Olympics Football Tickets

With Henri Delaney?s proposal, in 1929, to commence a professional World Championship of football, FIFA did not want the Olympic tournament to overshadow their own showpiece event, so football was dropped from the 1932 Los Angeles Games, and it returned at the 1936 Berlin Games. The German organizers were intent on the return of the game to the Olympic movement since it guaranteed vital income into the organization?s coffers. In any event, it proved to be a considerable success, more so since the German national side was defeated by Norway in a second round match that was attended by Adolf Hitler. As professionalism spread around the world, the gap in quality between the two tournaments widened. The countries that benefited most were the Soviet Bloc countries of Eastern Europe, where the top athletes were state sponsored while retaining their status as amateurs. Between 1948 and 1980, 23 out of 27 Olympic medals were won by Eastern European countries, with only Sweden with gold, Denmark with silver and Japan with bronze breaking their dominance.

For football large stadium was required and for this purpose Olympic venues were always set far away from the main cities. It could be 120 miles away from the main city. One known example was two early-round venues for the 1984 Games were on the U.S. East Coast, well over 2,000 miles from the host city of Los Angeles. The next Games held in the United States, the 1996 Games, were unique in that no matches were held in the host city of Atlanta; the nearest venue and the site of all finals was about 65 miles away on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.