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Football, Men

Date24 July – 8 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio del FC Barcelona, Barcelona / Estadio Luis Casanova, Valencia / Estadio de La Romareda, Zaragoza / Estadio de la Nova Creu Alta, Sabadell / Estadio de Sarriá, Barcelona
Participants272 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

While they were automatically qualified for the tournament as the host nation, Spain nevertheless entered the qualification tournament, finishing second behind Czechoslovakia in their group. But the Spaniards had greatly improved by the time of the Olympics, and they cruised through the first five matches without conceding a single goal. Another impressive team was Poland, which trounced Australia in the semi-finals 6-1. The final match was played in the famous Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona. 95,000 fans witnessed the final, in which Poland opened the score. Spain then moved ahead, only to see Poland tie the game again after 76 minutes. With little over a minute left to play, Kiko kicked in the winner from a blocked shot. Several of the Spanish players would later also play for their national team, including Luis Enrique (62 caps), Abelardo (54) and Guardiola (47). Ghana won the match for bronze to become the first African team to win an Olympic football medal. Man of the match was goalkeeper Dossey, who held a penalty kick.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1SpainESP6001214–2Gold
2PolandPOL411917–6Silver
3GhanaGHA32189–6Bronze
4AustraliaAUS21358–12
5SwedenSWE12146–3
6ParaguayPAR12145–5
7ItalyITA20243–5
8QatarQAT11232–5
9United StatesUSA11136–5
10MexicoMEX03033–3
11Republic of KoreaKOR03032–2
12EgyptEGY10224–6
13DenmarkDEN02121–4
14ColombiaCOL01214–9
15MoroccoMAR01212–8
16KuwaitKUW00301–6

Preliminary Round (24 – 30 July 1992)

Group A (24 – 29 July 1992)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1POL21057–2Q
2ITA20143–4Q
3USA11136–5
4KUW00301–6

Match #1 24 Jul 18:00ITA 2 – 1USA
Match #2 24 Jul 20:00POL 2 – 0KUW
Match #3 27 Jul 19:00USA 3 – 1KUW
Match #4 27 Jul 21:00POL 3 – 0ITA
Match #5 29 Jul 19:00POL 2 – 2USA
Match #6 29 Jul 21:00ITA 1 – 0KUW

Group B (24 – 29 July 1992)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1ESP30068–0Q
2QAT11132–3Q
3EGY10224–6
4COL01214–9

Match #1 24 Jul 20:00ESP 4 – 0COL
Match #2 24 Jul 20:00QAT 1 – 0EGY
Match #3 27 Jul 19:00COL 1 – 1QAT
Match #4 27 Jul 21:00ESP 2 – 0EGY
Match #5 29 Jul 19:00EGY 4 – 3COL
Match #6 29 Jul 21:00ESP 2 – 0QAT

Group C (26 – 30 July 1992)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1SWE12045–1Q
2PAR12043–1Q
3KOR03032–2
4MAR01212–8

Match #1 26 Jul 21:00PAR 0 – 0SWE
Match #2 26 Jul 21:00KOR 1 – 1MAR
Match #3 28 Jul 19:00SWE 4 – 0MAR
Match #4 28 Jul 21:00KOR 0 – 0PAR
Match #5 30 Jul 21:00KOR 1 – 1SWE
Match #6 30 Jul 21:00PAR 3 – 1MAR

Group D (26 – 30 July 1992)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1GHA12044–2Q
2AUS11135–4Q
3MEX03033–3
4DEN02121–4

Match #1 26 Jul 19:00DEN 1 – 1MEX
Match #2 26 Jul 19:00GHA 3 – 1AUS
Match #3 28 Jul 19:00DEN 0 – 0GHA
Match #4 28 Jul 21:00AUS 1 – 1MEX
Match #5 30 Jul 19:00AUS 3 – 0DEN
Match #6 30 Jul 19:00GHA 1 – 1MEX

Quarter-Finals (1 – 2 August 1992)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 01 Aug 19:00ESP 1 – 0ITA
Match #2 01 Aug 21:30POL 2 – 0QAT
Match #3 1 02 Aug 19:00GHA 24 – 2
AET
PAR
Match #4 02 Aug 21:30AUS 2 – 1SWE

Semi-Finals (5 August 1992)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 05 Aug 19:00POL 6 – 1AUS
Match #2 05 Aug 21:30ESP 2 – 0GHA

Final Round (7 – 8 August 1992)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 08 Aug 20:00ESP 3 – 2POL
Match 3/4 07 Aug 20:00GHA 1 – 0AUS

Rankings

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