| Event type

Football, Men

Date26 July – 11 August 2012
LocationCity of Coventry Stadium, Coventry / Hampden Park, Glasgow / Stadiwm y Mileniwm, Cardiff / Old Trafford, Manchester / St James' Park, Newcastle / Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants267 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

Although they had never won a gold medal at the Olympics, Brazil was favored to do so now. The squad featured top players like Hulk, Marcelo and Neymar along with a host of talents, several of which had played when Brazil won the 2011 U-20 World Cup. Their chief opponents were expected to be Spain. They had won the European qualifier, their senior team had just won Euro 2012, and a few of those players also competed at the Olympics: Javi Martínez, Juan Mata and Jordi Alba. Other contenders were the unknown British team – composed of English and Welsh players, featuring veteran star Ryan Giggs – and Mexico, which had placed third at the 2011 U-20 Worlds (runner-up Portugal didn’t qualify). Four teams débuted at the Olympics: Belarus, Gabon, Senegal and United Arab Emirates.

The biggest surprise of the preliminaries was the elimination of Spain, which lost twice and drew once. The other favorites did proceed to the quarter-finals, where the hosts lost to South Korea on penalties. Brazil won 3-2 over tiny Honduras after being 1-2 down, while Mexico needed extra time against Senegal. The fourth semi-finalist was Japan, which ousted Egypt.

Both Japan and Mexico had only once before reached the semi-final stage of an Olympic football tournament, both in 1968, when the Japanese beat Mexico for the bronze. This time, the Central Americans proceeded despite an early lead through Japan’s Yuki Otsu. South Korea, first-time Olympic semi-finalist, was too weak for the Brazilians, who proceeded into their third Olympic final.

Brazil was heavily favored for the gold, but the Mexicans delivered a sensitive blow only 28 seconds into the game, when Oribe Peralta struck after a defensive error. The Brazilians dominated most of the match, but were unable to seriously threaten the Mexican defense. With 15 minutes left on the clock, Peralta headed in a free kick to all but clinch the title. Hulk scored a late goal to lift the hopes of the Brazilian fans for a few minutes.

The bronze medal match saw South Korea beat Japan 2-0. Amid the celebrations, Korean player Park Jong-Wu held up a banner he received, stating “Dokdo is our territory” – referring to the Liancourt Rocks dispute between the two nations. As the IOC does not permit athletes to make political statements, Park was immediately banned from the medal ceremony. He was later fined and banned for two matches by FIFA, and initially did not receive his Olympic medal. In February 2013 the IOC Executive Board voted to censure Park with a strong warning for inappropriate behavior, but informed the Korean Olympic Committee to deliver a bronze medal to Park “as long as it done without fanfare or publicity of any kind”.

Earlier, the Korean team was also involved in another controversy. Following his team’s loss to South Korea, Swiss player Michel Morganella called the Koreans a “bunch of mentally handicapped retards” on Twitter, for which he was promptly expelled from the team by his coach.

Goalkeeper1José Corona
Defense2Israel Jiménez
Defense3Carlos Salcido
Defense4Hiram Mier
Defense5Darvin Chávez
Midfield6Héctor Herrera
Midfield7Javier Cortés
Forward8Marco Fabián
Forward9Oribe Peralta
Forward10Giovani dos Santos
Midfield11Javier Aquino
Forward12Raúl Jiménez
Defense13Diego Reyes
Midfield14Jorge Enríquez
Defense15Néstor Vidrio
Midfield16Miguel Ponce
Defense17Néstor Araújo DNS
Goalkeeper18José Rodríguez DNS
Forward19Alan Pulido DNS
Midfield20Cándido Ramírez DNS
Midfield21Jorge Hernández DNS
Goalkeeper22Liborio Sánchez DNS
CoachLuis Fernando Teña
Goalkeeper1 Gabriel
Defense2 Rafael
Defense3Thiago Silva
Defense4Juan Jesus
Midfield5 Sandro
Defense6 Marcelo
Forward7Lucas Moura
Defense8 Rômulo
Forward9 Leandro Damião
Midfield10 Oscar
Forward11 Neymar
Forward12 Hulk
Defense13Bruno Uvini
Defense14 Danilo
Defense15 Alex Sandro
Midfield16 Ganso
Forward17 Alexandre Pato
Goalkeeper18 Neto
Defense19 Marquinhos DNS
Midfield20 Giuliano DNS
Midfield21 Casemiro DNS
Goalkeeper Rafael DNS1
CoachMano Menezes
3Republic of KoreaKORBronze
Goalkeeper1Jeong Seong-Ryong
Defense2Oh Jae-Seok
Defense3Yun Seok-Yeong
Defense4Kim Yeong-Gwon
Defense5Kim Gi-Hui
Midfield6Gi Seong-Yong
Midfield7Kim Bo-Gyeong
Midfield8Baek Seong-Dong
Midfield9Ji Dong-Won
Forward10Park Ju-Yeong
Midfield11Nam Tae-Hui
Defense12Hwang Seok-Ho
Midfield13Gu Ja-Cheol
Defense14Kim Chang-Su
Midfield15Park Jong-U
Midfield16Jeong U-Yeong
Forward17Kim Hyeon-Seong
Goalkeeper18Lee Beom-Yeong
Defense19Jeong Dong-Ho DNS
Midfield20Kim Min-Wu DNS
Midfield21Yun Il-Rok DNS
Goalkeeper22Kim Yeong-Gwang DNS
CoachHong Myeong-Bo
Goalkeeper1Shuichi Gonda
Defense2Yuhei Tokunaga
Midfield3Takahiro Ohgihara
Defense4Hiroki Sakai
Defense5Maya Yoshida
Midfield6Taisuke Muramatsu
Forward7Yuki Otsu
Defense8Kazuya Yamamura
Forward9Kenyu Sugimoto
Midfield10Keigo Higashi
Forward11Kensuke Nagai
Defense12Gotoku Sakai
Defense13Daisuke Suzuki
Midfield14Takashi Usami
Forward15Manabu Saito
Midfield16Hotaru Yamaguchi
Midfield17Hiroshi Kiyotake
Goalkeeper18Shunsuke Ando DNS
Forward19Ryohei Yamazaki DNS
Defense20Kazuki Oiwa DNS
Midfield21Takuji Yonemoto DNS
Goalkeeper22Akihiro Hayashi DNS
CoachTakashi Sekizuka
5Great BritainGBR
Goalkeeper1Jack Butland
Defense2Neil Taylor
Defense3Ryan Bertrand
Defense4Danny Rose
Defense5Steven Caulker
Defense6Craig Dawson
Midfield7Tom Cleverley
Midfield8Joe Allen
Forward9Daniel Sturridge
Forward10Craig Bellamy
Midfield11Ryan Giggs
Defense12James Tomkins
Midfield13Jack Cork
Defense14Micah Richards
Midfield15Aaron Ramsey
Midfield16Scott Sinclair
Forward17Marvin Sordell
Goalkeeper18Jason Steele DNS
Defense19Ryan Bennett DNS
Midfield20Adam Johnson DNS
Forward21Jordan Rhodes DNS
Goalkeeper22Alex McCarthy DNS
CoachStuart Pearce
Goalkeeper1Ousmane Mané
Defense2Saliou Ciss
Midfield3Ibrahima Seck
Defense4Abdoulaye Ba
Defense5Papa Gueye
Defense6Zargo Touré
Forward7Moussa Konaté
Midfield8Cheikhou Kouyaté
Defense9Kara Mbodj
Midfield10Sadio Mané
Forward11Kalidou Yero
Forward12Ibrahima Baldé
Midfield13Mohamed Diamé
Midfield14Idrissa Gueye
Forward15Magaye Gueye
Defense16Pape Souaré
Midfield17Stéphane Badji
Goalkeeper18Papa Camara DNS
DefenseVictor Bindia DNS2
Midfield20Abdoulaye Sané DNS
Goalkeeper22Issa N'Diaye DNS
Forward21Dame N'Doye DNS
CoachAbdou Karim Séga Diouf
Goalkeeper1José Mendoza
Defense2Wilmer Crisanto
Defense3Maynor Figueroa
Defense5David Velásquez
Midfield6Arnold Peralta
Midfield7Mario Martínez
Midfield8Alfredo Mejía
Forward9Antony Lozano
Midfield10Alexander López
Forward11Jerry Bengtson
Midfield12Orlin Peralta
Forward13Eddie Hernández
Midfield14Andy Najar
Midfield15Róger Espinoza
Defense16Johnny Leverón
Midfield17Luis Garrido
Defense4Hilder Colón DNS
Goalkeeper18Francisco Reyes DNS
Forward19Romell Quioto DNS
Defense20Ever Alvarado DNS
Midfield21Wilmer Fuentes DNS
Goalkeeper22Marlon Licona DNS
CoachLuis Fernando Suárez
Goalkeeper1Ahmed El-Shenawi
Defense2Mahmoud Alaa
Defense4Omar Gaber
Forward5Mohamed Aboutrika
Defense6Ahmed Hegazi
Defense7Ahmed Fathi
Midfield8Shehabeldin Ahmed
Forward9Marwan Mohsen
Forward10Emad Moteab
Forward11Mohamed Salah
Defense12 Milo
Midfield13Saleh Gomaa
Midfield14Hossam Hassan
Defense15Saad Samir
Forward16Ahmed Magdy
Midfield17Mohamed El-Neny
Goalkeeper18Mohamed Bassam DNS
Midfield19Mohamed Sobhi DNS
Forward20Ahmed Hamoudi DNS
Defense21Salah Soliman DNS
Goalkeeper22Aly Lotfi DNS
Defense3Aly Fathy DNS
CoachHany Ramzy
Goalkeeper1Martín Campaña
Defense2Ramón Arias
Defense4Sebastián Coates
Defense5Emiliano Albín
Defense6Germán Rolín
Forward7Edinson Cavani
Midfield8Maximiliano Calzada
Forward9Luis Suárez
Midfield10Gastón Ramírez
Forward11Abel Hernández
Midfield12Jonathan Urretaviscaya
Defense13Matías Aguirregaray
Midfield14Nicolás Lodeiro
Midfield15Diego Rodríguez
Forward16Tabaré Viudez
Midfield17Egidio Arévalo
Goalkeeper18Leandro Gelpi DNS
Defense19Alejandro Silva DNS
Defense20Marcelo Silva DNS
Midfield21Federico Pintos DNS
Goalkeeper22Martín Rodríguez DNS
Defense3Diego Polenta DNS
CoachÓscar Tabárez
Goalkeeper1Aliaksandr Hutar
Midfield2Stanislau Drahun
Defense3Ihar Kuzmianok
Defense4Siarhei Palitsevich
Midfield5Dzmitry Baha
Defense6Aliaksei Haurylovich
Forward8Siarhei Karnilenka
Midfield10Renan Bardzini Bresan
Forward11Andrei Varankou
Defense12Aliaksei Kazlou
Midfield13Illia Aleksiyevich
Forward14Yahor Zubovich
Midfield15Artsiom Salavei
Midfield16Mikhail Hardzieychuk
Defense17Dzianis Paliakou
Forward19Maksim Skavysh
Defense7Maksim Vitus DNS3
Defense20Aleh Veratsila DNS
Defense21Vitali Haiduchyk DNS
Goalkeeper22Filip Vaitsiakhovich DNS
Forward9Uladzimir Khvashchynski DNS
Goalkeeper18Andrei Shcharbakou DNS
CoachHeorhiy Kandratseu
Goalkeeper1Mohamed Amsif
Defense2Abdelatif Noussir
Defense3Mohamed Aberhoune
Defense4Abdelhamid El Kaoutari
Defense5Zakarya Bergdich
Midfield6Imad Najah
Forward7Zakaria Labyad
Midfield8Driss Fettouhi
Forward9Noureddine Amrabat
Midfield10Abdelaziz Barrada
Forward11Soufiane Bidaoui
Midfield12Omar El Kaddouri
Defense13Zouhair Feddal
Midfield14Houssine Kharja
Defense16Yassine Jebbour
Forward17Soufian El Hassnaoui
Goalkeeper18Yassine Bounou DNS
Defense19El Mahdi Bellaaroussi DNS
Forward20Adnane Tighadouini DNS
Midfield21Mohammed Bemammer DNS
Goalkeeper22Yassine El Haouasli DNS
Midfield15Rayan Frikeche DNS
CoachPim Verbeek
Goalkeeper1Didier Ovono
Defense2Muller Dinda
Defense3Stévy Nzambé
Midfield4Franck Engonga
Forward7Allen Nono
Midfield8Alexander N'Doumbou
Forward9Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Midfield10Lévy Madinda
Forward11Axel Méyé
Midfield12Merlin Tandjigora
Midfield13Cédric Boussoughou
Defense15Henri Ndong
Defense16Emmanuel Ndong
Midfield17Jerry Obiang
Midfield21Samson Mbingui
Forward19Romuald Ntsitsigui DNS
Forward20Lionel Yacouya DNS
Goalkeeper22Nick Moundounga DNS
Defense5Bruno Ecuele DNS4
Defense6Rémy Ebanega DNS5
Midfield14André Biyogo Poko DNS6
Goalkeeper18Anthony Mfa DNS
CoachClaude Mbourounot
Goalkeeper1Diego Benaglio
Midfield2Xavier Hochstrasser
Defense3Fabio Daprelà
Midfield4Oliver Buff
Defense5François Affolter
Midfield6Alain Wiss
Forward7Innocent Emeghara
Midfield8Amir Abrashi
Midfield9Fabian Frei
Midfield10Pajtim Kasami
Forward11Admir Mehmedi
Forward12Josip Drmić
Defense13Ricardo Rodriguez
Forward14Steven Zuber
Defense15Timm Klose
Defense16Fabian Schär
Defense17Michel Morganella
Goalkeeper18Benjamin Siegrist DNS
Forward19Haris Seferović DNS
Midfield20Vullnet Basha DNS
Defense21Silvan Widmer DNS
Goalkeeper22Roman Bürki DNS
CoachPierluigi Tami
Goalkeeper1David de Gea
Defense2César Azpilicueta
Defense3Álvaro Domínguez
Midfield4Javi Martínez
Midfield5Iñigo Martínez
Defense6Jordi Alba
Forward7Adrián López
Midfield8Iker Muniain
Forward9 Rodrigo
Forward10Juan Mata
Midfield11 Koke
Defense12Martín Montoya
Defense13Alberto Botía
Midfield14Oriol Romeu
Midfield15 Isco
Forward16Cristian Tello
Midfield17Ander Herrera
Goalkeeper18Diego Mariño DNS
Defense19Víctor Ruiz DNS
Midfield20Asier Illarramendi DNS
Forward21Álvaro Vázquez DNS
Goalkeeper22 Joel DNS
CoachLuis Milla
15United Arab EmiratesUAE
Goalkeeper1Ali Khaseif
Defense2Saad Surour
Defense3Abdulaziz Hussain
Defense4Mohamed Ahmad
Midfield5Amer Abdulrahman
Midfield7Ismail Al-Hammadi
Defense8Hamdan Al-Kamali
Forward9Ahmed Ali
Forward10Ismaeil Matar
Defense11Ahmed Khalil
Midfield12Habib Fardan
Midfield13Khamis Ismail
Defense14Abdelaziz Sanquor
Midfield15Omar Abdulrahman
Midfield16Rashed Eisa
Midfield17Mohamed Fawzi
Goalkeeper18Khalid Isa
Forward19Ali Mabkhout
Midfield20Haboosh Salbookh DNS
Defense21Saoud Suhail DNS
Goalkeeper22Dawoud Sulaiman DNS
Defense6Ali Al-Ameri DNS
CoachMahdi Ali
16New ZealandNZL
Midfield2Tim Payne
Defense3Ian Hogg
Defense4Tim Myers
Defense5Tommy Smith
Defense6Ryan Nelsen
Midfield7Kosta Barbarouses
Midfield8Michael McGlinchey
Forward9Shane Smeltz
Forward10Chris Wood
Forward11Marco Rojas
Defense12Adam Thomas
Midfield13Alex Feneridis
Defense14James Musa
Midfield15Cam Howieson
Forward16Dakota Lucas
Midfield17Adam McGeorge
Goalkeeper18Michael O'Keeffe
Defense19Michael Eagar DNS
Midfield20Cameron Lindsay DNS
Defense21Luke Rowe DNS
Goalkeeper22Scott Basalaj DNS
Goalkeeper1Jake Gleeson DNS
CoachNeil Emblen

Preliminary Round

Date26 July – 1 August 2012

Group A

1Great BritainGBR21075-2Q
4United Arab EmiratesUAE01213-6
Match #126 Jul 17:00UruguayURU2 – 1United Arab EmiratesUAE
Match #226 Jul 20:00Great BritainGBR1 – 1SenegalSEN
Match #329 Jul 17:00SenegalSEN2 – 0UruguayURU
Match #429 Jul 19:45Great BritainGBR3 – 1United Arab EmiratesUAE
Match #501 Aug 19:45SenegalSEN1 – 1United Arab EmiratesUAE
Match #601 Aug 19:45Great BritainGBR1 – 0UruguayURU

Group B

2Republic of KoreaKOR12052-1Q
Match #126 Jul 14:30MexicoMEX0 – 0Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #226 Jul 17:15GabonGAB1 – 1SwitzerlandSUI
Match #329 Jul 14:30MexicoMEX2 – 0GabonGAB
Match #429 Jul 17:15Republic of KoreaKOR2 – 1SwitzerlandSUI
Match #501 Aug 17:00MexicoMEX1 – 0SwitzerlandSUI
Match #601 Aug 17:00Republic of KoreaKOR0 – 0GabonGAB

Group C

4New ZealandNZL01211-5
Match #126 Jul 19:45BelarusBLR1 – 0New ZealandNZL
Match #226 Jul 19:45BrazilBRA3 – 2EgyptEGY
Match #329 Jul 12:00BrazilBRA3 – 1BelarusBLR
Match #429 Jul 15:00EgyptEGY1 – 1New ZealandNZL
Match #501 Aug 14:30BrazilBRA3 – 0New ZealandNZL
Match #601 Aug 14:30EgyptEGY3 – 1BelarusBLR

Group D

Match #126 Jul 12:00JapanJPN1 – 0SpainESP
Match #226 Jul 14:45HondurasHON2 – 2MoroccoMAR
Match #329 Jul 17:00HondurasHON1 – 0SpainESP
Match #429 Jul 19:45JapanJPN1 – 0MoroccoMAR
Match #501 Aug 17:00JapanJPN0 – 0HondurasHON
Match #601 Aug 17:00SpainESP0 – 0MoroccoMAR


Date4 August 2012
FormatWinners of each match advanced to semi-finals.
Match #104 Aug 12:00Republic of KoreaKOR1 – 1Great BritainGBRAET, 5-4 PS
Match #204 Aug 14:30BrazilBRA3 – 2HondurasHON
Match #304 Aug 17:00MexicoMEX4 – 2SenegalSENAET
Match #404 Aug 19:30JapanJPN3 – 0EgyptEGY


Date7 August 2012
FormatWinners of each match advanced to final round.
Match #107 Aug 17:00BrazilBRA3 – 0Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #207 Aug 19:45MexicoMEX3 – 1JapanJPN

Final Round

Date10 – 11 August 2012
FormatMedal round.
Match 1/211 Aug 15:00MexicoMEX2 – 1BrazilBRA
Match 3/410 Aug 19:45Republic of KoreaKOR2 – 0JapanJPN