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Football at the 1968 Summer Olympics

The 1968 Olympic football tournament was played as part of the 1968 Summer Olympics. The tournament features 16 men's national teams from five continental confederations. The 16 teams are drawn into four groups of four and each group plays a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the gold medal match at the Azteca Stadium on 26 October 1968. This was the first time an Asian team won a medal, Japan claiming bronze.[1]

Football at the 1968 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host countryMexico
Dates13–26 October
Teams16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Hungary
Runners-up Bulgaria
Third place Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored116 (3.63 per match)
1964
1972

QualificationEdit

VenuesEdit

MedalistsEdit

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  France 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 4
  Mexico 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 4
  Colombia 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 2
  Guinea 3 1 0 2 4 9 −5 2

Mexico  1–0  Colombia
Estrada   6' Report

France  3–1  Guinea
Hallet   61'
Horlaville   64'
Perrigaud   70'
Report Maxim   79'

Guinea  3–2  Colombia
Ndongo   26'
Bouya   58'   84'
Report Santa   49'
Mosquera   66'

France  4–1  Mexico
Case   20'   69'
Tamboueon   30'
Medina   36' (o.g.)
Report Victorino   26'

Mexico  4–0  Guinea
Pereda   70'   85'
Pulido Rodríguez   86'   88'
Report

Colombia  2–1  France
Tamayo Hoyos   14'
Jaramillo   35'
Report Tamboueon   59'

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spain 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 5
  Japan 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 4
  Brazil 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
  Nigeria 3 0 1 2 4 9 −5 1

Spain  1–0  Brazil
Fernández   77' Report

Japan  3–1  Nigeria
Kamamoto   24'   72'   89' Report Okoye   33'

Spain  3–0  Nigeria
Ortuño   27'
Grande   52'   69'
Report

Brazil  1–1  Japan
Ferretti   9' Report Watanabe   83'

Brazil  3–3  Nigeria
Ferretti   50'
Olumodeji   59' (o.g.)
Tião   65'
Report Olayombo   10'   41'
Anieke   19'

Spain  0–0  Japan
Report

Group CEdit

Ghana replaced Morocco, who refused to play Israel.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Hungary 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 5
  Israel 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2 4
  Ghana 3 0 2 1 6 8 −2 2
  El Salvador 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1

Israel  5–3  Ghana
Spiegel   11'   75'
Feigenbaum   16'   30'   70'
Report Jabir   18'   79'
Amosa   35'

Hungary  4–0  El Salvador
Menczel   19'
A. Dunai   47'
Fazekas   51'
Sárközi   68'
Report

Hungary  2–2  Ghana
A. Dunai   15'
Menczel   17'
Report Sunday   12'
Sampene   33'

Israel  3–1  El Salvador
Talbi   20'
Spiegler   44'
Bar   85'
Report Martínez   35'

El Salvador  1–1  Ghana
Rodríguez   42' Report Kofi   55'

Hungary  2–0  Israel
A. Dunai   40'   75' Report

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Bulgaria 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 5
  Guatemala 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 4
  Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 10 3 +7 3
  Thailand 3 0 0 3 1 19 −18 0

Guatemala  1–0  Czechoslovakia
Stokes   28' Report

Bulgaria  7–0  Thailand
Gyonin   25'
Zhekov   55'
Mihaylov   56'   61'
Zafirov   73'
Nikodimov   85'
Ivkov   88'
Report

Bulgaria  2–2  Czechoslovakia
Georgiev   44'
Zhekov   77'
Report Jarabinský   25'
Petráš   42'

Guatemala  4–1  Thailand
N. Melgar   23'   85'
Roldán   55'
López Oliva   67'
Report Udomsilp Sornbutnark   44'

Bulgaria  2–1  Guatemala
Nikodimov   50'
Zhekov   84'
Report López Oliva   88'

Czechoslovakia  8–0  Thailand
Herbst   12'
Petráš   17'   18'   67'
Stratil   28'   34'
Večerek   38'
Krnáč   83'
Report

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
20 October – Guadalajara
 
 
  Hungary1
 
22 October – Mexico City
 
  Guatemala0
 
  Hungary5
 
20 October – Mexico City
 
  Japan0
 
  Japan3
 
26 October – Mexico City
 
  France1
 
  Hungary4
 
20 October – Leon
 
  Bulgaria1
 
  Bulgaria1
 
22 October – Guadalajara
 
  Israel1
 
  Bulgaria3
 
20 October – Puebla
 
  Mexico2 Bronze medal match
 
  Mexico2
 
24 October – Mexico City
 
  Spain0
 
  Japan2
 
 
  Mexico0
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Mexico  2–0  Spain
Morales   34'
Pereda   48'
Report

Hungary  1–0  Guatemala
Szűcs   69' Report

Japan  3–1  France
Kamamoto   27'   59'
Watanabe   70'
Report Tamboueon   32'

Bulgaria  1–1  Israel
Hristakiev   5' Report Feigenbaum   89'

Bulgaria progressed after a drawing of lots.

Semi-finalsEdit

Mexico  2–3  Bulgaria
Morales   39'
Pulido Rodríguez   48'
Report Zhekov   8'
Mihaylov   9'
Veselinov   58'

Hungary  5–0  Japan
Szűcs   30'   60'   75'
Novák   53'   65'
Report

Bronze Medal matchEdit

Japan  2–0  Mexico
Kamamoto   20'   40' Report
Attendance: 105,000
Referee: Abraham Klein  

Gold Medal matchEdit

Bulgaria finished the match with only eight players after having three players sent off.[6]

Hungary  4–1  Bulgaria
Menczel   40'
A. Dunai   41'   49'
Juhász   62'
Report 1 Veselinov   22'
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Diego De Leo (Mexico)

GoalscorersEdit

With seven goals, Kunishige Kamamoto of Japan is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 116 goals were scored by 68 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

7 goals
6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Final RankingEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Hungary (HUN) 6 5 1 0 18 3 +15 11
2   Bulgaria (BUL) 6 3 2 1 16 10 +6 8
3   Japan (JPN) 6 3 2 1 9 8 +1 8
4   Mexico (MEX) 6 3 0 3 10 9 +1 6
5   Israel (ISR) 4 2 1 1 9 7 +2 5
6   Spain (ESP) 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2 5
7   France (FRA) 4 2 0 2 9 7 +2 4
8   Guatemala (GUA) 4 2 0 2 6 4 +2 4
9   Czechoslovakia (TCH) 3 1 1 1 10 3 +7 3
10   Colombia (COL) 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 2
11   Guinea (GUI) 3 1 0 2 4 9 −5 2
12   Ghana (GHA) 3 0 2 1 6 8 −2 2
13   Brazil (BRA) 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
14   Nigeria (NGR) 3 0 1 2 4 9 −5 1
15   El Salvador (ESA) 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
16   Thailand (THA) 3 0 0 3 1 19 −18 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ 1968 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. Part 1. p. 78. Accessed 4 November 2010. (in English) & (in French)
  3. ^ 1968 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. Part 1. p. 75. Accessed 4 November 2010. (in English) & (in French)
  4. ^ a b 1968 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. Part 1. p. 79. Accessed 4 November 2010. (in English) & (in French)
  5. ^ "WorldReferee.com - referee - Augusto Robles Morán - bio". worldreferee.com.
  6. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 288. ISBN 0140066322.

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