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Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament

2008 Men's Olympic football tournament
Tournament details
Host country China
Dates 7 August – 23 August
Teams 16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Argentina (2nd title)
Runners-up  Nigeria
Third place  Brazil
Fourth place  Belgium
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 75 (2.34 per match)
Attendance 1,404,254 (43,883 per match)
Top scorer(s) Italy Giuseppe Rossi (4 goals)
men  women
men  women

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 U-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

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
CAF Preliminary Competition September 2006 – March 2008 3  Cameroon
 Ivory Coast
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
OFC Preliminary Competition 1–9 March 2008  Fiji 1  New Zealand
2007 UEFA U-21 Championship 10–23 June 2007  Netherlands 4  Netherlands
Total 16


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

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).


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

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Knockout stage

  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



Bronze medal match

Gold medal match

Final ranking

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 11 5 +6 13
3  Brazil (BRA) 6 4 1 1 7 4 +3 13
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 1 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



4 goals
3 goals
2 goals

1 goal

Own goals


External links

  • Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 - Men,
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