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Olympic Games - Football

Men

Football was the first team sport to be included in the Olympics when it made its official bow in London in 1908, having been seen as a "demonstration sport" at the previous three Games. The founding of FIFA in 1904 produced the momentum to allow football to take its place alongside the likes of athletics and swimming. It is now seen as an important part of the spectacular sporting festival, albeit with predominantly under-23 squads displaying only a smattering of established international stars, so as to avoid competing directly with the World Cup. Only three players aged over 23 are allowed in each 18-man squad.
Great Britain refused to enter a team in 1924 and 1928 as a protest against alleged "professionals" competing at the Games, with similar sentiments from other countries leading to the World Cup beginning in 1930.
Up until 1984 professionals were barred from taking part, allowing the state-funded "amateurs" of Eastern Europe to dominate proceedings from 1952-1980.
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YEAR
GOLD
SILVER
BRONZE
1908
GREAT BRITAIN
Denmark         
Netherlands
1912
GREAT BRITAIN
Denmark
Netherlands
1920
BELGIUM
Spain *
Netherlands
1924
URUGUAY
Switzerland
Sweden
1928
URUGUAY
Argentina
Italy
1936
ITALY
Austria
Norway
1948
SWEDEN
Yugoslavia
Denmark
1952
HUNGARY
Yugoslavia
Sweden
1956
SOVIET UNION
Yugoslavia
Bulgaria
1960
YUGOSLAVIA
Denmark
Hungary
1964
HUNGARY
Czechoslovakia
Germany
1968
HUNGARY
Bulgaria
Japan
1972
POLAND
Hungary
~Gdr/Urs
1976
EAST GERMANY
Poland
Urs
1980
CZECHOSLOVAKIA
East Germany
Urs
1984
FRANCE
Brazil
Yugoslavia
1988
SOVIET UNION
Brazil
Frg
1992
SPAIN
Poland
Ghana
1996
NIGERIA
Argentina 
Brazil
2000
CAMEROON
Spain
Chile
2004
ARGENTINA
Paraguay
Italy
2008
ARGENTINA
Nigeria
Brazil
2012 MEXICO Brazil Kor
2016 BRAZIL Germany Nigeria

* Spain awarded silver medals after Czechoslovakia were disqualifed for walking off the pitch during the final, as a protest against refereeing decisions.
~Two sets of Bronze medals awarded after play-off finished all-square after extra time

Women

A part of the Games since 1996. The key difference between it and the men's tournament is that there are no restrictions on which players can take part. So, therefore, it holds a similar status in the female game to the World Cup.

YEAR
GOLD
SILVER
BRONZE
 1996
UNITED STATES
 China
 Norway
2000
 NORWAY
Usa
Germany
2004
UNITED STATES
Brazil
Germany
2008
UNITED STATES
Brazil
Germany
2012 UNITED STATES Japan Canada

 
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