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Football, Men

Date29 July – 11 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationRose Bowl, Pasadena, California / Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, California / Harvard Stadium, Allston, Massachusetts / Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Participants246 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

Los Angeles saw a change in the admission rules for football players at the Olympics. FIFA had proposed to open the tournament only for players aged 23 and under, regardless of whether they were professionals or not. This did not sit well with several Eastern European countries, who had dominated the previous tournaments with their state sponsored amateurs. They correctly claimed that the FIFA proposal would violate two principles of the IOC, regarding professionalism and age restrictions. The IOC initially voted against the proposal, but a compromise was eventually reached that excluded only so-called “full professionals,” defined as those who had played at least one full match in the FIFA World Cup, but only for nations from Europe and South America.

Following the Soviet-led boycott, all three medallists from the 1980 Games withdrew. Of the three 1984 medallists, only Yugoslavia had won an Olympic football medal before, although France and Brazil could hardly be called newcomers to the sport - the French national squad had won Euro ‘84 earlier that year. Brazil’s appearance in the final marked the first South American team in the closing rounds of the tournament since Uruguay and Argentina in 1928. Playing with future World Cup winner Dunga, Brazil was unable to topple the French team. They were coached by Henri Michel, who would go on to coach France at the 1986 World Cup. He also coached three African teams at World Cups: Cameroon, Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire. A novelty at the 1984 Olympics was the use of penalty kicks to decide drawn matches in the knock-out phase. It was first used in the quarter-final between Brazil and Canada.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1FranceFRA4201013–6Gold
2BrazilBRA501109–5Silver
3YugoslaviaYUG5011016–10Bronze
4ItalyITA30365–5
=5ChileCHI12142–2
=5EgyptEGY11235–5
=5CanadaCAN11235–4
=5West GermanyFRG202410–6
=9NorwayNOR11133–2
=9CameroonCMR10223–5
=9MoroccoMAR10221–4
=9United StatesUSA11134–2
=13QatarQAT01212–5
=13IraqIRQ01213–6
=13Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKSA00301–10
=13Costa RicaCRC10222–7

Preliminary Round (29 July – 3 August 1984)

Group A (29 July – 2 August 1984)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1FRA12045–4Q
2CHI12042–1Q
3NOR11133–2
4QAT01212–5

Match #1 29 Jul 16:00CHI 0 – 0NOR
Match #2 29 Jul 16:00FRA 2 – 2QAT
Match #3 31 Jul 16:00FRA 2 – 1NOR
Match #4 31 Jul 16:00CHI 1 – 0QAT
Match #5 02 Aug 16:00NOR 2 – 0QAT
Match #6 02 Aug 16:00CHI 1 – 1FRA

Group B (30 July – 3 August 1984)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1YUG30067–3Q
2CAN11134–3Q
3CMR10223–5
4IRQ01213–6

Match #1 30 Jul 16:00CAN 1 – 1IRQ
Match #2 30 Jul 16:00YUG 2 – 1CMR
Match #3 01 Aug 16:00CMR 1 – 0IRQ
Match #4 01 Aug 16:00YUG 1 – 0CAN
Match #5 1 03 Aug 16:00CAN 23 – 1CMR
Match #6 03 Aug 16:00YUG 4 – 2IRQ

Group C (30 July – 3 August 1984)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1BRA30066–1Q
2FRG20148–1Q
3MAR10221–4
4KSA00301–10

Match #1 30 Jul 19:00FRG 2 – 0MAR
Match #2 30 Jul 19:00BRA 3 – 1KSA
Match #3 01 Aug 19:00BRA 1 – 0FRG
Match #4 01 Aug 19:00MAR 1 – 0KSA
Match #5 03 Aug 19:00FRG 6 – 0KSA
Match #6 03 Aug 19:00BRA 2 – 0MAR

Group D (29 July – 2 August 1984)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1ITA20142–1Q
2EGY11135–3Q
3USA11134–2
4CRC10222–7

Match #1 29 Jul 19:00USA 3 – 0CRC
Match #2 29 Jul 19:00ITA 1 – 0EGY
Match #3 31 Jul 19:00EGY 4 – 1CRC
Match #4 31 Jul 19:00ITA 1 – 0USA
Match #5 02 Aug 19:00EGY 1 – 1USA
Match #6 02 Aug 19:00CRC 1 – 0ITA

Quarter-Finals (5 – 6 August 1984)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 05 Aug 15:00ITA 1 – 0
AET
CHI
Match #2 05 Aug 19:00FRA 2 – 0EGY
Match #3 06 Aug 17:00BRA 1 – 1
AET, 4-2 PS
CAN
Match #4 06 Aug 19:00YUG 5 – 2FRG

Semi-Finals (8 August 1984)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 08 Aug 18:00FRA 4 – 2
AET
YUG
Match #2 08 Aug 20:30BRA 2 – 1
AET
ITA

Final Round (10 – 11 August 1984)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 11 Aug 19:00FRA 2 – 0BRA
Match 3/4 10 Aug 19:00YUG 2 – 1ITA

Rankings

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