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Football, Men

Date20 July – 2 August 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva / Stadion Dynamo, Moskva / Stadion imeni Kirova, Leningrad / Respublikansky stadion, Kyiv / Bolshaya arena, Stadion Dynamo, Minsk
Participants256 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

The Western boycott caused almost half of the qualified teams to withdraw: Argentina, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Malaysia, Norway and the United States. Many of their replacements could not impress at Moscow, and the Cuban team even made it to the quarter-finals after a 0-8 loss to the host nation. The four teams from Eastern Europe, East Germany, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, had no trouble defeating the non-European teams and all placed for the semi-finals.

East Germany reached its second consecutive final, but without the players that had taken the gold in Montréal, while Czechoslovakia played its third Olympic final, losing in 1920 and 1964. The rules required that all amateurs were allowed to compete in Moscow, with the exception of European or South American players who had contested the 1978 World Cup qualifiers or finals. Several of the Czechoslovakian players had, in fact, competed at the 1980 European Championships in Italy. The final remained goal-less until the 77th minute, when substitute Svoboda put in a header to decide the tournament.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1CzechoslovakiaTCH4201010–1Gold
2East GermanyGDR411912–2Silver
3Soviet UnionURS5011019–3Bronze
4YugoslaviaYUG31279–7
=5KuwaitKUW12145–4
=5CubaCUB20243–12
=5IraqIRQ12144–5
=5AlgeriaALG11234–5
=9VenezuelaVEN10223–7
=9ColombiaCOL11132–4
=9SpainESP03032–2
=9FinlandFIN11133–2
=13ZambiaZAM00302–6
=13NigeriaNGR01212–5
=13Syrian Arab RepublicSYR01210–8
=13Costa RicaCRC00302–9

Preliminary Round (20 – 25 July 1980)

Group A (20 – 24 July 1980)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1URS300615–1Q
2CUB20143–9Q
3VEN10223–7
4ZAM00302–6

Match #1 20 Jul 18:00URS 4 – 0VEN
Match #2 20 Jul 20:00CUB 1 – 0ZAM
Match #3 22 Jul 19:00CUB 2 – 1VEN
Match #4 22 Jul 20:00URS 3 – 1ZAM
Match #5 24 Jul 19:00VEN 2 – 1ZAM
Match #6 24 Jul 20:00URS 8 – 0CUB

Group B (21 – 25 July 1980)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1TCH12044–1Q
2KUW12044–2Q
3COL11132–4
4NGR01212–5

Match #1 21 Jul 19:00TCH 3 – 0COL
Match #2 21 Jul 19:30KUW 3 – 1NGR
Match #3 23 Jul 19:00NGR 1 – 1TCH
Match #4 23 Jul 20:00COL 1 – 1KUW
Match #5 25 Jul 19:00KUW 0 – 0TCH
Match #6 25 Jul 20:00COL 1 – 0NGR

Group C (20 – 24 July 1980)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1GDR21057–1Q
2ALG11134–2Q
3ESP03032–2
4SYR01210–8

Match #1 20 Jul 20:00ESP 1 – 1GDR
Match #2 20 Jul 20:00ALG 3 – 0SYR
Match #3 22 Jul 19:00GDR 1 – 0ALG
Match #4 22 Jul 19:00ESP 0 – 0SYR
Match #5 24 Jul 19:00GDR 5 – 0SYR
Match #6 24 Jul 19:00ALG 1 – 1ESP

Group D (21 – 25 July 1980)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1YUG21056–3Q
2IRQ12044–1Q
3FIN11133–2
4CRC00302–9

Match #1 21 Jul 19:00YUG 2 – 0FIN
Match #2 21 Jul 19:00IRQ 3 – 0CRC
Match #3 23 Jul 19:00YUG 3 – 2CRC
Match #4 23 Jul 19:00FIN 0 – 0IRQ
Match #5 25 Jul 19:00FIN 3 – 0CRC
Match #6 25 Jul 19:00IRQ 1 – 1YUG

Quarter-Finals (27 July 1980)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 27 Jul 18:00URS 2 – 1KUW
Match #2 27 Jul 18:00TCH 3 – 0CUB
Match #3 27 Jul 18:00GDR 4 – 0IRQ
Match #4 27 Jul 18:00YUG 3 – 0ALG

Semi-Finals (29 July 1980)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 29 Jul 20:00GDR 1 – 0URS
Match #2 29 Jul 20:00TCH 2 – 0YUG

Final Round (1 – 2 August 1980)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 02 Aug 19:00TCH 1 – 0GDR
Match 3/4 01 Aug 20:00URS 2 – 0YUG

Rankings

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