Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament
|Dates||7 August – 23 August 2008|
|Teams||16 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||6 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||Argentina (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||75 (2.34 per match)|
|Attendance||1,404,254 (43,883 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Giuseppe Rossi|
|Football at the|
2008 Summer Olympics
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.
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).
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|
|CAF Preliminary Competition||September 2006 – March 2008||–||3|| Cameroon|
|CONCACAF Preliminary Competition||August 2007 – March 2008||United States||2|| Honduras|
|2007 South American Youth Championship||7–28 January 2007||Paraguay||2|| Brazil|
|OFC Preliminary Competition||1–9 March 2008||Fiji||1||New Zealand|
|2007 UEFA U-21 Championship||10–23 June 2007||Netherlands||4|| Netherlands|
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. A minimum of two goalkeepers (plus one optional alternate goalkeeper) had to be included in the squad.
|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)
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the quarterfinal round.
|1||Argentina||3||3||0||0||5||1||+4||9||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|Zadkovich 69'||Report||Rajković 78'|
|Cissé 53'||Report||Messi 43'
Rajković 24' (o.g.)
|Lavezzi 13' (pen.)
|1||Nigeria||3||2||1||0||4||2||+2||7||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|Sibon 73' (pen.)||Report|
|Report||Kljestan 88' (pen.)|
|1||Brazil||3||3||0||0||9||0||+9||9||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|China PR||1–1||New Zealand|
|Dong Fangzhuo 88'||Report||Brockie 53'|
Ronaldinho 55', 61' (pen.)
Thiago Neves 69', 73'
|1||Italy||3||2||1||0||6||0||+6||7||Qualified for the quarterfinals|
Rossi 45' (pen.)
Acquafresca 52' (pen.)
|Park Chu-young 68'||Report||Mandjeck 81'|
|Kim Dong-jin 23'||Report|
|Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Gold medal match|
|A1||Argentina||3||Bronze medal match|
|Rossi 18' (pen.), 74' (pen.)||Report||Dembélé 23', 79'
Di María 105'
Obinna 82' (pen.)
Obasi 59', 72'
|Agüero 52', 58'
Riquelme 76' (pen.)
Bronze medal match
Jô 45', 90+2'
Gold medal match
|Report||Di María 58'|
|6||Ivory Coast (CIV)||4||2||0||2||6||6||0||6|
|9||United States (USA)||3||1||1||1||4||4||0||4|
|10||South Korea (KOR)||3||1||1||1||2||4||−2||4|
|14||New Zealand (NZL)||3||0||1||2||1||7||–6||1|
With four goals, Giuseppe Rossi of Italy was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 75 goals were scored by 53 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goals
- Slobodan Rajković (playing against Ivory Coast)
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