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Football, Men

Date17 September – 1 October 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul / Gu-deog Un-dong-jang, Busan / Mu-deung Gyeong-gi-yang, Gwangju / Dae-gu Si-min Un-dong-jang, Daegu / Dae-jon Han-bat Jong-hab-un-dong-jang, Daejeon / Dong-dae-mun Un-dong-jang, Seoul
Participants270 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

As in 1984, World Cup players from Europe and South America were still excluded from competition, but otherwise professionals could compete. For the first time since 1972, all qualified teams actually played at the Olympics. One major surprise in the group stages was Zambia’s 4-0 victory over Italy’s young professional players. In 1993, six of Zambia’s players would die in a plane crash that killed 18 of Zambia’s national team players, which included two 1980 Olympians as well.

The final rounds of the tournaments were closely contested, as the Soviet Union only defeated Italy after overtime, and Brazil needed penalty shots to rid themselves of the West German team. The final, too went into overtime, when Savichev decided the match. It was the USSR’s second Olympic title (after 1956), and Brazil’s second consecutive final loss. Many of the medal winning players went on to have great professional careers. Three West Germans (Klinsmann, Häßler and Riedle) played for the West German team that won the World Cup in 1990, while four Brazilians (Taffarel, Jorginho, Romário and Bebeto would lift the same trophy in 1994. The Soviet players never won another major title, although Mikhaylichenko had played and lost the final of Euro ‘88 earlier in the year.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1Soviet UnionURS5101114–6Gold
2BrazilBRA5011012–4Silver
3West GermanyFRG402816–4Bronze
4ItalyITA303611–13
=5SwedenSWE21157–5
=5ZambiaZAM211510–6
=5AustraliaAUS20242–6
=5ArgentinaARG11234–5
=9TunisiaTUN02123–6
=9IraqIRQ11135–4
=9Republic of KoreaKOR02121–2
=9YugoslaviaYUG10224–4
=13People's Republic of ChinaCHN01210–5
=13GuatemalaGUA00302–12
=13United StatesUSA02123–5
=13NigeriaNGR00301–8

Preliminary Round (17 – 22 September 1988)

Group A (17 – 21 September 1988)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1SWE21056–3Q
2FRG20148–3Q
3TUN02123–6
4CHN01210–5

Match #1 17 Sep 17:00FRG 3 – 0CHN
Match #2 17 Sep 19:00SWE 2 – 2TUN
Match #3 19 Sep 17:00FRG 4 – 1TUN
Match #4 19 Sep 19:00SWE 2 – 0CHN
Match #5 21 Sep 17:00CHN 0 – 0TUN
Match #6 21 Sep 19:00SWE 2 – 1FRG

Group B (17 – 21 September 1988)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1ZAM210510–2Q
2ITA20147–6Q
3IRQ11135–4
4GUA00302–12

Match #1 17 Sep 17:00ITA 5 – 2GUA
Match #2 17 Sep 19:00IRQ 2 – 2ZAM
Match #3 19 Sep 17:00ZAM 4 – 0ITA
Match #4 19 Sep 19:00IRQ 3 – 0GUA
Match #5 21 Sep 17:00ZAM 4 – 0GUA
Match #6 21 Sep 19:00ITA 2 – 0IRQ

Group C (18 – 22 September 1988)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1URS21056–3Q
2ARG11134–4Q
3KOR02121–2
4USA02123–5

Match #1 18 Sep 17:00KOR 0 – 0URS
Match #2 18 Sep 19:00ARG 1 – 1USA
Match #3 20 Sep 17:00KOR 0 – 0USA
Match #4 20 Sep 19:00URS 2 – 1ARG
Match #5 22 Sep 17:00ARG 2 – 1KOR
Match #6 22 Sep 17:00URS 4 – 2USA

Group D (18 – 22 September 1988)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1BRA30069–1Q
2AUS20142–3Q
3YUG10224–4
4NGR00301–8

Match #1 18 Sep 17:00AUS 1 – 0YUG
Match #2 18 Sep 19:00BRA 4 – 0NGR
Match #3 20 Sep 17:00YUG 3 – 1NGR
Match #4 20 Sep 19:00BRA 3 – 0AUS
Match #5 22 Sep 19:00BRA 2 – 1YUG
Match #6 22 Sep 19:00AUS 1 – 0NGR

Quarter-Finals (25 September 1988)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 25 Sep 17:00FRG 4 – 0ZAM
Match #2 25 Sep 17:00URS 3 – 0AUS
Match #3 25 Sep 19:00ITA 2 – 1
AET
SWE
Match #4 25 Sep 19:00BRA 1 – 0ARG

Semi-Finals (27 September 1988)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 27 Sep 17:00URS 3 – 2
AET
ITA
Match #2 127 Sep 20:00BRA 1 – 1
AET, 3-2 PS
FRG

Final Round (30 September – 1 October 1988)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 01 Oct 19:00URS 2 – 1
AET
BRA
Match 3/4 30 Sep 19:00FRG 3 – 0ITA

Rankings

Goals
Shots
Shots on Goal
Fouls Committed
Yellow Cards
Red Cards