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Football, Men

Date11 – 28 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Stadio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi / Ethniko Kaftanzogleio Stadio Thessalonikis, Thessaloniki / Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Athina / Pampeloponnisiako Stadio, Patras / Pankritio Stadio, Iraklion / Panthessaliko Stadio, Volos
Participants259 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

The sensation of the 2004 Olympic football tournament was the team from Iraq. Their NOC’s suspension was only lifted in early 2004, but the war-ravaged country managed to qualify for Athens. In the group stage, it upset Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Costa Rica for a quarter-final spot. Their dream continued with a 1-0 victory over Australia. Another surprise was Paraguay, which had never won an Olympic medal prior to 2004. In the semi-final, they played Iraq (which had only won a single Olympic medal in 1960), winning 3-1. Iraq then failed to end the tournament on a high, losing against Italy’s more experienced players for the bronze. The final saw two South American teams pitted against each other for the first time since 1928. Argentina then played Uruguay, but lost the final, as it did in 1996. In fact, Argentina had not won an Olympic title since 1952, but 28 August 2004 proved a good day for them. First the football team broke the 52-year dry spell, followed by their basketball squad later in the day. The title earned several young Argentine players transfers to major European teams. The tournament’s top scorer, Carlos Tévez, remained in Argentina though. Overall though, the 2004 Olympic football tournament was not a great success. Most of the matches were very poorly attended, and the quality level of the tournament was low. As had been the case since at least the 1960s, many observers called for the sport to be excluded from the Olympics.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1ArgentinaARG6001817–0Gold
2ParaguayPAR4021212–9Silver
3ItalyITA312107–8Bronze
4IraqIRQ30399–8
5MaliMLI12155–4
6Republic of KoreaKOR12158–8
7AustraliaAUS11246–4
8Costa RicaCRC11244–8
9GhanaGHA11144–4
=10MoroccoMAR11143–3
=10MexicoMEX11143–3
12TunisiaTUN11144–5
13JapanJPN10236–7
14PortugalPOR10236–9
15GreeceGRE01214–7
16Serbia and MontenegroSCG00303–14

Preliminary Round (11 – 18 August 2004)

Group A (11 – 17 August 2004)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1MLI12055–3Q
2KOR12056–5Q
3MEX11143–3
4GRE01214–7

Match #1 11 Aug 20:30-22:20GRE 2 – 2KOR
Match #2 11 Aug 20:30-22:20MEX 0 – 0MLI
Match #3 14 Aug 20:30-22:20KOR 1 – 0MEX
Match #4 14 Aug 20:30-22:20MLI 2 – 0GRE
Match #5 17 Aug 20:30-22:20KOR 3 – 3MLI
Match #6 17 Aug 20:30-22:20MEX 3 – 2GRE

Group B (12 – 18 August 2004)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1PAR20166–5Q
2ITA11145–5Q
3GHA11144–4
4JPN10236–7

Match #1 12 Aug 20:30-22:20PAR 4 – 3JPN
Match #2 12 Aug 20:30-22:20GHA 2 – 2ITA
Match #3 15 Aug 20:30-22:20GHA 2 – 1PAR
Match #4 15 Aug 20:30-22:20ITA 3 – 2JPN
Match #5 18 Aug 20:30-22:20PAR 1 – 0ITA
Match #6 18 Aug 20:30-22:20JPN 1 – 0GHA

Group C (11 – 17 August 2004)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1ARG30099–0Q
2AUS11146–3Q
3TUN11144–5
4SCG00303–14

Match #1 11 Aug 20:30-22:20AUS 1 – 1TUN
Match #2 11 Aug 20:30-22:20ARG 6 – 0SCG
Match #3 14 Aug 20:30-22:20AUS 5 – 1SCG
Match #4 14 Aug 20:30-22:20ARG 2 – 0TUN
Match #5 17 Aug 20:30-22:20ARG 1 – 0AUS
Match #6 17 Aug 20:30-22:20TUN 3 – 2SCG

Group D (12 – 18 August 2004)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1IRQ20167–4Q
2CRC11144–4Q
3MAR11143–3
4POR10236–9

Match #1 12 Aug 20:30-22:20CRC 0 – 0MAR
Match #2 12 Aug 20:30-22:20IRQ 4 – 2POR
Match #3 15 Aug 20:30-22:20IRQ 2 – 0CRC
Match #4 15 Aug 20:30-22:20POR 2 – 1MAR
Match #5 18 Aug 20:30-22:20CRC 4 – 2POR
Match #6 18 Aug 20:30-22:20MAR 2 – 1IRQ

Quarter-Finals (21 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 21 Aug 18:00-19:50ITA 1 – 0
AET
MLI
Match #2 21 Aug 18:00-19:50ARG 4 – 0CRC
Match #3 21 Aug 21:00-22:50IRQ 1 – 0AUS
Match #4 21 Aug 21:00-22:50PAR 3 – 2KOR

Semi-Finals (24 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 24 Aug 18:00-19:50ARG 3 – 0ITA
Match #2 24 Aug 21:00-22:50PAR 3 – 1IRQ

Final Round (27 – 28 August 2004)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 28 Aug 10:00-11:50ARG 1 – 0PAR
Match 3/4 27 Aug 20:30-22:20ITA 1 – 0IRQ

Rankings

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