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Football at the 1984 Summer Olympics

The association football (soccer) tournament at the 1984 Summer Olympics started on July 29 and ended on August 11.[1] It was the first Olympic soccer 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.

1984 Olympic Football Tournament
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Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
Dates (1984-07-29) (1984-08-11)29 July – 11 August 1984
(13 days)
Teams16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (1st title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Yugoslavia
Fourth place Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored84 (2.63 per match)
Attendance1,425,181 (44,537 per match)
Top scorer(s)Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Borislav Cvetković
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Stjepan Deverić
France Daniel Xuereb
(5 goals each)
1980
1988

The soccer tournament was held in four venues:

The Gold Medal game between France and Brazil at the Rose Bowl attracted an Olympic Games soccer attendance record of 101,799. Until 2014 this remained the record attendance for a soccer 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 soccer 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.

ScheduleEdit

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
Men's tournament G G G G G G ¼ ¼ ½ B F

QualifyingEdit

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:

VenuesEdit

MedalistsEdit

Match officialsEdit

SquadsEdit

Final tournamentEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 4 Qualified for quarter-finals
2   Chile 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
3   Norway 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
4   Qatar 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Norway  0–0  Chile
Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Socha (USA)

France  2–2  Qatar
Garande   43'
Xuereb   61'
Report Al-Muhannadi   55'60'
Attendance: 29,240
Referee: Filho (BRA)

Norway  1–2  France
Ahlsen   33' Report Brisson   5'56'
Attendance: 27,832
Referee: Roth (FRG)

Chile  1–0  Qatar
Baeza   52' Report
Attendance: 14,508
Referee: Siles (CRC)

Qatar  0–2  Norway
Report Vaadal   21'52'
Attendance: 17,529
Referee: Kalombo (MWI)

Chile  1–1  France
Santis   9' Report Lemoult   50'
Attendance: 28,114
Referee: Keizer (NED)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Yugoslavia 3 3 0 0 7 3 +4 6 Qualified for quarter-finals
2   Canada 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
3   Cameroon 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 2
4   Iraq 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Canada  1–1  Iraq
Gray   70' Report Saeed   83'
Attendance: 16,730
Referee: Díaz (COL)

Yugoslavia  2–1  Cameroon
Nikolić   39'
Cvetković   70'
Report Milla   32'
Attendance: 15,010
Referee: Keizer (NED)

Cameroon  1–0  Iraq
Bahoken   7' Report
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Socha (USA)

Yugoslavia  1–0  Canada
Nikolić   76' Report

Cameroon  1–3  Canada
Mfédé   76' Report Mitchell   43'82'
Vrablic   72'
Attendance: 27,621
Referee: Barbaresco (ITA)

Iraq  2–4  Yugoslavia
Saeed   17'
Shihab   43'
Report Deverić   55'76'87'
Nikolić   86'
Attendance: 24,430
Referee: Sano (JPN)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 6 Qualified for quarter-finals
2   West Germany 3 2 0 1 8 1 +7 4
3   Morocco 3 1 0 2 1 4 −3 2
4   Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 0
West Germany  2–0  Morocco
Rahn   43'
Brehme   52'
Report
Attendance: 23.228
Referee: Evangelista (CAN)

Brazil  3–1  Saudi Arabia
Gilmar Popoca   12'
Silvinho   50'
Dunga   59'
Report Abdullah   69'
Attendance: 40,799
Referee: McGinlay (GBR)

Brazil  1–0  West Germany
Gilmar Popoca   86' Report
Attendance: 75,239
Referee: Cha (KOR)

Morocco  1–0  Saudi Arabia
Merry   72' Report
Attendance: 36,909
Referee: Šoštarič (YUG)

Saudi Arabia  0–6  West Germany
Report Schreier   8'66'
Bommer   22'72'
Rahn   24'
Mill   32'
Attendance: 26,242
Referee: Igna (ROU)

Morocco  0–2  Brazil
Report Dunga   64'
Kita   70'
Attendance: 49,355
Referee: Sánchez (ESP)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Italy 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1 4 Qualified for quarter-finals
2   Egypt 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 3
3   United States 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 3
4   Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 2
United States  3–0  Costa Rica
Davis   23'86'
Willrich   35'
Report
Attendance: 78,000
Referee: Quiniou (FRA)

Italy  1–0  Egypt
Serena   63' Report
Attendance: 37,430
Referee: Castro (CHI)

Egypt  4–1  Costa Rica
Khatib   32'
Abdelghani   35'
Soliman   62'
Gadallah   71'
Report Coronado   87'
Attendance: 20,645
Referee: Ramírez (MEX)

Italy  1–0  United States
Fanna   58' Report
Attendance: 63.624
Referee: Al-Salmi (KUW)

Egypt  1–1  United States
Soliman   27' Report Thompson   8'
Attendance: 54,973
Referee: Romero (ARG)

Costa Rica  1–0  Italy
Rivers   33' Report
Attendance: 41,291
Referee: Tesfaye (ETH)

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
August 5 – Pasadena, CA
 
 
  France2
 
August 8 – Pasadena, CA
 
  Egypt0
 
  France (aet)4
 
August 6 – Pasadena, CA
 
  Yugoslavia2
 
  Yugoslavia5
 
August 11 – Pasadena, CA
 
  West Germany2
 
  France2
 
August 5 – Stanford, CA
 
  Brazil0
 
  Italy (aet)1
 
August 8 – Stanford, CA
 
  Chile0
 
  Italy1
 
August 6 – Stanford, CA
 
  Brazil (aet)2 Bronze medal match
 
  Brazil (pen)1 (4)
 
August 10 – Pasadena, CA
 
  Canada1 (2)
 
  Yugoslavia2
 
 
  Italy1
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Italy  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Chile
Vignola   95' Report
Attendance: 67,349
Referee: McGinlay (GBR)

France  2–0  Egypt
Xuereb   29'52' Report
Attendance: 66,228
Referee: Cha (KOR)

Brazil  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Canada
Gilmar Popoca   72' Report Mitchell   58'
Penalties
Gilmar  
Kita  
Ademir  
André Luiz  
4–2   Wilson
  Mitchell
  Bridge
  Gray
Attendance: 36,150
Referee: Siles (CRC)

Yugoslavia  5–2  West Germany
Cvetković   21'58'70'
Radanović   27'
Gračan   46' (pen.)
Report Bommer   1'
Bockenfeld   28'
Attendance: 58,439
Referee: Romero (ARG)

Semi-finalsEdit

France  4–2 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia
Bijotat   7'
Jeannol   15'
Lacombe   96'
Xuereb   119'
Report Cvetković   63'
Deverić   74'
Attendance: 97,451
Referee: Ramírez (MEX)

Italy  1–2 (a.e.t.)  Brazil
Fanna   62' Report Gilmar Popoca   53'
Ronaldo   95'
Attendance: 83,642
Referee: Socha (USA)

Bronze Medal matchEdit

Yugoslavia  2–1  Italy
Baljić   59'
Deverić   81'
Report Vignola   27' (pen.)
Attendance: 100,374
Referee: McGinlay (GBR)

Gold Medal matchEdit

France  2–0  Brazil
Brisson   55'
Xuereb   60'
Report
Attendance: 101,799
Referee: Keizer (Netherlands)

Match rules

Final team rankingsEdit

Note: As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   France (FRA) 6 4 2 0 13 6 +7 10
2   Brazil (BRA) 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 9
3   Yugoslavia (YUG) 6 5 0 1 16 10 +6 10
4   Italy (ITA) 6 3 0 3 5 5 0 6
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5   West Germany (FRG) 4 2 0 2 10 6 +4 4
6   Canada (CAN) 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1 4
7   Chile (CHI) 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 4
8   Egypt (EGY) 4 1 1 2 5 5 0 3
Eliminated in the group stage
9   United States (USA) 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 3
10   Norway (NOR) 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
11   Cameroon (CMR) 3 1 0 2 3 5 –2 2
12   Morocco (MAR) 3 1 0 2 1 4 –3 2
13   Costa Rica (CRC) 3 1 0 2 2 7 –5 2
14   Iraq (IRQ) 3 0 1 2 3 6 –3 1
15   Qatar (QAT) 3 0 1 2 2 5 –3 1
16   Saudi Arabia (KSA) 3 0 0 3 1 10 –9 0

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

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

DisciplineEdit

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:

Player Offences Date Suspensions
  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

TriviaEdit

The wave was first broadcast internationally during the 1984 Olympic football final, when it was done among the 100,000 in attendance at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  2. ^ José Touré: "It was at the Olympic Games that I realised I was an athlete" FIFA.com. Retrieved 25 August 2011

External linksEdit