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Football At the 2012 Summer Olympics %E2%80%93 Men's Tournament
2012 Men's Olympic Football Tournament
Olympic rings without rims.svg
Tournament details
Host countryUnited Kingdom
Dates (2012-07-26) (2012-08-11)
(16 days)
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Mexico
Runners-up Brazil
Third place South Korea
Fourth place Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored76 (2.38 per match)
Attendance1,525,134 (47,660 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Leandro Damião
(6 goals)
2008
2016

The men's football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics was held in London and five other cities in Great Britain from 26 July to 11 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to enter their men's U-23 teams in regional qualifying competitions, from which 15 teams, plus the hosts Great Britain, reached the final tournament. Men's teams were allowed to augment their squads with three players over the age of 23. It was the first major FIFA-organised men's tournament to be held within the United Kingdom since the 1966 FIFA World Cup and was the first men's Olympic football tournament to feature a team representing Great Britain since the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.[1]

The gold medal was won by Mexico who defeated Brazil 2-1 in the final.[2]

Qualification

Each National Olympic Committee may enter one men's team in the football tournament.

Participating countries
Means of qualification Date of completion Venue1 Berths[3] Qualified
Host nation 2005 -- 1  Great Britain
AFC Preliminary Competition 29 March 2012 Various
3  South Korea
 Japan
2011 CAF U-23 Championship 10 December 2011  Morocco 3  Gabon
 Morocco
 Egypt
CONCACAF Preliminary Competition 2 April 2012  United States 2  Mexico
 Honduras
2011 South American Youth Championship 12 February 2011  Peru 2  Brazil
 Uruguay
OFC Preliminary Competition 25 March 2012  New Zealand 1  New Zealand
2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship 25 June 2011  Denmark 3  Spain
  Switzerland
 Belarus
AFC-CAF play-off 23 April 2012 United Kingdom Great Britain[4] 1  Senegal
Total 16
  • ^1 Locations are those of final tournaments, various qualification stages may precede matches at these specific venues.

Venues

Six venues were used during the tournament with games also played in Cardiff (Wales) and Glasgow (Scotland). Wembley Stadium in London hosted the Final.

London Manchester Cardiff
Wembley Stadium Old Trafford Millennium Stadium
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 75,643 Capacity: 74,500
Wembley1.jpg View of Old Trafford from East Stand.jpg Millennium Stadium GBR-NZL.jpg
Newcastle Glasgow Coventry
St James' Park Hampden Park City of Coventry Stadium
Capacity: 52,354 Capacity: 51,866 Capacity: 32,609
Newcastle United vs Barnsley, 6 March 2010 (5).jpg 2012 Olympic Football - Honduras v Morroco.jpg Ricoh Arena - geograph.org.uk - 901396.jpg

Squads

For the men's tournament, each nation submitted a squad of 18 players, 15 of whom had to be born on or after 1 January 1989, and three of whom could be overage players. A minimum of two goalkeepers (plus one optional alternate goalkeeper) had to be included in the squad.

Match officials

On 19 April 2012, FIFA released the list of match referees that would officiate at the Olympics.[5]

Confederation Referee Assistants
AFC Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan) Toru Sagara (Japan)
Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan)
Ben Williams (Australia) Matthew Cream (Australia)
Hakan Anaz (Australia)
CAF Bakary Gassama (Gambia) Jason Damoo (Seychelles)
Angesom Ogbamariam (Eritrea)
Slim Jedidi (Tunisia) Bechir Hassani (Tunisia)
Sherif Hassan (Egypt)
CONCACAF Roberto García (Mexico) José Luis Camargo (Mexico)
Alberto Morín (Mexico)
Mark Geiger (United States) Mark Hurd (United States)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
CONMEBOL Raúl Orosco (Bolivia) Efraín Castro (Bolivia)
Arol Valda (Bolivia)
Wilmar Roldán (Colombia) Humberto Clavijo (Colombia)
Eduardo Díaz (Colombia)
Juan Soto (Venezuela) Jorge Urrego (Venezuela)
Carlos López (Venezuela)
OFC Peter O'Leary (New Zealand) Jan-Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)
Ravinesh Kumar (Fiji)
UEFA Felix Brych (Germany) Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Mark Clattenburg (Great Britain) Stephen Child (Great Britain)
Simon Beck (Great Britain)
Pavel Královec (Czech Republic) Martin Wilczek (Czech Republic)
Antonín Kordula (Czech Republic)
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway) Kim Haglund (Norway)
Frank Andas (Norway)
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
Gianluca Cariolato (Italy)

Draw

The draw for the tournament took place on 24 April 2012.[6] Great Britain, Mexico, Brazil and Spain were seeded for the draw and placed into groups A-D, respectively.[7] The remaining teams were drawn from four pots with teams from the same region kept apart.[8]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Preliminary round

Group winners and runners-up advanced to the quarter-finals (also see Tie breakers).

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1).

Group A

The match of Great Britain against Senegal in Old Trafford, Manchester


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Great Britain 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Qualified for knockout stage
2  Senegal 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
3  Uruguay 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  United Arab Emirates 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Source:[]


Senegal 2-0 Uruguay
Konaté Goal 1037 Report
Attendance: 75,093[11]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Attendance: 85,137[12]


Group B


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7 Qualified for knockout stage
2  South Korea 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3  Gabon 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
4   Switzerland 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Source:[]
Attendance: 15,748[15]
Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)


Mexico 2-0 Gabon
Dos Santos Goal 6390+2 (pen.) Report



Group C

Match between Brazil and Belarus
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6 9 Qualified for knockout stage
2  Egypt 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
3  Belarus 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
4  New Zealand 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
Source:[]
Attendance: 14,457[21]
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

Brazil 3-2 Egypt
Rafael Goal 16
Damião Goal 26
Neymar Goal 30
Report Aboutrika Goal 52
Salah Goal 76


Brazil 3-1 Belarus
Pato Goal 15
Neymar Goal 65
Oscar Goal 90+3
Report Bressan Goal 8
Attendance: 66,212[24]

Attendance: 25,201[25]
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

Attendance: 8,732[26]

Group D

Juan Mata taking a corner in the match between Spain and Japan
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7 Qualified for knockout stage
2  Honduras 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3  Morocco 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4  Spain 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1
Source:[]
Honduras 2-2 Morocco
Bengtson Goal 5665 (pen.) Report Barrada Goal 39
Labyad Goal 67

Spain 0-1 Japan
Report ?tsu Goal 34
Attendance: 37,726[28]


Attendance: 26,523[30]
Referee: Juan Soto (Venezuela)

Attendance: 25,862[31]
Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)

Attendance: 35,973[32]

Knockout stage

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Gold medal match
                           
  A1  Great Britain 1 (4)  
B2 1 (5)  
  B2  South Korea 0  
  C1  Brazil 3  
C1  Brazil 3
  D2  Honduras 2  
    C1  Brazil 1
  B1  Mexico 2
  B1  Mexico (aet) 4  
A2  Senegal 2  
  B1  Mexico 3 Bronze medal match
  D1  Japan 1  
D1  Japan 3 B2  South Korea 2
  C2  Egypt 0   D1  Japan 0

Quarter-finals

Japan 3-0 Egypt
Nagai Goal 14
Yoshida Goal 78
?tsu Goal 83
Report


Brazil 3-2 Honduras
Damião Goal 3860
Neymar Goal 50 (pen.)
Report Martínez Goal 12
Espinoza Goal 48
Attendance: 42,166[35]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Semi-finals

Mexico 3-1 Japan
Fabián Goal 31
Peralta Goal 65
Cortés Goal 90+3
Report ?tsu Goal 12
Attendance: 82,372[37]

South Korea 0-3 Brazil
Report Rômulo Goal 38
Damião Goal 5764

Bronze medal match

Gold medal match

Brazil 1-2 Mexico
Hulk Goal 90+1 Report 1
Report 2
Peralta Goal 175


Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Gold medal icon.svg  Mexico (MEX) 6 5 1 0 12 4 +8 16
Silver medal icon.svg  Brazil (BRA) 6 5 0 1 16 7 +9 15
Bronze medal icon.svg  South Korea (KOR) 6 2 3 1 5 5 0 9
4  Japan (JPN) 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10
Eliminated in the quarterfinals
5  Great Britain (GBR) 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3 8
6  Senegal (SEN) 4 1 2 1 6 6 0 5
7  Honduras (HON) 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 5
8  Egypt (EGY) 4 1 1 2 6 8 -2 4
Eliminated in the group stage
9  Uruguay (URU) 3 1 0 2 2 4 -2 3
10  Belarus (BLR) 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
11  Morocco (MAR) 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
12  Gabon (GAB) 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2 2
13  Switzerland (SUI) 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
14  Spain (ESP) 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1
15  United Arab Emirates (UAE) 3 0 1 2 3 6 -3 1
16  New Zealand (NZL) 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 1

Statistics

Goalscorers

With six goals, Leandro Damião of Brazil is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 76 goals were scored by 49 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Discipline

Red cards

Controversies

Queues

For the first matchday at St James' Park, there were long queues at the box office, leading to fans missing some of the game. A spokesman for Ticketmaster said: "We saw extremely high numbers of spectators arriving at St James' Park to purchase football tickets on the day of the event. While Ticketmaster is contracted to manage the box offices at Olympic venues, the staff numbers at those venues are determined by LOCOG. We will continue to work closely with LOCOG to ensure that the box office staff levels are sufficient to meet the demands for ticket sales and collection". LOCOG described the situation as "totally and completely 100% unacceptable", and after changes were made in the process, the issue was reportedly avoided for the second round of matches.[41][42]

During the matches held at the Wembley Stadium on 29 July, fans were subjected to long queues at the concession stands in the ground after Visa's card payment system crashed, leaving cash payment as the only alternative. The situation was compounded by the fact that, as Visa had been granted exclusive rights to the Olympics, other cards could not be accepted as payment, and the number of cash machines in the stadium had been reduced after 27 that worked on the LINK system had been removed to be replaced by eight that could only be used by Visa cards.[43]

There were several problems relating to transport for events held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. There was severe congestion at Cardiff Central railway station when Great Britain played South Korea;[44] and the bronze medal match also had rail disruption when a retaining wall collapsed onto the tracks.[45][46][47]

Player sent home

Swiss footballer Michel Morganella was sent home by the Switzerland team following their 2-1 loss against South Korea after he sent a tweet that, according to the director of Swiss Olympic Committee Gian Gilli, "discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team and people".[48]

Great Britain football teams

Following the criticism against Scottish female player Kim Little, for choosing not to sing the British national anthem "God Save the Queen" because of her national identity,[49] other Scottish and Welsh players, Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Ifeoma Dieke, also attracted comment in the media for remaining silent.[50] Giggs, the Great Britain men's captain, later said: "The problem is the British anthem is the same as the English anthem and if you're a Welshman or a Scotsman it's difficult".[51]

LOCOG also apologised after an error in the official match programme for the first game mistakenly described Welsh player Joe Allen as being English.[52]

Political statement made by Park Jong-woo

After South Korea defeated Japan in the bronze medal match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 10 August, South Korean player Park Jong-woo walked around the field holding a banner with a political message written in Korean, " ?!" (dokdo neun uri ttang, lit.: "Dokdo is our territory").[53] This incident occurred on the same night after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak had visited the islands which both South Korea and Japan claim as their territory.[54] The IOC and FIFA reviewed the evidence, since FIFA statutes prohibit political statements being made by athletes at Olympic events.[55] The IOC barred Park from the bronze medal ceremony and did not permit him to receive his medal.[56] In addition, it asked FIFA to discipline Park, and stated that it may decide on further sanctions at a later date.[57][58] IOC president Jacques Rogge told reporters: "We will take a possible decision of what will happen with the medal later".[59] FIFA failed to reach a conclusion on the case at a meeting at its Zürich headquarters held on 5 October, and the disciplinary committee discussed the case again on the following week,[60] then again failed to reach a verdict. After that, the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) announced that Park would receive his bronze medal. The case was heard again by the committee on 20 November,[61] and FIFA finally decided and announced on 3 December to suspend Park for two matches after he was considered to have breached the FIFA Disciplinary Code and the Regulations of the Olympic Football Tournaments. FIFA also imposed a warning on the Korea Football Association and reminded it of its obligation to properly instruct its players on all the pertinent rules and applicable regulations before the start of any competition, in order to avoid such incidents in the future. The Korea Football Association was warned that should incidents of such nature occur again in the future, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee may impose harsher sanctions on the Korea Football Association.[62]

See also

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