The football tournament of 2004 was hosted in Athens, Greece which persisted from 11 August to 28 August. Considering the men’s tournament, a total of 32 matches was played at 6 different venues by 16 teams and were able to reach a sum of 101 goals. The standout player was Carlos Tévez that managed to score 8 goals in the tournament. 401,415 people attended in the men’s tournament and witnessed Argentina with the gold medal, Paraguay with the silver and Italy with a bronze. The women’s tournament was won by United States with Brazil and Germany being awarded with a silver and bronze medal, respectively.
In 2008, the football tournament was a success in terms of the attendance which reached 2,144,268 with an average of 36,970 people per match over 58 matches. The host nation was China and the event commenced from 6 August and ended on 23 August. 28 teams from 6 confederations participated in the tournament and managed to score a total of 135 goals. Matches were comprised of a preliminary round, quarterfinals, semifinals, a bronze and a gold medals match. The top scorer in the men’s tournament was Giuseppe Rossi of Italy with 4 goals, while it was Cristiane of Brazil with 5 goals in the women’s tournament. The tournament was finished with Argentina obtaining the gold medal, Nigeria the silver, and Brazil the bronze in the men’s tournament, while the United States, Brazil and Germany were awarded with a gold, silver and bronze medal in the women’s tournament, respectively.
The football tournament at the 1996 Olympics were hosted by the United States of America from 20 July to 3 August at 6 different venues of which 5 were in host cities. A total of 58 matches were played in which 28 teams participated from 6 confederations. This Olympiad commenced the introduction of the women’s contest in football, without an age limitation for the players. The medal winners from the men’s tournament were Nigeria with a gold medal, Argentina with a silver, and Brazil with a bronze. Considering the women’s tournament, United States obtained gold, while China and Norway were awarded with silver and a bronze medal, respectively.
The football events at the Olympics of 2000 were the 20th in the Olympics ‘thread’. The women’s football tournament was held for the second time in Olympics. These events were held from 13 September to 30 September where the host nation was Australia. There were a total of 28 teams from 6 confederations and matches were held in 6 different venues of which 5 were from host cities. 58 matches were played of which under the men titles, Cameroon won the gold medal, Spain the silver medal, and Chile a bronze, while it was Norway with a gold, United States with a silver and Germany with a bronze under the women’s tournament. The top-scorer in the men’s tournament was Ivan Zamorano of Chile with 6 goals to his name, while it was Sun Wen of China who scored 4 goals in the women’s tournament.
Football at the 1988 Olympics were held from 17 September to 1 October at different locations in South Korea. A total of 16 teams participated with 314 footballers entering the tournament out of which 268 footballers actually competing. A total of 95 goals were scored by 52 players in the 32 matches, with the inclusion of one ‘own’ goal. China was the only country that was unable to score a goal. The tournament had exciting matches like Italy versus Guatemala on September 17 in which the crowd witnessed 7 goals in the game; 5 from Italy and 2 from Guatemala. The event ended with Soviet Union winning the gold medal, Brazil the silver, and West Germany the bronze. The top-scorer was Romario of Brazil with a sum of 7 goals in the tournament.
The football events at the 1992 Olympics were held in Spain at various different venues and were the first Under-23 competition in the history of Olympics. Sixteen teams participated and qualified in the tournament including the hosting nation, Spain. The tournament was divided into two stages. The first stage required the teams to compete with members in the same group. There were four groups with four teams and each had to play 3 matches in this stage. The second stage was the knockout round with quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. In the end, Spain was awarded with a gold medal, Poland with silver, and Ghana with bronze. Andrzej Juskowiak of Poland was the notable player scoring 7 goals in the tournament.
The football event at the 1980 Olympics was hosted by USSR which commenced on July 20 and ended on August 2. A total of 16 teams from 6 confederations participated which comprised of only men. These events were held in 6 different venues out of which 5 were in host cities. There were 32 matches in the tournament which were allocated to different stages and rounds. The match for the bronze medal was held on 1 August at Dinamo Stadium, Moscow between Soviet Union and Yugoslavia which ended up as a victory for Soviet Union. After the gold medal match, the results were announced which declared Czechoslovakia as the gold medalist, East Germany as the silver medalist, and Soviet Union as the bronze medal recipient. Sergey Andreyev of Soviet Union was the top goal scorer with 5 goals in the tournament.
The football competition at the 1984 Olympics was held in United States from 29 July to 11 August at 4 different locations of which 3 were in the host cities. 16 teams participated from 5 confederations and competed in 32 matches of the tournament. There were a total of 84 goals scored that were witnessed by 1,425,181 attendees. The tournament ended awarding France with a gold medal, Brazil with silver, and Yugoslavia with bronze. There were three top scorers in the tournament each scoring 5 goals, namely Daniel Xuereb of France, Borislav Cvetković and Stjepan Deverić of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
The football tournament at the 1972 Olympics was held in West Germany from 27 August to 10 September. 16 teams participated of which some of the notable teams such as Brazil, Germany, Soviet Union, and Poland was also present in the tournament. The contest comprised of two qualifying rounds, a bronze medal match and a final for the gold medal. The bronze medal match was held on 10 September between Soviet Union and East Germany at the Olympic Stadium, Munich which was attended by 80,000 people. Since the match was a tie between both teams, both countries were awarded the bronze medal. However the gold medal match was won by Poland, making Hungary the silver medalist.
The football events at the 1976 Summer Olympics were hosted by Canada and persisted from July 18 to July 31. The reason for this quick finale was the withdrawal of three teams (Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia) from the tournament due to the observance to the African-led boycott of games against the joining of New Zealand because its rugby team toured apartheid South Africa. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union managed to qualify for the bronze medal match and gained victory over Brazil for 2-0. The final match was held between East Germany and Poland, where Poland was unable to seize control in the match and lost against East Germany for 1-3. Consequently, East Germany was awarded a gold medal, Poland silver, and Soviet Union bronze.
The football tournament at the 1960 Summer Olympics was hosted by Italy and was held from 26 August to 10 September. 16 teams participated in the contest of which 4 qualified for the bronze and gold medal match. The bronze medal match was held on September 9 in Rome between Hungary and Italy in which Hungary claimed its bronze medal. Whereas the gold medal match between Yugoslavia and Denmark was ended up for 3-1 making Yugoslavia the gold medalist and Denmark the silver medal recipient.
The football events at the 1964 Olympics were held in Japan from 11 October to 23 October. 16 teams participated in the contest but Italy and Korea D.P.R withdrew. A unique unofficial consolation round was also held for the 5th place and was won by Romania. In the intervening time, Hungary claimed its possession on the gold medal while Czechoslovakia and Germany were awarded with the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
The football contest at the 1968 Summer Olympics was hosted by Mexico and persisted from 13 October to 26 October. 16 teams participated in the tournament and were divided among four groups out of which 8 teams qualified for the quarter finals. The bronze medal match was held between Japan and Mexico in which Japan proved better to become the bronze medalist. The gold medal match (final) was held between Hungary and Bulgaria where Hungary became the gold medal recipient by scoring a total of 4 goals against Hungary.
The football tournament at the 1948 Olympics was hosted in United Kingdom from 26 July to 13 August. There were a total of 28 matches played in which 102 goals were scored. The competition was divided into 3 rounds; the preliminary round, the first and then the second round comprising of quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final bronze and gold medal match. The tournament was won by Sweden, followed by the silver medalist Yugoslavia, and then the Denmark with a bronze medal. The top-scorer was Gunnar Nordahl of Sweden and John Hansen of Denmark, each scoring 7 goals in the contest.
The football competition at the 1952 Olympics was held in Finland and persisted from 15 July to 2 August. This event was an indication of the arrival of the Hungary National Football Team, also known as the ‘Golden Team’. After the preliminary and first round, the qualifying teams entered the quarterfinals where teams were shortlisted again to compete with each other in the semifinals. The successful teams (Germany and Sweden) played the bronze medal match were Sweden gained victory, while it was Hungary who won the gold medal in the final match with Yugoslavia.
The football contest at the 1956 Olympics was held in Australia and lasted from 24 November to 8 December. The tournament had only 11 participating teams with 5 withdrawals. The final gold medal match featured Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. The Soviet Union won the gold medal while Yugoslavia was awarded with silver and Bulgaria with bronze.
The football contest of the 1924 Olympics was hosted in Paris, France and was held between 25 May and 13 June. There were 279 competitors from 22 nations which were shortlisted at the first and second round to reach the quarterfinals and semifinals. The gold medal was claimed by Uruguay after defeating Switzerland in the finals by 3 goals to nil. While Sweden gained victory over Netherlands in the bronze medal match and was awarded with a bronze medal.
The football tournament at the 1928 Olympics were held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 27 May to 13 June. The tournament featured 17 teams in the Men’s squad. The bronze medal match was held between Italy and Egypt which was won by Italy after scoring 11 goals against Egypt. The gold medal was awarded to Uruguay after gaining victory over Argentina in the 2nd final match due to a draw in the first final.
The football competition at the 1936 Olympics was hosted in Germany from 3 August to 15 August. 16 teams were present in the squad for the contests which were reduced to 8 to compete in the quarterfinals. The final bronze medal match after the semifinals was won by Norway after scoring 3 goals against 2 goals of Poland. Meanwhile, Italy claimed its ownership over the gold medal in the finals, which made Austria the silver medal recipient. It was recorded that a combined 195,000 people were present at the bronze and gold medal matches.
The football tournament at the 1908 Olympics was contested in London, Great Britain which lasted from 19 October to 24 October. 72 competitors from 5 nations competed in the tournament which was the first time the tournament was contested between national representatives’ selections. There was only a final tournament with Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals. The finals consisted of a bronze and a gold medal match. Considering the bronze medal match, Netherlands gained victory over Sweden, while it was Great Britain who was awarded a gold medal at the gold medal match with Denmark.
The 1912 Olympics featured a football tournament at Stockholm, Sweden from 29 June to 4 July in which 135 players from 11 nations competed. After the quarter and semifinals, the bronze medal match took place which was successfully won by Netherlands after scoring 9 goals against Finland. The finals were held on July 4 between Great Britain and Denmark where Great Britain was able to claim a fair win against Denmark by scoring 4 goals to 2. Consequently, a combined 26,000 attendees witnessed Great Britain with a gold medal, Denmark with silver and Netherlands with bronze.
The football contest at the 1920 Olympics was hosted in Antwerp, Belgium from August 28 to September 5 where 190 players from 14 teams participated. The second place final was held as a consolation round between Spain and Italy which was succeeded by Spain to become the bronze medalist. However, there was no need of a consolation round for the finals between Belgium and Czechoslovakia, where Belgium gained victory over its opponent by 2 goals to nil.