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Football, Men

Date13 – 30 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria / Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales / Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane, Queensland / Bruce Stadium, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory / Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, South Australia / Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants267 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

As in 1996, the Brazilians were favored to finally win an Olympic gold medal, having been the runners-up in 1984 and 1988. Again, their national team coach (Vanderlei Luxemburgo) also led the Olympic squad. And, as in 1996, the Brazilians progressed despite a first round shock loss, this time to South Africa. But, as in Atlanta, the Brazilians went out by a golden goal against an African team. The Brazilians were lucky to get into extra time, Ronaldinho scoring the equaliser in stoppage time despite the “Indomitable Lions“ being down two men due to red cards. Modeste M’Bami ended the Brazilians’ Olympic dream, and Luxemburgo was sacked. Cameroon progressed into the final, coming back from a 78th minute own goal to win 2-1 against Chile. The Spaniards had had a somewhat easier road to the final, winning against Italy and the United States in the knockout phase. The final was a real thriller. Spain went ahead by a goal from Xavi, and missed the opportunity to double the lead when 16-year-old goalie Idriss Kameni stopped a penalty. Gabri then scored the 2-0 anyway, seemingly sealing Spain’s second Olympic title after 1992. But Cameroon fought back, and scored two goals within five minutes in the second half. Gabri was then sent off for a flying tackle, followed by his team mate José Mari when he received his second yellow. This left Cameroon in charge during extra time, and they appeared to have won when a goal by star player Samuel Eto’o was disallowed for offside, although the attacker had started from his own half. After 120 minutes, penalty shots had to decide the champion, the first time in an Olympic football final. All Cameroonians scored, while Iván Amaya missed for Spain. Amaya definitely did not have the night of his life: he had already put a header behind his own keeper for the 2-1.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1CameroonCMR4201411–8Gold
2SpainESP4021212–6Silver
3ChileCHI4021214–6Bronze
4United StatesUSA22289–11
5ItalyITA21175–3
6JapanJPN20266–5
7BrazilBRA20266–6
8NigeriaNGR12158–10
9Republic of KoreaKOR20162–3
10HondurasHON11146–7
11South AfricaRSA10235–5
12KuwaitKUW10236–8
13SlovakiaSVK10234–6
14Czech RepublicCZE02125–6
15AustraliaAUS00303–6
16MoroccoMAR00301–7

Preliminary Round (13 – 20 September 2000)

Group A (13 – 19 September 2000)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1ITA21075–2Q
2NGR12057–6Q
3HON11146–7
4AUS00303–6

Match #1 13 Sep 20:00ITA 1 – 0AUS
Match #2 13 Sep 18:30HON 3 – 3NGR
Match #3 16 Sep 18:30ITA 3 – 1HON
Match #4 16 Sep 20:00NGR 3 – 2AUS
Match #5 19 Sep 18:30ITA 1 – 1NGR
Match #6 19 Sep 20:00HON 2 – 1AUS

Group B (14 – 20 September 2000)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1CHI20167–3Q
2ESP20166–3Q
3KOR20162–3
4MAR00301–7

Match #1 14 Sep 18:30ESP 3 – 0KOR
Match #2 14 Sep 20:00CHI 4 – 1MAR
Match #3 17 Sep 20:00CHI 3 – 1ESP
Match #4 17 Sep 18:30KOR 1 – 0MAR
Match #5 20 Sep 18:30KOR 1 – 0CHI
Match #6 20 Sep 20:00ESP 2 – 0MAR

Group C (13 – 19 September 2000)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1USA12056–4Q
2CMR12055–4Q
3KUW10236–8
4CZE02125–6

Match #1 13 Sep 19:00CMR 3 – 2KUW
Match #2 13 Sep 20:00CZE 2 – 2USA
Match #3 16 Sep 19:00KUW 3 – 2CZE
Match #4 16 Sep 20:00CMR 1 – 1USA
Match #5 19 Sep 19:00CMR 1 – 1CZE
Match #6 19 Sep 20:00USA 3 – 1KUW

Group D (14 – 20 September 2000)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1BRA20165–4Q
2JPN20164–3Q
3RSA10235–5
4SVK10234–6

Match #1 14 Sep 19:00BRA 3 – 1SVK
Match #2 14 Sep 20:00JPN 2 – 1RSA
Match #3 17 Sep 19:00RSA 3 – 1BRA
Match #4 17 Sep 20:00JPN 2 – 1SVK
Match #5 20 Sep 19:00BRA 1 – 0JPN
Match #6 20 Sep 20:00SVK 2 – 1RSA

Quarter-Finals (23 September 2000)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 23 Sep 18:30ESP 1 – 0ITA
Match #2 23 Sep 19:00CHI 4 – 1NGR
Match #3 23 Sep 20:00USA 2 – 2
AET, 5-4 PS
JPN
Match #4 23 Sep 20:00CMR 2 – 1
AET
BRA

Semi-Finals (26 September 2000)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 26 Sep 20:00ESP 3 – 1USA
Match #2 26 Sep 20:00CMR 2 – 1CHI

Final Round (29 – 30 September 2000)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 1 30 Sep 12:00CMR 22 – 2
AET, 5-3 PS
ESP
Match 3/4 29 Sep 20:00CHI 2 – 0USA

Rankings

Goals
Shots
Shots on Goal
Fouls Committed
Yellow Cards
Red Cards