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Football, Men

Date18 – 31 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec / Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Ontario / Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Ontario / Stade Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec
Participants202 from 13 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

The 1976 Olympic football tournament was plagued by cancellations. First, Uruguay withdrew its team, and so did the South American teams that were called up to replace them (Argentina and Colombia). The FIFA finally awarded their spot to Cuba, which had played in the North and Central American qualifying zone. The African boycott caused three more teams to withdraw: Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana. As usual, the Eastern European teams dominated the tournament, with reigning champions Poland, the Soviet Union and East Germany being joined by Brazil in the semis. The East Germans played with the same squad that had defeated West Germany at home in the 1974 World Cup (the West Germans went on to win that tournament), while Poland had also nominated their World Cup team for the Olympics. While Poland had impressed in 1974, they were now out of shape, and East Germany won the final with relative ease. Among the players in the second round was France’s Michel Platini. He would become one of the world’s football stars in the 1980s, leading France to the European championship in 1984. In 1992, he would carry the Olympic torch during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1East GermanyGDR410910–2Gold
2PolandPOL311711–5Silver
3Soviet UnionURS401810–4Bronze
4BrazilBRA21256–6
=5IsraelISR03134–7
=5FranceFRA21159–7
=5Democratic People's Republic of KoreaPRK10223–9
=5IranIRI10224–5
=9SpainESP00201–3
=9GuatemalaGUA02122–5
=9MexicoMEX02124–7
=9CubaCUB01110–1
=9CanadaCAN00202–5

Preliminary Round (18 – 23 July 1976)

Group A (18 – 22 July 1976)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1BRA11032–1Q
2GDR11031–0Q
3ESP00201–3

Match #1 18 Jul 15:00BRA 0 – 0GDR
Match #2 20 Jul 18:00BRA 2 – 1ESP
Match #3 22 Jul 15:00GDR 1 – 0ESP

Group B (19 – 23 July 1976)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1FRA21059–3Q
2ISR03033–3Q
3MEX02124–7
4GUA02122–5

Match #1 19 Jul 16:00FRA 4 – 1MEX
Match #2 19 Jul 16:00GUA 0 – 0ISR
Match #3 21 Jul 16:00ISR 2 – 2MEX
Match #4 21 Jul 17:00FRA 4 – 1GUA
Match #5 23 Jul 18:00GUA 1 – 1MEX
Match #6 23 Jul 17:00FRA 1 – 1ISR

Group C (18 – 22 July 1976)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1POL11033–2Q
2IRI10123–3Q
3CUB01110–1

Match #1 118 Jul 15:00CUB 0 – 0POL
Match #2 20 Jul 19:00IRI 1 – 0CUB
Match #3 22 Jul 20:00POL 3 – 2IRI

Group D (19 – 23 July 1976)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1URS20045–1Q
2PRK10123–4Q
3CAN00202–5

Match #1 19 Jul 18:00URS 2 – 1CAN
Match #2 21 Jul 18:00PRK 3 – 1CAN
Match #3 23 Jul 21:00URS 3 – 0PRK

Quarter-Finals (25 July 1976)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 25 Jul 16:00BRA 4 – 1ISR
Match #2 25 Jul 16:00GDR 4 – 0FRA
Match #3 25 Jul 18:00POL 5 – 0PRK
Match #4 25 Jul 21:00URS 2 – 1IRI

Semi-Finals (27 July 1976)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 27 Jul 18:00POL 2 – 0BRA
Match #2 27 Jul 18:00GDR 2 – 1URS

Final Round (29 – 31 July 1976)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 31 Jul 21:30GDR 3 – 1POL
Match 3/4 29 Jul 21:00URS 2 – 0BRA

Rankings

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