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Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's association football tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held in Beijing and four other cities in the People's Republic of China from 7 August to 23 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to enter their men's under-23 teams in regional qualifying competitions, from which 15 teams, plus the host nation, reached the final tournament. Men's teams were allowed to augment their squads with up to three players over the age of 23.

2008 Men's Olympic football tournament
Tournament details
Host countryChina
Dates (2008-08-07) (2008-08-23)7 August – 23 August 2008
(16 days)
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Argentina (2nd title)
Runners-up Nigeria
Third place Brazil
Fourth place Belgium
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored75 (2.34 per match)
Attendance1,404,254 (43,883 per match)
Top scorer(s)Italy Giuseppe Rossi
(4 goals)
2004
2012

For these Games, the men competed in a 16-team tournament. Preliminary matches commenced on 7 August, the day before the Games' opening ceremony. The teams were grouped into four pools of four teams each for a round-robin preliminary round. The top two teams in each pool advanced to an eight-team single-elimination bracket.

The tournament was won by Argentina, who beat Nigeria 1–0 in the final, as part of a record streak of 12 consecutive wins in football competitions at the Summer Olympics (six wins in 2004, six wins in 2008).

Qualifying roundEdit

 
Countries of men's tournament

A National Olympic Committee may enter one men's team in football competitions.

Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified
Host nation   1   China PR
AFC Preliminary Competition February – November 2007 3   Australia
  South Korea
  Japan
CAF Preliminary Competition September 2006 – March 2008 3   Cameroon
  Ivory Coast
  Nigeria
CONCACAF Preliminary Competition August 2007 – March 2008   United States 2   Honduras
  United States
2007 South American Youth Championship 7–28 January 2007   Paraguay 2   Brazil
  Argentina
OFC Preliminary Competition 1–9 March 2008   Fiji 1   New Zealand
2007 UEFA U-21 Championship 10–23 June 2007   Netherlands 4   Netherlands
  Serbia
  Belgium
  Italy
Total 16

SquadsEdit

For the men's tournament, each nation submitted a squad of 18 players, 15 of whom had to be born on or after 1 January 1985, and three of whom could be overage players, by 23 July 2008.[1] A minimum of two goalkeepers (plus one optional alternate goalkeeper) had to be included in the squad.[1]

Match officialsEdit

On 22 April 2008, FIFA released the list of match referees that will officiate at the Olympics.[2]

Confederation Referee Assistants
AFC Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia) Mohammed Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
Hamdi Al Kadrie (Syria)
Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman) Khaled Al Allan (Bahrain)
Saleh Al Marzouqi (United Arab Emirates)
Masoud Moradi (Iran) Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)
Luay Subhi Adib (Iraq)
CAF Jerome Damon (South Africa) Enock Molefe (South Africa)
Célestin Ntagungira (Rwanda)
Badara Diatta (Senegal) Bechir Hassani (Tunisia)
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
CONCACAF Roberto Moreno (Panama) Daniel Williamson (Panama)
Hairo Fuentes (Panama)
Jair Marrufo (United States) Kermit Quisenberry (United States)
Ricardo Morgan (Jamaica)
CONMEBOL Héctor Baldassi (Argentina) Ricardo Casas (Argentina)
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Pablo Pozo (Chile) Patricio Basualto (Chile)
Julio Díaz (Chile)
Martín Vázquez (Uruguay) Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
Miguel Nievas (Uruguay)
OFC Michael Hester (New Zealand) Tevita Makasini (Tonga)
Michael Joseph (Vanuatu)
UEFA Thomas Einwaller (Austria) Roland Heim (Austria)
Norbert Schwab (Austria)
Viktor Kassai (Hungary) Gábor Erős (Hungary)
Tibor Vámos (Hungary)
Stéphane Lannoy (France) Eric Dansault (France)
Frédéric Cano (France)
Damir Skomina (Slovenia) Primož Arhar (Slovenia)
Marco Stancin (Slovenia)
Wolfgang Stark (Germany) Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Volker Wezel (Germany)

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8).

Preliminary roundEdit

Group winners and runners-up advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Argentina 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2   Ivory Coast 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
3   Australia 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
4   Serbia 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
Australia  1–1  Serbia
Zadkovich   69' Report Rajković   78'
Attendance: 36,184

Ivory Coast  1–2  Argentina
Cissé   53' Report Messi   43'
Acosta   86'
Attendance: 43,266

Argentina  1–0  Australia
Lavezzi   76' Report
Attendance: 38,182

Serbia  2–4  Ivory Coast
Mrdaković   16'
Rakić   90'
Report Cissé   3'
Rajković   24' (o.g.)
Kalou   70'
Gervinho   90+3'
Attendance: 38,320

Ivory Coast  1–0  Australia
Kalou   81' Report

Argentina  2–0  Serbia
Lavezzi   13' (pen.)
Buonanotte   84'
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Nigeria 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2   Netherlands 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3   United States 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
4   Japan 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
Japan  0–1  United States
Report Holden   47'

Netherlands  0–0  Nigeria
Report

Nigeria  2–1  Japan
Obinna   58'
Anichebe   74'
Report Toyoda   79'

United States  2–2  Netherlands
Kljestan   64'
Altidore   72'
Report Babel   16'
Sibon   90+3'

Netherlands  1–0  Japan
Sibon   73' (pen.) Report

Nigeria  2–1  United States
Isaac   39'
Obinna   79'
Report Kljestan   88' (pen.)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9 9 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2   Belgium 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
3   China PR 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1
4   New Zealand 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
Brazil  1–0  Belgium
Hernanes   79' Report

China PR  1–1  New Zealand
Dong Fangzhuo   88' Report Brockie   53'

New Zealand  0–5  Brazil
Report Anderson   3'
Pato   33'
Ronaldinho   55'61' (pen.)
Sóbis   90+3'

Belgium  2–0  China PR
Dembélé   8'
Mirallas   80'
Report

China PR  0–3  Brazil
Report Diego   18'
Thiago Neves   69'73'

New Zealand  0–1  Belgium
Report Haroun   35'
Attendance: 45,202
Referee: Pablo Pozo (Chile)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Italy 3 2 1 0 6 0 +6 7 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2   Cameroon 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3   South Korea 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
4   Honduras 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
Honduras  0–3  Italy
Report Giovinco   41'
Rossi   45' (pen.)
Acquafresca   52' (pen.)


Cameroon  1–0  Honduras
Mbia   74' Report

Italy  3–0  South Korea
Rossi   15'
Rocchi   32'
Montolivo   90'
Report

South Korea  1–0  Honduras
Kim Dong-jin   23' Report

Cameroon  0–0  Italy
Report

Knockout stageEdit

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Gold medal match
                           
  B1   Nigeria 2  
A2   Ivory Coast 0  
  B1   Nigeria 4  
  C2   Belgium 1  
D1   Italy 2
  C2   Belgium 3  
    B1   Nigeria 0
  A1   Argentina 1
  A1   Argentina (aet) 2  
B2   Netherlands 1  
  A1   Argentina 3 Bronze medal match
  C1   Brazil 0  
C1   Brazil (aet) 2 C2   Belgium 0
  D2   Cameroon 0   C1   Brazil 3

Quarter-finalsEdit

Brazil  2–0 (a.e.t.)  Cameroon
Sóbis   101'
Marcelo   105'
Report

Italy  2–3  Belgium
Rossi   18' (pen.)74' (pen.) Report Dembélé   23'79'
Mirallas   45+2'

Argentina  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Netherlands
Messi   14'
Di María   105'
Report Bakkal   36'

Nigeria  2–0  Ivory Coast
Odemwingie   44'
Obinna   82' (pen.)
Report

Semi-finalsEdit

Nigeria  4–1  Belgium
Adefemi   17'
Obasi   59'72'
Okonkwo   78'
Report Ciman   88'
Attendance: 56,312
Referee: Pablo Pozo (Chile)

Argentina  3–0  Brazil
Agüero   52'58'
Riquelme   76' (pen.)
Report

Bronze medal matchEdit

Belgium  0–3  Brazil
Report Diego   27'
  45'90+2'
Attendance: 50,705

Gold medal matchEdit

Nigeria  0–1  Argentina
Report Di María   58'
Attendance: 89,102


Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Argentina (ARG) 6 6 0 0 11 2 +9 18
2   Nigeria (NGR) 6 4 1 1 10 4 +6 13
3   Brazil (BRA) 6 5 0 1 14 3 +11 15
4   Belgium (BEL) 6 3 0 3 7 10 –3 9
5   Italy (ITA) 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 7
6   Ivory Coast (CIV) 4 2 0 2 6 6 0 6
7   Netherlands (NED) 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 5
8   Cameroon (CMR) 4 1 2 1 2 3 –1 5
9   United States (USA) 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
10   South Korea (KOR) 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
11   Australia (AUS) 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
12   Serbia (SRB) 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
13   China (CHN) 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1
14   New Zealand (NZL) 3 0 1 2 1 7 –6 1
15   Japan (JPN) 3 0 0 3 1 4 –3 0
16   Honduras (HON) 3 0 0 3 0 5 –5 0

StatisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Regulations of the Olympic Football Tournaments Archived 2008-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "List of Referees & Assistant Referees appointed for the Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 – (Men's tournament)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2012.

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