Football at the 1984 Summer Olympics
The association football tournament at the 1984 Summer Olympics started on July 29 and ended on August 11. It was the first Olympic football competition in which professionals were allowed. Until then, the amateur-only rule had heavily favored socialist countries from Eastern Europe whose players were professionals in all but name. However, as agreed with FIFA to preserve the primacy of the World Cup, the Olympic competition was restricted to players with no more than five "A" caps at tournament start, regardless of age.
|Host country||United States|
|Dates||29 July – 11 August 1984|
|Teams||16 (from 5 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||France (1st title)|
|Goals scored||84 (2.63 per match)|
|Attendance||1,425,181 (44,537 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Borislav Cvetković |
(5 goals each)
The football tournament was held in four venues:
- Harvard Stadium (Boston)
- Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Maryland)
- Stanford Stadium (Stanford, California)
- Rose Bowl, (Pasadena, California)
The Gold Medal game between France and Brazil at the Rose Bowl attracted an Olympic Games football attendance record of 101,799. Until 2014 this remained the record attendance for a football game in the United States. This broke the previous Olympics record attendance of 100,000 set at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia for the game of the 1956 Olympic Games played between the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. The Rose Bowl attendance would remain the Olympic record until 104,098 attended the game of the 2000 Summer Olympics between Cameroon and Spain at the Stadium Australia in Sydney.
The attendance also stood as the highest for a football game in the United States until 109,318 saw Manchester United defeat Real Madrid during the 2014 International Champions Cup at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
|G||Group stage||¼||Quarterfinals||½||Semifinals||B||3rd place play-off||F||Final|
|Event↓/Date →||Sun 29||Mon 30||Tue 31||Wed 1||Thu 2||Fri 3||Sat 4||Sun 5||Mon 6||Tue 7||Wed 8||Thu 9||Fri 10||Sat 11|
Sixteen teams qualified for the Olympic tournament after continental qualifying rounds. Three Warsaw Pact countries had qualified but withdrew as part of the Soviet-led boycott. They were replaced as follows:
- East Germany were replaced by Norway.
- USSR were replaced by West Germany.
- Czechoslovakia were replaced by Italy.
|Rose Bowl||Harvard Stadium||Navy–Marine Corps Stadium||Stanford Stadium|
|Capacity: 103,300||Capacity: 30,323||Capacity: 34,000||Capacity: 84,500|
|1||France||3||1||2||0||5||4||+1||4||Qualified for quarter-finals|
|Report||Al-Muhannadi 55', 60'|
|Ahlsen 33'||Report||Brisson 5', 56'|
|Report||Vaadal 21', 52'|
|Santis 9'||Report||Lemoult 50'|
|1||Yugoslavia||3||3||0||0||7||3||+4||6||Qualified for quarter-finals|
|Gray 70'||Report||Saeed 83'|
|Mfédé 76'||Report||Mitchell 43', 82'
|Report||Deverić 55', 76', 87'
|1||Brazil||3||3||0||0||6||1||+5||6||Qualified for quarter-finals|
|Gilmar Popoca 12'
|Gilmar Popoca 86'||Report|
|Saudi Arabia||0–6||West Germany|
|Report||Schreier 8', 66'
Bommer 22', 72'
|1||Italy||3||2||0||1||2||1||+1||4||Qualified for quarter-finals|
|United States||3–0||Costa Rica|
|Davis 23', 86'
|Soliman 27'||Report||Thompson 8'|
|August 5 – Pasadena, CA|
|August 8 – Pasadena, CA|
|August 6 – Pasadena, CA|
|August 11 – Pasadena, CA|
|August 5 – Stanford, CA|
|August 8 – Stanford, CA|
|August 6 – Stanford, CA|
|Brazil (aet)||2||Bronze medal match|
|Brazil (pen)||1 (4)|
|August 10 – Pasadena, CA|
|Gilmar Popoca 72'||Report||Mitchell 58'|
|Cvetković 21', 58', 70'
Gračan 46' (pen.)
|Fanna 62'||Report||Gilmar Popoca 53'
Bronze Medal matchEdit
|Report||Vignola 27' (pen.)|
Gold Medal matchEdit
Final team rankingsEdit
|Eliminated in the quarter-finals|
|5||West Germany (FRG)||4||2||0||2||10||6||+4||4|
|Eliminated in the group stage|
|9||United States (USA)||3||1||1||1||4||2||+2||3|
|13||Costa Rica (CRC)||3||1||0||2||2||7||–5||2|
|16||Saudi Arabia (KSA)||3||0||0||3||1||10||–9||0|
With five goals, Daniel Xuereb of France, Borislav Cvetković and Stjepan Deverić of Yugoslavia are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 84 goals were scored by 52 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
In the final tournament, a player was suspended for the subsequent match in the competition for getting a red card. The following twelve players were sent off and suspended during the final tournament:
|Sebastiano Nela||in group D v Egypt||29 July||Group D v United States|
|Mohamed Sedky||in group D v Italy||29 July||Group D v Costa Rica|
|Morsy El Alaa||in group D v Italy||29 July||Group D v Costa Rica|
|Moustafa Ahmed Ismail||in group D v Italy||29 July||Group D v Costa Rica|
|Marko Elsner||in group B v Cameroon||30 July||Group B v Canada|
|Mustapha El Biyaz||in group C v West Germany||30 July||Group C v Saudi Arabia|
|Mubarak Al-Kaater||in group A v Norway||2 August||None (Qatar eliminated)|
|Issa Al-Mohammadi||in group A v Norway||2 August||None (Qatar eliminated)|
|Théophile Abega||in group B v Canada||3 August||None (Cameroon eliminated)|
|Sameer Abdulshaker||in group C v West Germany||3 August||None (Saudi Arabia eliminated)|
|Jovica Nikolić||in semi-final v France||8 August||Bronze medal match v Italy|
|Borislav Cvetković||in semi-final v France||8 August||Bronze medal match v Italy|
- "Football at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
- José Touré: "It was at the Olympic Games that I realised I was an athlete" FIFA.com. Retrieved 25 August 2011