Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

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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

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).

Qualifying round[edit]

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

Squads[edit]

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 officials[edit]

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 round[edit]

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

Group A[edit]

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 Goal 69' Report Rajković Goal 78'
Attendance: 36,184

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

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

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

Ivory Coast 1–0 Australia
Kalou Goal 81' Report

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

Group B[edit]

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 Goal 47'

Netherlands 0–0 Nigeria
Report

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

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

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

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

Group C[edit]

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 Goal 79' Report

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

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

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

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

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

Group D[edit]

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 Goal 41'
Rossi Goal 45' (pen.)
Acquafresca Goal 52' (pen.)


Cameroon 1–0 Honduras
Mbia Goal 74' Report

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

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

Cameroon 0–0 Italy
Report

Knockout stage[edit]

  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-finals[edit]

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

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

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

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

Semi-finals[edit]

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

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

Bronze medal match[edit]

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

Gold medal match[edit]

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

Final ranking[edit]

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

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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