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Football at the Summer Olympics

Association Football at the Summer Olympics
Founded 1876
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 16 (from 6 confederations)
Current champions  Mexico M
(1st title)
 United States W
(4th title)
Most successful team(s)

 Great Britain M

 Hungary M
(3 titles)
 United States W
(4 titles)
Football at the Summer Olympics
Governing body FIFA
Events 2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games
1896 1900 1904 1908 1912 1920
1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952
1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976
1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000
2004 2008 2012 2016
Medalists

Association football has been included in every Summer Olympic Games except 1896 and 1932 as a men's competition sport. Women's football was added to the official program in 1996.

Contents

  • Early history 1
  • British successes 2
  • 1920s and the rise of Uruguay 3
  • Olympics after the first World Cup 4
  • Changes and developments 5
  • British non-involvement 6
  • Venues 7
  • Events 8
  • Participating nations 9
    • Men 9.1
    • Women 9.2
  • Men's tournament 10
  • Women's tournament 11
  • Records 12
    • Men's results 12.1
    • Men's top scorers by tournament 12.2
    • Women's results 12.3
    • Women's top scorers by tournament 12.4
  • Medal table 13
    • Total 13.1
    • Men's medal table 13.2
    • Women's medal table 13.3
  • See also 14
  • References 15
  • External links 16

Early history

Football was not included on the program at the first modern Athens XI lost to a team representing Smyrna (Izmir), then part of the Ottoman Empire.[1] However, it is in fact unclear whether any competition took place at all; the Olympic historian Bill Mallon has written: "Supposedly a match between a Greek club and a Danish club took place. No such 1896 source supports this and we think this is an error which has been perpetuated in multiple texts. No such match occurred."[2]

Tournaments were played at the 1900 and 1904 games and the Intercalated Games of 1906, but these were contested by various clubs and scratch teams. Although the IOC considers the 1900 and 1904 tournaments to be official Olympic events, they are not recognized by FIFA; neither recognizes the Intercalated Games today. In 1906 teams from Great Britain, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and France withdrew from an unofficial competition and left Denmark, Smyrna (one Armenian, two Frenchmen and eight Britons), Athens and Thessaloniki to compete. Denmark won the final against Athens 9–0.

British successes

In the Swedish Football Association. Many of these early matches were unbalanced, as evidenced by high scoring games; two players, Sophus Nielsen in 1908 and Gottfried Fuchs in 1912, each scored ten goals in a single match. All players were amateurs, in accordance with the Olympic spirit, which meant that some countries could not send their full international team. The National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Ireland asked the Football Association to send an English national amateur team. Some of the English members played with professional clubs, most notably Derby County's Ivan Sharpe, Bradford City F.C. Harold Walden and Chelsea's Vivian Woodward. England won the first two official tournaments convincingly, beating Denmark both times.

1920s and the rise of Uruguay

During the 1920 final, the Czechoslovakia national football team walked from the field of play in order to raise awareness of their displeasure regarding the refereeing of John Lewis and the militarised mood within the stadium in Antwerp. In the 1924 and 1928 Olympic games, the first South American teams entered the competition: Uruguay and Argentina. Uruguay won both Olympics and FIFA became conscious that the Olympic movement was not only hindering the ability of nations to participate on an equal footing but, given that the Olympics only permitted amateurs to participate, did not represent the true strength of the international game.

Olympics after the first World Cup

Following Peru scored a contested victory over Austria in overtime, with a fan invasion of the field at the very end. The Austrian team asked for the result to be annulled, and the game repeated; FIFA agreed, the Peruvian team refused and left the Olympics.[3][4]

As professionalism spread around the world, the gap in quality between the World Cup and the Olympics widened. The countries that benefited most were the Soviet Bloc countries of Eastern Europe, where top athletes were state-sponsored while retaining their status as amateurs. Between 1948 and 1980, 23 out of 27 Olympic medals were won by Eastern Europe, with only Sweden (gold in 1948 and bronze in 1952), Denmark (silver in 1960) and Japan (bronze in 1968) breaking their dominance.

Changes and developments

For the 1984 Los Angeles Games, the IOC decided to admit professional players. FIFA still did not want the Olympics to rival the World Cup, so a compromise was struck that allowed teams from Africa, Asia, Oceania and CONCACAF to field their strongest professional sides, while restricting UEFA and CONMEBOL teams to players who had not played in a World Cup.

Since 1992 male competitors must be under 23 years old, then since 1996 23 years old players with three over-23 players allowed per squad. The new format allows teams from around the world to compete equally, and African countries have taken particular advantage of this, with Nigeria and Cameroon winning in 1996 and 2000 respectively.

Because of the unusual format, several of the historically strongest men's national teams have unimpressive Olympic records. Uruguay won the tournament in their first two attempts, in 1924 and 1928, their only appearances before they qualified for the 2012 edition. Argentina won silver twice (1928 and 1996) before the 2004 tournament, but its appearance in Athens, in which it won the first gold medal (the second was won in Beijing in 2008), was only their sixth overall. Brazil's silver medals in the 1984, 1988 and 2012 editions are the best they have achieved, and it failed to qualify in 1992 and 2004. Italy has only won the Olympic title once, in 1936, although it has also won two bronzes, and has the highest number of appearances in the tournament, at 15. France, has only won the Olympic title once (in 1984) and has failed to qualify since 1996. Germany's best result was a single bronze medal, in 1988 (as West Germany), and the reunified team did not made an Olympic appearance until 2016. Spain has only won the gold medal once, in 1992, and it has also won 2 silver medals (in 1920 and 2000) but it has failed to qualify several times, the last one being in 2016.

British non-involvement

Football in the United Kingdom has no single governing body, and there are separate teams for the UK's four Home Nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Only the English Football Association (FA) is affiliated to the British Olympic Association (BOA), and the FA entered "Great Britain" teams to the football tournaments until 1972. In 1974, the FA abolished the distinction between "amateur" and "professional" football, and stopped entering the Olympics. Even though FIFA has allowed professionals at the Olympics since 1984, the FA did not re-enter, as the Home Nations feared that a united British Olympic team would set a precedent that might cause FIFA to question their separate status in other FIFA competitions and on the International Football Association Board.[5][6] When London was selected to host the 2012 Games, there was pressure on the English FA to exercise the host nation's automatic right to field a team.[7] In 2009 the plan agreed by the FA with the Welsh FA, Scottish FA and Irish FA was only to field English players;[8] however the BOA overruled this,[9] and ultimately there were Welsh players on both squads and Scots on the women's squad.[10][11] After the 2012 games, the FA decided that no team would be entered in subsequent men's tournaments, but was open to fielding a women's team again.[12]

Venues

Due to the number of large stadia required for the Olympic tournament, venues in distant cities – often more than 200 km (120 mi) away from the main host – are typically used for the football tournament. In an extreme example, two early-round venues for the Athens. Counting the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, there are 120 venues that have hosted Olympic football, the most of any sport.

Edition of the Olympic Games City Stadium
Athens 1896 No football tournament
Paris 1900 Paris Vélodrome de Vincennes
Saint Louis 1904 St. Louis, Missouri Francis Field
London 1908 London White City Stadium
Stockholm 1912 Stockholm Stockholms Olympiastadion
Råsunda Stadium
Tranebergs Idrottsplats
Antwerp 1920 Antwerp Olympisch Stadion
Stadion Broodstraat
Brussels Stade de l’Union St. Gilloise
Ghent Stade d’A.A. La Gantoise
Paris 1924 Paris Stade Olympique, Colombes
Stade Bergeyre
Stade de Paris, Saint-Ouen
Stade Pershing, Vincennes
Amsterdam 1928 Amsterdam Olympisch Stadion
Harry Elte Stadium
Los Angeles 1932 No football tournament
Berlin 1936 Berlin Olympiastadion
Poststadion, Tiergarten
Mommsenstadion, Charlottenburg
Hertha-BSC-Platz
London 1948 London Empire Stadium, Wembley
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace
Craven Cottage, Fulham
Griffin Park, Brentford
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
Lynn Road Stadium, Ilford
Green Pond Road Stadium, Walthamstow
Champion Hill, Dulwich
Brighton Goldstone Ground
Portsmouth Fratton Park
Helsinki 1952 Helsinki Olympiastadion
Töölö Football Grounds
Turku Kupittaa Stadium
Tampere Ratina Stadion
Lahti Kisapuisto
Kotka Kotka Stadion
Melbourne 1956 Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground
Olympic Park Stadium
Rome 1960 Rome Stadio Flaminio
Florence Stadio Comunale
Grosseto Stadio Comunale
Livorno Stadio Ardenza
Pescara Stadio Adriatico
L'Aquila Stadio Comunale
Naples Stadio Fuorigrotta
Tokyo 1964 Tokyo National Olympic Stadium
Prince Chichibu Memorial Field
Komazawa Stadium
Ōmiya Omiya Soccer Stadium
Yokohama Mitsuzawa Football Stadium
Mexico City 1968 Mexico City Estadio Azteca
Puebla Estadio Cuauhtémoc
Guadalajara Estadio Jalisco
León Estadio León
Munich 1972 Munich Olympiastadion
Augsburg Rosenaustadion
Ingolstadt ESV-Stadion
Regensburg Jahnstadion
Nuremberg Frankenstadion
Passau Drei Flüsse Stadion
Montreal 1976 Montreal Olympic Stadium
Sherbrooke Municipal Stadium
Toronto Varsity Stadium
Ottawa Lansdowne Stadium
Moscow 1980 Moscow Lenin Stadium
Dynamo Stadium
Leningrad Kirov Stadium
Kiev Republican Stadium
Minsk Dinamo Stadium
Los Angeles 1984 Pasadena, California Rose Bowl
Boston, Massachusetts Harvard Stadium
Annapolis, Maryland Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Stanford, California Stanford Stadium
Seoul 1988 Seoul Seoul Olympic Stadium
Dongdaemun Stadium
Busan Busan Stadium
Daegu Daegu Stadium
Daejeon Daejeon Stadium
Gwangju Gwangju Stadium
Barcelona 1992 Barcelona Camp Nou
Estadi de Sarrià
Sabadell Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta
Zaragoza Estadio La Romareda
Valencia Estadio Luis Casanova
Atlanta 1996 Athens, Georgia Sanford Stadium
Orlando, Florida Citrus Bowl
Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field
Miami, Florida Miami Orange Bowl
Washington, D.C. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Sydney 2000 Sydney Olympic Stadium
Sydney Football Stadium
Brisbane Brisbane Cricket Ground
Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium
Canberra Bruce Stadium
Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground
Athens 2004 Athens Athens Olympic Stadium
Karaiskakis Stadium
Patras Pampeloponnisiako Stadium
Volos Panthessaliko Stadium
Thessaloniki Kaftanzoglio Stadium
Heraklion Pankritio Stadium
Beijing 2008 Beijing Beijing National Stadium
Workers Stadium
Tianjin Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium
Shanghai Shanghai Stadium
Qinhuangdao Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium
Shenyang Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium
London 2012 London Wembley Stadium
Glasgow Hampden Park
Cardiff Millennium Stadium
Coventry City of Coventry Stadium*
Manchester Old Trafford
Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park*
Rio de Janeiro 2016 Rio de Janeiro Maracanã
São Paulo Arena Corinthians
Brasília Estádio Nacional de Brasília
Salvador Estádio Fonte Nova
Belo Horizonte Mineirão
Manaus Arena da Amazônia

|} City of Coventry Stadium & St. James Park were normally called Ricoh Arena & Sports Direct Arena, but because of the IOC's rules disallowing corporate sponsorship for event sites, they were renamed for the duration of the games.

Events

Event 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
Men's event X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 25
Women's event X X X X X 5
Events 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 30

Participating nations

Men

(Note: Where applicable, numbers refer to the number of teams from each country

Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games.)
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
UEFA
Austria Y Y Y Y 4
Belarus 10 1
Belgium Y Y Y Y 4 5
Bulgaria Y Y Y Y Y 5
Czech Republic Y 1
Czechoslovakia Y Y Y Y Y 5
Denmark Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
East Germany[13] Y Y Y Y 4
Estonia Y 1
Finland Y Y Y Y 4
France Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 12
Germany[14] Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8
Great Britain Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 5 10
Greece Y Y 15 3
Hungary Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Ireland Y Y 2
Israel Y Y 2
Italy Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 3 5 15
Latvia Y 1
Lithuania Y 1
Luxembourg Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Netherlands Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7 8
Norway Y Y Y Y Y 5
Poland Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7
Portugal Y Y 14 3
Romania Y Y Y 3
Russia Y 1
Serbia 12 1
Serbia and Montenegro 16 1
Slovakia Y 1
Soviet Union Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Spain Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 14 10
Sweden Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9
Switzerland Y Y 13 3
Turkey Y Y Y Y Y Y 6
Yugoslavia Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
CONMEBOL
Argentina Y Y Y Y Y 1 1 7
Brazil Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 3 2 12
Chile Y Y Y Y 4
Colombia Y Y Y Y 4
Paraguay Y 2 2
Peru Y Y 2
Uruguay Y Y 9 3
Venezuela Y 1
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
CONCACAF
Canada Y Y Y 3
Costa Rica Y Y 8 3
Cuba Y Y 2
El Salvador Y 1
Guatemala Y Y Y 3
Honduras Y 16 7 3
Mexico Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y =10 1 10
Netherlands Antilles Y 1
United States Y[15] Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9 14
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
CAF
Algeria Y 1
Cameroon Y Y 8 3
Egypt Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 8 11
Ivory Coast 6 1
Gabon 12 1
Ghana Y Y Y Y Y 9 6
Guinea Y 1
Mali 5 1
Morocco Y Y Y Y Y =10 11 7
Nigeria Y Y Y Y Y 2 6
Senegal 6 1
South Africa Y 1
Sudan Y 1
Tunisia Y Y Y 12 4
Zambia Y Y 2
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
AFC
Afghanistan Y 1
Australia Y Y Y Y Y 7 11 7
China Y 13 2
Chinese Taipei Y Y Y 3
India Y Y 4 Y 4
Indonesia Y 1
Iran Y Y Y 3
Iraq Y Y Y 4 4
Japan Y Y Y Y Y Y 13 15 4 9
Kuwait Y Y Y 3
Malaysia Y 1
Myanmar Y 1
North Korea Y 1
Qatar Y Y 2
Saudi Arabia Y Y 2
South Korea Y Y Y Y Y Y 6 10 3 9
Syria Y 1
Thailand Y Y 2
United Arab Emirates 15 1
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
OFC
New Zealand 14 16 2
Nation 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 Years
'Total nations 3 2 5 11 14 22 17 16 18 25 11 16 14 16 16 13 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

Women

Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games.
Nation 96 00 04 08 12 16 Years
Argentina 11 1
Australia 7 5 2
Brazil 4 4 2 2 6 Y 6
Cameroon 12 1
Canada 8 3 2
China 2 5 9 5 4
Colombia 11 Y 2
Denmark 8 1
France 4 Y 2
Germany 5 3 3 3 Y 5
Great Britain 5 1
Greece 10 1
Japan 7 7 4 2 4
Mexico 8 1
New Zealand 10 8 2
Nigeria 8 6 11 3
North Korea 9 9 2
Norway 3 1 7 3
South Africa 10 1
Sweden 6 6 4 6 7 5
United States 1 2 1 1 1 5
Total nations 8 8 10 12 12

Men's tournament

The qualifying tournament, like that for the World Cup, is organised along continental lines. Most continental confederations organise a special Under-23 qualifying tournament, although the European qualifiers are drawn from the finalists of the UEFA Under-21 Championship and South American qualifiers from the South American Youth Championship, which is a U-20 tournament. For the 2016 Games, the number of places allocated to each continent was:

Women's tournament

The women's tournament is contested between full national sides, with no age restrictions. One place is reserved for the host country. Of the remaining teams, as in World Cup contests a specific number of places are reserved for teams from each continental region; the European (UEFA) teams are chosen from the most successful European teams in the previous year's World Cup, whilst the other continental regions host their own qualifying tournaments in the build-up to the Olympics.

The first women's tournament was at the 1996 Atlanta Games. USA won the gold medal, and picked up silver in 2000 after an extra time defeat by Norway. The finals of the next two tournaments, in 2004 and 2008, also went to extra time, with USA defeating both times. In 2012 USA won their 4th the gold medal defeating Japan 2–1 in the final.

Allocation of places for each continent in the 2016 Games will be:

Records

Denmark's Sophus Nielsen in the 1908 and 1912 hold the record for the most goals scored by a player in an all and single tournament, scoring 13 goals. The first official football tournament was held in London, England, 1908.

Men's results

Year Host Final Third place
Gold Medalists Score Silver Medalists Bronze Medalists Score 4th place
1896
Athens
No football tournament
1900
Details

Paris

Great Britain
[16]
France

Belgium
[16] only three clubs entered
1904
Details

St. Louis

Canada
[17]
United States

United States
[17] only three clubs entered
1908
Details

London

Great Britain
2 – 0
Denmark

Netherlands
2 – 0
Sweden
1912
Details

Stockholm

Great Britain
4 – 2
Denmark

Netherlands
9 – 0
Finland
1920
Details

Antwerp

Belgium
[18]
Spain

Netherlands
[18]
France
1924
Details

Paris

Uruguay
3 – 0
Switzerland

Sweden
1 – 1
aet

Netherlands
Match replay: 3 – 1
1928
Details

Amsterdam

Uruguay
1 – 1
aet

Argentina

Italy
11 – 3
Egypt
Match replay: 2 – 1
1932
Los Angeles
No football tournament
1936
Details

Berlin

Italy
2 – 1
aet

Austria

Norway
3 – 2
Poland
1948
Details

London

Sweden
3 – 1
Yugoslavia

Denmark
5 – 3
Great Britain
1952
Details

Helsinki

Hungary
2 – 0
Yugoslavia

Sweden
2 – 0
West Germany
1956
Details

Melbourne

Soviet Union
1 – 0
Yugoslavia

Bulgaria
3 – 0
India
1960
Details

Rome

Yugoslavia
3 – 1
Denmark

Hungary
2 – 1
Italy
1964
Details

Tokyo

Hungary
2 – 1
Czechoslovakia

East Germany[13]
3 – 1
United Arab Republic
1968
Details

Mexico City

Hungary
4 – 1
Bulgaria

Japan
2 – 0
Mexico
1972
Details

Munich

Poland
2 – 1
Hungary

Soviet Union

East Germany
2 – 2[19]
aet
1976
Details

Montreal

East Germany
3 – 1
Poland

Soviet Union
2 – 0
Brazil
1980
Details

Moscow

Czechoslovakia
1 – 0
East Germany

Soviet Union
2 – 0
Yugoslavia
1984
Details

Los Angeles

France
2 – 0
Brazil

Yugoslavia
2 – 1
Italy
1988
Details

Seoul

Soviet Union
2 – 1
aet

Brazil

West Germany
3 – 0
Italy
1992
Details

Barcelona

Spain
3 – 2
Poland
1 – 0
Australia
1996
Details

Atlanta

Nigeria
3 – 2
Argentina

Brazil
5 – 0
Portugal
2000
Details

Sydney

Cameroon
2 – 2
asdet

Spain

Chile
2 – 0
United States
5 – 3 on penalty shootout
2004
Details

Athens

Argentina
1 – 0
Paraguay

Italy
1 – 0
Iraq
2008
Details

Beijing

Argentina
1 – 0
Nigeria

Brazil
3 – 0
Belgium
2012
Details

London

Mexico
2 − 1
Brazil

South Korea
2 − 0
Japan
2016
Details

Rio de Janeiro
2020
Details

Tokyo

*Under-23 tournament since 1992.

Men's top scorers by tournament

Year Player Goals
1900 Gaston Peltier
J. Nicholas
2
1904 Alexander Hall
Tom Taylor
3
1908 Sophus Nielsen 11
1912 Gottfried Fuchs 10
1920 Herbert Karlsson 7
1924 Pedro Petrone 8
1928 Domingo Tarasconi 9
1936 Annibale Frossi 7
1948 John Hansen
Gunnar Nordahl
7
1952 Rajko Mitić
Branko Zebec
7
1956 Todor Veselinović
Dimitar Milanov
Neville D'Souza
4
1960 Harald Nielsen 8
1964 Ferenc Bene 12
1968 Kunishige Kamamoto 7
1972 Kazimierz Deyna 9
1976 Andrzej Szarmach 6
1980 Sergei Andreev 5
1984 Borislav Cvetković
Stjepan Deverić
Daniel Xuereb
5
1988 Romario 7
1992 Andrzej Juskowiak 7
1996 Bebeto
Hernán Crespo
6
2000 Iván Zamorano 6
2004 Carlos Tevez 8
2008 Giuseppe Rossi 4
2012 Leandro Damião 6

Women's results

Year Host Final Third place
Gold Medalists Score Silver Medalists Bronze Medalists Score 4th place
1996
Details

Atlanta

United States
2 – 1
Norway
2 – 0
Brazil
2000
Details

Sydney

Norway
3 – 2
asdet

United States

Germany
2 – 0
Brazil
2004
Details

Athens

United States
2 – 1
aet

Brazil

Germany
1 – 0
Sweden
2008
Details

Beijing

United States
1 – 0
aet

Brazil

Germany
2 – 0
Japan
2012
Details

London

United States
2 – 1

Japan

Canada
1 – 0
France
2016
Details

Rio de Janeiro
2020
Details

Tokyo

Women's top scorers by tournament

Year Player Goals
1996 Ann Kristin Aarønes
Linda Medalen
Pretinha
4
2000 Sun Wen 4
2004 Cristiane
Birgit Prinz
5
2008 Cristiane 5
2012 Christine Sinclair 6

Medal table

Total

※ Countries ranked by total medals won (men's and women's) including unofficial (1900 and 1904).
※ Bronze medals shared in 1972 tournament

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 4 2 1 7
2  Hungary (HUN) 3 1 1 5
3  Great Britain (GBR) 3 0 0 3
4  Argentina (ARG) 2 2 0 4
5  Soviet Union (URS) 2 0 3 5
6  Uruguay (URU) 2 0 0 2
7  Yugoslavia (YUG) 1 3 1 5
8  Poland (POL) 1 2 0 3
 Spain (ESP) 1 2 0 3
10  East Germany (GDR)[13] 1 1 1 3
11  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 1 1 0 2
 France (FRA) 1 1 0 2
 Nigeria (NGR) 1 1 0 2
14  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 2 3
 Norway (NOR) 1 0 2 3
 Italy (ITA) 1 0 2 3
17  Canada (CAN) 1 0 1 2
 Belgium (BEL) 1 0 1 2
19  Cameroon (CMR) 1 0 0 1
 Mexico (MEX) 1 0 0 1
21  Brazil (BRA) 0 5 2 7
22  Denmark (DEN) 0 3 1 4
23  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 1 2
 Japan (JPN) 0 1 1 2
25  Switzerland (SUI) 0 1 0 1
 Austria (AUT) 0 1 0 1
 China (CHN) 0 1 0 1
 Paraguay (PAR) 0 1 0 1
29  Unified Team of Germany (EUA) /
 West Germany (FRG)
 Germany (GER)
0 0 5 5
30  Netherlands (NED) 0 0 3 3
31  Ghana (GHA) 0 0 1 1
 Chile (CHI) 0 0 1 1
 South Korea (KOR) 0 0 1 1
Total 30 30 31 91

Men's medal table

※ Countries ranked by total medals won including unofficial (1900 and 1904).

※ Bronze medals shared in 1972 tournament
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Hungary (HUN) 3 1 1 5
2  Great Britain (GBR) 3 0 0 3
3  Argentina (ARG) 2 2 0 4
4  Soviet Union (URS) 2 0 3 5
5  Uruguay (URU) 2 0 0 2
6  Yugoslavia (YUG) 1 3 1 5
7  Poland (POL) 1 2 0 3
 Spain (ESP) 1 2 0 3
9  East Germany (GDR) 1 1 1 3
10  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 1 1 0 2
 France (FRA) 1 1 0 2
 Nigeria (NGR) 1 1 0 2
13  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 2 3
 Italy (ITA) 1 0 2 3
15  Belgium (BEL) 1 0 1 2
16  Canada (CAN) 1 0 0 1
 Cameroon (CMR) 1 0 0 1
 Mexico (MEX) 1 0 0 1
19  Brazil (BRA) 0 3 2 5
20  Denmark (DEN) 0 3 1 4
21  United States (USA) 0 1 1 2
 Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 1 2
23  Switzerland (SUI) 0 1 0 1
 Austria (AUT) 0 1 0 1
 Paraguay (PAR) 0 1 0 1
26  Netherlands (NED) 0 0 3 3
27  Unified Team of Germany (EUA) /
 West Germany (FRG)
0 0 2 2
28  Norway (NOR) 0 0 1 1
 Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
 Ghana (GHA) 0 0 1 1
 Chile (CHI) 0 0 1 1
 South Korea (KOR) 0 0 1 1
Total 25 25 26 76

Women's medal table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 4 1 0 5
2  Norway (NOR) 1 0 1 2
3  Brazil (BRA) 0 2 0 2
4  China (CHN) 0 1 0 1
 Japan (JPN) 0 1 0 1
6  Germany (GER) 0 0 3 3
7  Canada (CAN) 0 0 1 1
Total 5 5 5 15

See also

References

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  3. ^ The forgotten story of ... football, farce and fascism at the 1936 Olympics
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  13. ^ a b c The East German team represented the United Team of Germany in 1964, winning the bronze medal.
  14. ^ The team represented the United Team of Germany in 1956, and the Federal Republic of Germany (i.e., West Germany) in 1972, 1984 and 1988, and winning the bronze medal in 1988.
  15. ^ The United States had two of the three teams at the 1904 Games, taking the silver and bronze medals.
  16. ^ a b The 1900 tournament was originally a pair of demonstration matches between the three teams, but has subsequently been upgraded to official status by the IOC with medals attributed to the teams based upon the match results.
  17. ^ a b The 1904 tournament was originally a set of demonstration matches between the three teams (two from the United States), but has subsequently been upgraded to official status by the IOC with medals attributed to the teams based upon the round-robin results.
  18. ^ a b In 1920, Czechoslovakia abandoned the final match against Belgium after 40 minutes with the latter up 2–0. They were disqualified, and a mini-tournament to figure out the other medalists was held, with Spain beating the Netherlands for second place 3–1.
  19. ^ In 1972, the third place match between the Soviet Union and East Germany was a 2–2 tie after extra time had expired. Both teams were awarded bronze medals.

External links

  • Men's Olympic Football Tournament, FIFA.com
  • Women's Olympic Football Tournament, FIFA.com
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