Football at the 1992 Summer Olympics

The football competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics was the first Olympic football tournament dedicated for under-23 teams. The competition featured 16 men's national sides from the six continental confederations. The 16 teams were 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 Camp Nou on 8 August 1992.[1]

1992 Men's Olympic Football Tournament
Tournament details
Host countrySpain
Dates24 July – 8 August
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (1st title)
Runners-up Poland
Third place Ghana
Fourth place Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored87 (2.72 per match)
Top scorer(s)Poland Andrzej Juskowiak (7 goals)
1988
1996

Notably, these were the first matches played with football's new back-pass rule.[2]

QualificationEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the 1992 Olympic men's football tournament:

Means of qualification Berths Qualified
Host nation 1   Spain
AFC Preliminary Competition 3   Qatar
  South Korea
  Kuwait
CAF Preliminary Competition 3   Egypt
  Ghana
  Morocco
1992 CONCACAF Pre-Olympic Tournament 2   Mexico
  United States
1992 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament 2   Colombia
  Paraguay
OFC – UEFA play-off[3] (OFC Pre-Olympic Tournament) 1   Australia
1992 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship 4   Italy
  Sweden
  Denmark
  Poland
Total 16

VenuesEdit

Barcelona Barcelona Valencia
Camp Nou Estadi de Sarrià Estadio Luis Casanova
Capacity: 100,000 Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 50,000
     
Sabadell
Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta
Capacity: 16,000
 
Zaragoza
Estadio La Romareda
Capacity: 43,000
 

Match officialsEdit

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Poland 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 5
  Italy 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1 4
  United States 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 3
  Kuwait 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Italy  2–1  United States
Melli   15'
Albertini   22'
Report Moore   65'
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)

Poland  2–0  Kuwait
Juskowiak   7'80' Report
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Juan Francisco Escobar (PAR)

United States  3–1  Kuwait
Brose   56'
Lagos   79'
Snow   85'
Report Marwi   16'
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (MRI)

Italy  0–3  Poland
Report Juskowiak   5'
Staniek   48'
Mielcarski   90'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Philip Don (GBR)

United States  2–2  Poland
Imler   20'
Snow   85'
Report Koźmiński   31'
Juskowiak   40'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (MRI)

Italy  1–0  Kuwait
Melli   10' Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (MEX)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spain 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 6
  Qatar 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
  Egypt 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 2
  Colombia 3 0 1 2 4 9 −5 1
Spain  4–0  Colombia
Guardiola   10'
Kiko   37'
Berges   41'
Luis Enrique   69'
Report
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Markus Merk (GER)

Egypt  0–1  Qatar
Report Mustafa   74'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Philip Don (GBR)

Spain  2–0  Egypt
Solozábal   55'
Soler   70'
Report

Colombia  1–1  Qatar
Aristizábal   62' Report Soufi   89'

Spain  2–0  Qatar
Alfonso   40'
Kiko   60'
Report
Attendance: 19,300
Referee: Arturo Angeles (USA)

Colombia  3–4  Egypt
Gaviria   9'84'
Pacheco   14'
Report Youssef   27'
El-Masry   47'
Khashaba   91'94'
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Sweden 3 1 2 0 5 1 +4 4
  Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 4
  South Korea 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
  Morocco 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
Sweden  0–0  Paraguay
Report
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Lube Spassov (BUL)

Morocco  1–1  South Korea
Bahja   64' Report Jung Kwang-seok   73'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Arturo Angeles (USA)

Sweden  4–0  Morocco
Brolin   14'69'
Mild   20'
Rödlund   57'
Report
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: José Torres Cadena (COL)

Paraguay  0–0  South Korea
Report
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Mohamed Sendid (ALG)

Sweden  1–1  South Korea
Rödlund   52' Report Seo Jung-won   28'
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)

Paraguay  3–1  Morocco
Arce   43'
Caballero   57'
Gamarra   70'
Report Naybet   87'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Markus Merk (GER)

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Ghana 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 4
  Australia 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 3
  Mexico 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
  Denmark 3 0 2 1 1 4 −3 2
Denmark  1–1  Mexico
Thomsen   85' Report Rotllán   39' (pen.)
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)

Ghana  3–1  Australia
Gargo   12'
Ayew   83'89'
Report Vidmar   91'

Denmark  0–0  Ghana
Report

Mexico  1–1  Australia
Castañeda   63' Report Arambasic   20'
Attendance: 10,000

Denmark  0–3  Australia
Report Markovski   32'
Mori   60'
Vidmar   75'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)

Mexico  1–1  Ghana
Rotllán   30' Report Ayew   79'

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
1 August – Valencia
 
 
  Spain1
 
5 August – Valencia
 
  Italy0
 
  Spain2
 
2 August – Zaragoza
 
  Ghana0
 
  Paraguay2
 
8 August – Barcelona (Camp Nou)
 
  Ghana (aet)4
 
  Spain3
 
1 August – Barcelona (Camp Nou)
 
  Poland2
 
  Poland2
 
5 August – Barcelona (Camp Nou)
 
  Qatar0
 
  Poland6
 
2 August – Barcelona (Camp Nou)
 
  Australia1 Bronze medal match
 
  Sweden1
 
7 August – Barcelona (Camp Nou)
 
  Australia2
 
  Ghana1
 
 
  Australia0
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Spain  1–0  Italy
Kiko   38' Report
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Rezende de Freitas (BRA)

Poland  2–0  Qatar
Kowalczyk   42'
Jałocha   74'
Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Sendid (ALG)

Paraguay  2–4 (a.e.t.)  Ghana
Acheampong   78' (o.g.)
Campos   81'
Report Ayew   17'55'121'
Rahman   114'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Bujsaim (UAE)

Sweden  1–2  Australia
Andersson   60' Report Markovski   30'
Murphy   53'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Brizio Carter (MEX)

Semi-finalsEdit

Spain  2–0  Ghana
Abelardo   25'
Berges   55'
Report
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Brizio Carter (MEX)

Poland  6–1  Australia
Kowalczyk   27'88'
Juskowiak   43'52'78'
Murphy   67' (o.g.)
Report Veart   35'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Rezende de Freitas (BRA)

Bronze Medal matchEdit

Australia  0–1  Ghana
Report Asare   19'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Díaz Vega (ESP)

Gold Medal matchEdit

Poland  2–3  Spain
Kowalczyk   44'
Staniek   76'
Report Abelardo   65'
Kiko   72'90'
Attendance: 95,000
Referee: Torres Cadena (Colombia)
Team details

Medal winnersEdit

GoalscorersEdit

With seven goals, Andrzej Juskowiak of Poland is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 87 goals were scored by 57 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

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

Final rankingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Spain (ESP) 6 6 0 0 14 2 +12 12
2   Poland (POL) 6 4 1 1 17 6 +11 9
3   Ghana (GHA) 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 8
4   Australia (AUS) 6 2 1 3 8 12 −4 5
5   Italy (ITA) 4 2 0 2 3 5 −2 4
6   Sweden (SWE) 4 1 2 1 6 3 +3 4
7   Paraguay (PAR) 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 4
8   Qatar (QAT) 4 1 1 2 2 5 −3 3
9   United States (USA) 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 3
10   Mexico (MEX) 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
11   South Korea (KOR) 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
12   Egypt (EGY) 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 2
13   Denmark (DEN) 3 0 2 1 1 4 −3 2
14   Colombia (COL) 3 0 1 2 4 9 −5 1
15   Morocco (MAR) 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
16   Kuwait (KUW) 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: [4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  2. ^ Miller, Nick (18 February 2015). "Who was the last goalkeeper to legally pick up a backpass?". the Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ Chris Curulli. The Dutch sledge that 'riled up' Australia & inspired dramatic Olympics qualification. Football Federation Australia. 8 April 2020
  4. ^ "Football Tournament 1992 Olympiad". www.rsssf.com.

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