Egypt Ali Mohamed Riad (Egypt)
  • Egypt El-Tetsh (Egypt)
  • Germany Richard Hofmann (Germany)
  • Italy Elvio Banchero (Italy)
  • Italy Virgilio Levratto (Italy)
  • Italy Mario Magnozzi (Italy)
  • Italy Angelo Schiavio (Italy)
  • Spain José Maria Yermo (Spain)
  • Uruguay Pedro Petrone (Uruguay)
3 goals
  • Argentina Raimundo Orsi (Argentina)
  • Belgium Jacques Moeschal (Belgium)
  • Chile Guillermo Subiabre (Chile)
  • Portugal Vítor Silva (Portugal)
  • Uruguay Héctor Scarone (Uruguay)
2 goals
  • France Juste Brouzes (France)
  • Netherlands Leonardus Ghering (Netherlands)
  • Netherlands Felix Smeets (Netherlands)
  • Portugal Pepe Soares (Portugal)
  • Spain Luis Regueiro (Spain)
1 goal
  • Argentina Luis Monti (Argentina)
  • Belgium Florimond Vanhalme (Belgium)
  • Belgium Louis Versyp (Belgium)
  • Chile Oscar Alfaro (Chile)
  • Chile Alejandro Carbonell (Chile)
  • Chile Manuel Bravo Paredes (Chile)
  • Chile Guillermo Saavedra (Chile)
  • Egypt Moussa Hassan El-Ezam (Egypt)
  • Egypt Ali El-Hassany (Egypt)
  • Egypt Ismail El-Sayed Hooda (Egypt)
  • Egypt Gamil El-Zobeir (Egypt)
  • France Robert Dauphin (France)
  • Germany Josef Hornauer (Germany)
  • Italy Fulvio Bernardini (Italy)
  • Italy Enrico Rivolta (Italy)
  • Italy Gino Rossetti (Italy)
  • Luxembourg Guillaume Schutz (Luxembourg)
  • Luxembourg Robert Theissen (Luxembourg)
  • Luxembourg Jean-Pierre Weisgerber (Luxembourg)
  • Mexico Juan Carreño (Mexico)
  • Mexico Ernesto Sota (Mexico)
  • Netherlands Wim Tap (Netherlands)
  • Portugal Valdemar Mota (Portugal)
  • Portugal Augusto Silva (Portugal)
  • Spain Martín Marculeta (Spain)
  • Spain Ángel Mariscal (Spain)
  • Spain Domingo Zaldúa (Spain)
  • Turkey Bekir Refet (Turkey)
  • United States Henry Carroll (United States)
  • United States Rudy Kuntner (United States)
  • Uruguay Antonio Campolo (Uruguay)
  • Uruguay Héctor Castro (Uruguay)
  • Uruguay Pedro Cea (Uruguay)
  • Uruguay Roberto Figueroa (Uruguay)
  • Uruguay Santos Urdinarán (Uruguay)
  • Kingdom of Yugoslavia Mirko Bonačić (Yugoslavia)
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