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Football, Men

Date13 – 26 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Azteca, Ciudad de México / Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara / Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla / Estadio León, León
Participants273 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

New regulations meant that all non-amateurs were barred from competing, as well as players who had been active at a World Cup tournament. This was mostly of consequence for the Eastern European teams, which all played with state sponsored amateurs, and title defender Hungary had to leave several of their star players at home. When the draw for the tournament was published, Morocco withdrew its team, refusing to play against Israel. They were replaced by Ghana. The Israeli team was unlucky to be eliminated in the quarter-finals. Following a 1-1 draw after overtime with Bulgaria, lots were drawn to decide the winner, as had been the case in the 1960 Olympic semi-final. Bulgaria proceeded to eliminate the home team in the semi-finals. Hungary meanwhile defeated the tournament’s surprise, the Japanese squad that eventually took home the bronze medal.

The final was a disgrace to football. The Hungarians were leading by 2-1 when Bulgaria’s Dimitrov was sent off for a tackle from behind. A second expulsion soon followed, when Ivkov committed a rough offense. This angered Khristov, who shot the ball towards Mexican referee De Leo. While De Leo could not see the offender, the linesman was paying attention. Khristov was also removed from play, leaving the Bulgarians with only eight. Hungary easily won the match 4-1, although they did not finish unscathed either, Juhász following the three Bulgarians into the dressing rooms before the final whistle.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1HungaryHUN5101118–3Gold
2BulgariaBUL411916–10Silver
3JapanJPN32189–8Bronze
4MexicoMEX303610–9
=5FranceFRA20249–7
=5GuatemalaGUA20246–4
=5SpainESP21154–2
=5IsraelISR20249–7
=9ColombiaCOL10224–5
=9BrazilBRA02124–5
=9GhanaGHA02126–8
=9CzechoslovakiaTCH111310–3
=13GuineaGUI10224–9
=13NigeriaNGR01214–9
=13El SalvadorESA01212–8
=13ThailandTHA00301–19

Preliminary Round (13 – 18 October 1968)

Group A (13 – 17 October 1968)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1FRA20148–4Q
2MEX20146–4Q
3COL10224–5
4GUI10224–9

Match #1 13 Oct 12:00MEX 1 – 0COL
Match #2 13 Oct 12:00FRA 3 – 1GUI
Match #3 15 Oct 15:30FRA 4 – 1MEX
Match #4 15 Oct 15:30GUI 3 – 2COL
Match #5 17 Oct 15:30MEX 4 – 0GUI
Match #6 17 Oct 15:30COL 2 – 1FRA

Group B (14 – 18 October 1968)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1ESP21054–0Q
2JPN12044–2Q
3BRA02124–5
4NGR01214–9

Match #1 14 Oct 15:30ESP 1 – 0BRA
Match #2 14 Oct 15:30JPN 3 – 1NGR
Match #3 16 Oct 15:30ESP 3 – 0NGR
Match #4 16 Oct 15:30BRA 1 – 1JPN
Match #5 18 Oct 15:30ESP 0 – 0JPN
Match #6 18 Oct 15:30BRA 3 – 3NGR

Group C (13 – 17 October 1968)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1HUN21058–2Q
2ISR20148–6Q
3GHA02126–8
4ESA01212–8

Match #1 13 Oct 12:00HUN 4 – 0ESA
Match #2 1 13 Oct 12:00ISR 5 – 3GHA 2
Match #3 15 Oct 15:30GHA 2 – 2HUN
Match #4 15 Oct 15:30ISR 3 – 1ESA
Match #5 17 Oct 15:30HUN 2 – 0ISR
Match #6 17 Oct 15:30ESA 1 – 1GHA

Group D (14 – 18 October 1968)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1BUL210511–3Q
2GUA20146–3Q
3TCH111310–3
4THA00301–19

Match #1 14 Oct 15:30GUA 1 – 0TCH
Match #2 14 Oct 15:30BUL 7 – 0THA
Match #3 16 Oct 15:30BUL 2 – 2TCH
Match #4 16 Oct 15:30GUA 4 – 1THA
Match #5 18 Oct 15:30TCH 8 – 0THA
Match #6 18 Oct 15:30BUL 2 – 1GUA

Quarter-Finals (20 October 1968)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 20 Oct 12:00JPN 3 – 1FRA
Match #2 20 Oct 12:00MEX 2 – 0ESP
Match #3 20 Oct 12:00HUN 1 – 0GUA
Match #4 3 20 Oct 12:00BUL 41 – 1
AET
ISR

Semi-Finals (22 October 1968)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 22 Oct 15:30HUN 5 – 0JPN
Match #2 22 Oct 15:30BUL 3 – 2MEX

Final Round (24 – 26 October 1968)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 26 Oct 15:30HUN 4 – 1BUL
Match 3/4 24 Oct 15:30JPN 2 – 0MEX

Rankings

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