Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics

A 16 teams football tournament was played as part of the 1988 Summer Olympics. The tournament featured men's national teams from six continental confederations. The 16 teams are drawn into four groups of four and each group played 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 Seoul Olympic Stadium on 1 October 1988.[1]

Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics
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Tournament details
Host countrySouth Korea
Dates17 September – 1 October
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union
Runners-up Brazil
Third place West Germany
Fourth place Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored95 (2.97 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Romário (7 goals)
1984
1992

The USSR team purposefully did not use some strong players in the FIFA World Cup 1986 and UEFA Euro 1988, so that they would be able to participate in the Olympic tournament. During the Olympics, the Soviets primarily stayed on a yacht rather than in the Olympic Village. After winning the gold medal, each player from the Soviet team received 15 thousand dollars from the Soviet government.[2]

VenuesEdit

Seoul Busan
Olympic Stadium Dongdaemun Stadium Busan Stadium
Capacity: 69,950 Capacity: 26,383 Capacity: 30,000
     
Daegu Daejeon Gwangju
Daegu Stadium Daejeon Stadium Gwangju Stadium
Capacity: 23,278 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 30,000
     

Medal summaryEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
  Soviet Union (URS)
Aleksandr Borodyuk
Oleksiy Cherednyk
Igor Dobrovolski
Sergei Fokin
Sergei Gorlukovich
Arvydas Janonis
Gela Ketashvili
Dmitry Kharin
Yevgeni Kuznetsov
Viktor Losev
Volodymyr Lyuty
Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko
Arminas Narbekovas
Igor Ponomarev
Yury Savichev
Igor Sklyarov
Vladimir Tatarchuk
Yevgeny Yarovenko
Alexei Prudnikov
Vadym Tyshchenko
  Brazil (BRA)
Ademir
Aloísio
Andrade
Batista
Bebeto
Careca
André Cruz
Edmar
Geovani
João Paulo
Jorginho
Milton
Neto
Romário
Cláudio Taffarel
Luiz Carlos Winck
Ricardo Gomes
Mazinho
Valdo Filho
Zé Carlos
  West Germany (FRG)
Rudi Bommer
Holger Fach
Wolfgang Funkel
Armin Görtz
Roland Grahammer
Thomas Häßler
Thomas Hörster
Olaf Janßen
Uwe Kamps
Gerhard Kleppinger
Jürgen Klinsmann
Frank Mill
Karl-Heinz Riedle
Christian Schreier
Michael Schulz
Ralf Sievers
Fritz Walter
Wolfram Wuttke
Oliver Reck
Gunnar Sauer

Note: The players above the line played at least one game in this tournament, the players below the line were only squad members. Nevertheless, the International Olympic Committee medal database credits them all as medalists.

QualificationEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the 1988 Olympics football tournament:

Means of qualification Berths Qualified
Host nation 1   South Korea
AFC Preliminary Competition 2   China PR
  Iraq
CAF Preliminary Competition 3   Nigeria
  Tunisia
  Zambia
CONCACAF Preliminary Competition 2   Guatemala
  United States
1987 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament 2   Brazil (winner)
  Argentina (runner-up)
OFC Preliminary Competition 1   Australia
UEFA Preliminary Competition 5   Italy
  Sweden
  Soviet Union
  West Germany
  Yugoslavia
Total 16

Participating nationsEdit

Each country was allowed to enter a team of 20 players and they all were eligible for participation. A total number of 314 footballers were entered.

A total of 268(*) footballers from 16 nations competed at the Seoul Games:

  •   Argentina (16 – from a squad of 19)
  •   Australia (16 – from a squad of 20)
  •   Brazil (16 – from a squad of 20)
  •   China (14 – from a squad of 18)
  •   Guatemala (17 – from a squad of 19)
  •   Iraq (16 – from a squad of 20)
  •   Italy (18 – from a squad of 20)
  •   South Korea (16 – from a squad of 20)
  •   Nigeria (17 – from a squad of 20)
  •   Sweden (17 – from a squad of 20)
  •   Tunisia (19 – from a squad of 20)
  •   United States (16 – from a squad of 20)
  •   Soviet Union (18 – from a squad of 20)
  •   West Germany (18 – from a squad of 20)
  •   Yugoslavia (16 – from a squad of 18)
  •   Zambia (18 – from a squad of 20)

(*) NOTE: Players who participated in at least one match.

Final tournamentEdit

First roundEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Sweden 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 5
2   West Germany 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 4
3   Tunisia 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2
4   China PR 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1
China PR  0–3  West Germany
Wuttke   31'
Mill   60'89'
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Juan Daniel Cardellino (URU)

Sweden  2–2  Tunisia
Thern   44'
Hellström   45'
Dhiab   16'
Maaloul   43' (pen.)
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Edgardo Codesal (MEX)

Tunisia  1–4  West Germany
Maaloul   26' (pen.) Grahammer   4'
Fach   50'
Mill   55'
Wuttke   75' (pen.)
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Keith Hackett (ENG)

China PR  0–2  Sweden
Lönn   19'
Hellström   42'
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Badara Séne (SEN)

China PR  0–0  Tunisia
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Lennox Sirjuesingh (TRI)

Sweden  2–1  West Germany
Engqvist   64'
Lönn   85'
Walter   60'
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Kurt Röthlisberger (SUI)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Zambia 3 2 1 0 10 2 +8 5
2   Italy 3 2 0 1 7 6 +1 4
3   Iraq 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 3
4   Guatemala 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0
Italy  5–2  Guatemala
Carnevale   3'
Evani   11'
Virdis   34'
Ferrara   38'
Desideri   75'
Castañeda   7'
Paniagua   79'

Zambia  2–2  Iraq
Nyirenda   44'
K.Bwalya   66'
Radhi   36' (pen.)
Allawi   71'

Zambia  4–0  Italy
K.Bwalya   40'55'90'
J.Bwalya   63'

Iraq  3–0  Guatemala
Radhi   57'
Jabbar   67'
Mazariegos   77' (o.g.)

Zambia  4–0  Guatemala
Makinka   53'85'
Bwalya   79'82'

Iraq  0–2  Italy
Rizzitelli   59'
Mauro   63'

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 5
2   Argentina 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 3
3   South Korea 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
4   United States 3 0 2 1 3 5 −2 2
South Korea  0–0  Soviet Union

United States  1–1  Argentina

South Korea  0–0  United States

Argentina  1–2  Soviet Union

South Korea  1–2  Argentina

United States  2–4  Soviet Union

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Brazil 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 6
2   Australia 3 2 0 1 2 3 −1 4
3   Yugoslavia 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 2
4   Nigeria 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Australia  1–0  Yugoslavia

Brazil  4–0  Nigeria

Nigeria  1–3  Yugoslavia

Australia  0–3  Brazil

Brazil  2–1  Yugoslavia

Australia  1–0  Nigeria

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
25 September – Daegu
 
 
  Sweden1
 
27 September – Busan
 
  Italy (aet)2
 
  Italy2
 
25 September – Busan
 
  Soviet Union (aet)3
 
  Soviet Union3
 
1 October – Seoul
 
  Australia0
 
  Soviet Union (aet)2
 
25 September – Gwangju
 
  Brazil1
 
  Zambia0
 
27 September – Seoul
 
  West Germany4
 
  West Germany1 (2)
 
25 September – Seoul
 
  Brazil (aet)1 (3) Bronze medal match
 
  Brazil1
 
30 September – Seoul
 
  Argentina0
 
  Italy0
 
 
  West Germany3
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Sweden  1–2 (a.e.t.)  Italy
Attendance: 11,000

Soviet Union  3–0  Australia

West Germany  4–0  Zambia
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Jesús Díaz

Brazil  1–0  Argentina
Attendance: 21,800

Semi-finalsEdit

Soviet Union  3–2 (a.e.t.)  Italy
Attendance: 10,000

Brazil  1–1 (a.e.t.)  West Germany
Penalties
3–2
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Keith Hackett

Bronze medal matchEdit

Italy  0–3  West Germany
Attendance: 61,000

Gold medal matchEdit

Soviet Union  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Brazil
Dobrovolski   61' (pen.)
Savichev   103'
Report Romário   30'
Attendance: 74,000
Referee: Gérard Biguet (FRA)

Final rankingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Soviet Union (URS) 6 5 1 0 14 6 +8 11
2   Brazil (BRA) 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 9
3   West Germany (FRG) 6 4 1 1 16 4 +12 9
4   Italy (ITA) 6 3 0 3 11 13 −2 6
5   Zambia (ZAM) 4 2 1 1 10 6 +4 5
6   Sweden (SWE) 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 5
7   Australia (AUS) 4 2 0 2 2 6 −4 4
8   Argentina (ARG) 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1 3
9   Iraq (IRQ) 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 3
10   Yugoslavia (YUG) 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 2
11   South Korea (KOR) 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
12   United States (USA) 3 0 2 1 3 5 −2 2
13   Tunisia (TUN) 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2
14   China (CHN) 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1
15   Nigeria (NGR) 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
16   Guatemala (GUA) 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0
Source: [3]

VenuesEdit

Match officialsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

With seven goals, Romário of Brazil was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 95 goals were scored by 53 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.sport-express.ru/football/reviews/pobeda-na-olimpiade-1988-vospominaniya-uchastnikov-anatoliy-byshovec-sbornaya-sssr-po-futbolu-1462437/
  3. ^ "Football Tournament 1988 Olympiad". www.rsssf.com.

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