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The ‘Nordic Football Championship’ was an international football competition contested by the men’s national football teams of the Nordic countries. In the first tournament (1924–1928) only Denmark, Norway and Sweden competed; Finland joined for the second tournament, and at the last tournament (2000–2001) Iceland and the Faroe Islands also competed. The tournament was created on Danish initiative and the first edition, won by Denmark, was started in 1924: it was played as a round robin group where the three teams met each other five times for a total of ten matches each. For the second tournament also the Football Association of Finland was invited, and it was also decided to play the tournaments over four years, with each team playing 12 matches, four against each other team, two at home and two away. The second edition was won by Norway, but the following nine tournaments, played between 1933 and 1977, were completely dominated by Sweden. The ‘Nordic Football Championship’ gained popularity after the war (the matches were important as preparation for larger tournaments such as the World Cup and the Olympics), but it lost significance in the 1970s. A non-recurrent edition was played in 2000–01, to which the Football Association of Iceland and the Faroe Islands Football Association were also invited. Sweden won a total of 9 editions, Denmark 3, Norway and Finland one each.

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