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Football at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

The 1996 Men's Olympic Football Tournament, played as part of the 1996 Summer Olympics, was hosted in Birmingham, Alabama, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Florida, Miami, Florida and Athens, Georgia.[1][2][3][4] From 1992 onwards, male competitors should be under 23 years old, with three over-23 players allowed per squad. The tournament featured 16 national teams 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 Sanford Stadium on August 3, 1996.[5]

Football at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
Dates20 July – 3 August
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Nigeria
Runners-up Argentina
Third place Brazil
Fourth place Portugal
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored90 (2.81 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Bebeto
Argentina Hernán Crespo
(6 goals each)
1992
2000

VenuesEdit

QualificationEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the 1996 Olympic men's football tournament:

Means of qualification Berths Qualified
Host nation 1   United States
AFC Preliminary Competition 3   South Korea (winner)
  Japan (runner-up)
  Saudi Arabia (third-place)
CAF Preliminary Competition 3   Ghana
  Tunisia
  Nigeria
CONCACAF Preliminary Competition 1   Mexico (winner)
1996 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament 2   Brazil (winner)
  Argentina (runner-up)
OFC Preliminary Competition 1   Australia
1996 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship 5   Italy (winner)
  Spain (runner-up)
  France (third-place)
  Hungary (5th)
  Portugal (6th)
Total 16

Match officialsEdit

SquadsEdit

Tournament detailsEdit

First roundEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Argentina 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5
  Portugal 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
  United States 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
  Tunisia 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1


Portugal  2 – 0  Tunisia
Martins   13',   68' Report
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 34,796
Referee: Pereira (BRA)

United States  1 – 3  Argentina
Reyna   1' Report G. López   26'
Crespo   55'
Simeone   90'
Attendance: 83,183
Referee: Bouchardeau (NIG)

Argentina  1 – 1  Portugal
Ortega   45' Report Nuno Gomes   70'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 25,811
Referee: Al Mehannah (KSA)

United States  2 – 0  Tunisia
Kirovski   38'
Maisonneuve   90'
Report
Attendance: 45,687
Referee: Dallas (GBR)

Argentina  1 – 1  Tunisia
Ortega   5' Report Mkacher   74'
Attendance: 16,826
Referee: Un-Prasert (THA)

United States  1 – 1  Portugal
Maisonneuve   75' Report Paulo Alves   33'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 58,012
Referee: Lennie (AUS)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  France 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
  Spain 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7
  Australia 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3
  Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0


Spain  1 – 0  Saudi Arabia
Óscar   80' Report
Attendance: 28,774
Referee: Collina (ITA)

France  2 – 0  Australia
Pires   11'
Maurice   74'
Report
Attendance: 14,322
Referee: Ruscio (ARG)

France  1 – 1  Spain
Legwinski   38' Report Óscar   80'
Attendance: 16,773
Referee: Un-Prasert (THA)

Australia  2 – 1  Saudi Arabia
Tsekenis   11'
Viduka   63'
Report Al-Khilaiwi   37'
Attendance: 5,997
Referee: Baharmast (USA)

Spain  3 – 2  Australia
Raúl   40',   90'
Santi   86'
Report Vidmar   3',   12'
Attendance: 12,050
Referee: Dallas (GBR)

France  2 – 1  Saudi Arabia
Maurice   20' (pen.)
Sibierski   49'
Report Anwar   26'
Attendance: 4,615
Referee: Archundia (MEX)

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Mexico 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
  Ghana 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
  South Korea 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
  Italy 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3


South Korea  1 – 0  Ghana
Yoon Jung-Hwan   41' (pen.) Report
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 45,946
Referee: Lennie (AUS)

Mexico  1 – 0  Italy
Palencia   83' Report
Attendance: 44,211
Referee: Dallas (GBR)

Mexico  0 – 0  South Korea
Report
Attendance: 26,111
Referee: Bouchardeau (NIG)

Ghana  3 – 2  Italy
Sabah   15',   74'
Ahinful   63' (pen.)
Report Branca   8',   44' (pen.)
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 27,849
Referee: Garcia Aranda (ESP)

Mexico  1 – 1  Ghana
Abundis   65' Report Ebenzer   44'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 30,237
Referee: Pereira (BRA)

Italy  2 – 1  South Korea
Branca   24',   82' Report Lee Ki-Hyung   62'
Attendance: 28,319
Referee: Ruscio (ARG)

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
  Nigeria 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
  Japan 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
  Hungary 3 0 0 3 3 7 −4 0


Japan  1 – 0  Brazil
Ito   72' Report
Attendance: 46,713
Referee: Archundia (MEX)

Nigeria  1 – 0  Hungary
Kanu   44' Report
Attendance: 25,303
Referee: Un-Prasert (THA)

Brazil  3 – 1  Hungary
Ronaldo   35'
Juninho   61'
Bebeto   84'
Report Madar   58'
Attendance: 34,871
Referee: Al-Ghandour (EGY)

Nigeria  2 – 0  Japan
Tadahiro Akiba   83' (o.g.)
Okocha   90' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 22,734
Referee: Collina (ITA)

Brazil  1 – 0  Nigeria
Ronaldo   30' Report
Attendance: 55,650
Referee: Baharmast (USA)

Japan  3 – 2  Hungary
Maezono   39' (pen.),   91'
Uemura   90'
Report Sandor   2'
Madar   48'
Attendance: 20,834
Referee: Bouchardeau (NIG)

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
July 27 – Miami
 
 
  Portugal (asdet)2
 
July 30 – Athens, Georgia
 
  France1
 
  Portugal0
 
July 27 – Birmingham
 
  Argentina2
 
  Argentina4
 
August 3 – Athens
 
  Spain0
 
  Argentina2
 
July 28 – Birmingham
 
  Nigeria3
 
  Mexico0
 
July 31 – Athens, Georgia
 
  Nigeria2
 
  Nigeria (asdet)4
 
July 28 – Miami
 
  Brazil3 Bronze medal match
 
  Brazil4
 
August 2 – Athens
 
  Ghana2
 
  Portugal0
 
 
  Brazil5
 
Quarter-finalsEdit
Portugal  2 – 1 (asdet)  France
Capucho   7'
Calado   105'  (pen.)
Report Maurice   49' (pen.)
Attendance: 22,339
Referee: Collina (ITA)

Argentina  4 – 0  Spain
Crespo   47',   88' (pen.)
Aranzábal   52' (o.g.)
C. López   66'
Report
Attendance: 43,507
Referee: Al-Ghandour (EGY)

Mexico  0 – 2  Nigeria
Report Okocha   20'
C. Babayaro   84'
Attendance: 44,788
Referee: Al Mehannah (KSA)

Brazil  4 – 2  Ghana
Duodu   18' (o.g.)
Ronaldo   56',   62'
Bebeto   72''
Report Akonnor   23'
Aboagye   53'
Attendance: 45,257
Referee: Un-Prasert (THA)

Semi-finalsEdit
Portugal  0 – 2  Argentina
Report Crespo   55',   61'
Attendance: 78,212
Referee: Baharmast (USA)

Nigeria  4 – 3 (asdet)  Brazil
Roberto Carlos   20' (o.g.)
Ikpeba   78'
Kanu   90',   94'
Report Flavio Conceição   1',   38'
Bebeto   28'
Attendance: 78,587
Referee: Garcia Aranda (ESP)

Bronze Medal matchEdit
Brazil  5 – 0  Portugal
Ronaldo   4'
Flavio Conceição   10'
Bebeto   46',   53',   74'
Report
Attendance: 68,173
Referee: Al-Ghandour (EGY)

Gold Medal matchEdit
Nigeria  3–2  Argentina
Babayaro   28'
Amokachi   74'
Amunike   90'
Report C. López   3'
Crespo   50' (pen.)
Attendance: 86,117
Referee: Collina (ITA)

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Nigeria (NGR) 6 5 0 1 12 6 +6 15
2   Argentina (ARG) 6 3 2 1 13 6 +7 11
3   Brazil (BRA) 6 4 0 2 16 8 +8 12
4   Portugal (POR) 6 2 2 2 6 10 –4 8
5   France (FRA) 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7
6   Spain (ESP) 4 2 1 1 5 7 -2 7
7   Mexico (MEX) 4 1 2 1 2 3 -1 5
8   Ghana (GHA) 4 1 1 2 6 8 –2 4
9   Japan (JPN) 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
10   United States (USA) 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
11   South Korea (KOR) 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
12   Italy (ITA) 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
13   Australia (AUS) 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3
14   Tunisia (TUN) 3 0 1 2 1 5 –4 1
15   Saudi Arabia (KSA) 3 0 0 3 2 5 –3 0
16   Hungary (HUN) 3 0 0 3 3 7 –4 0

GoalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The inside story of Nigeria's Atlanta '96 gold medal – SuperSport – Football". SuperSport. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  2. ^ Penner, Mike (1996-08-01). "Defense Rests for a Stunned Brazil – Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  3. ^ Penner, Mike (1996-08-04). "Nigeria's Eagles Catch Argentina in Its Own Trap – Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  4. ^ "Soccer : Results : Men's Competition Notebook". Usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  5. ^ "Football at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 November 2018.

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