An Olympic Sport?

19th June, 2012.      //   Market Intelligence  // 
Football was not on the original modern Olympic Games programme, perhaps unsurprisingly, as international football was in its infancy in 1896.

However, some sources claim that an unofficial football tournament was organised during the first competition, in which an Athens XI lost to a team representing Smyrna (Izmir), then part of the Ottoman Empire. Smyrna went on to be beaten (15-0) by a team from Denmark.
Source: June 2012

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