Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics
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Tournament details
Host countrySouth Korea
Dates17 September – 1 October
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union
Runners-up Brazil
Third place West Germany
Fourth place Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored95 (2.97 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Romário (7 goals)
1984
1992

An association football tournament was played as part of the 1988 Summer Olympics. The tournament featured 16 men's national teams from six continental confederations. The teams were drawn into four groups of four with each group playing a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the gold medal match at the Seoul Olympic Stadium on 1 October 1988.[1][2]

Before the final match, the Soviets relocated from the Olympic Village to Soviet steamship stationed nearby. After winning the gold medal, each player from the Soviet team received 15 thousand dollars from the Soviet government.[3]

Venues

Seoul Busan
Olympic Stadium Dongdaemun Stadium Busan Stadium
Capacity: 69,950 Capacity: 26,383 Capacity: 30,000
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Daegu Daejeon Gwangju
Daegu Stadium Daejeon Stadium Gwangju Stadium
Capacity: 23,278 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 30,000
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Gwangju Mudeung Stadium.JPG
Daejeon Hanbat Ballpark renovation.jpg

Medal summary

Gold Silver Bronze
 Soviet Union (URS)
Aleksandr Borodyuk
Oleksiy Cherednyk
Igor Dobrovolski
Sergei Fokin
Sergei Gorlukovich
Arvydas Janonis
Gela Ketashvili
Dmitry Kharin
Yevgeni Kuznetsov
Viktor Losev
Volodymyr Lyuty
Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko
Arminas Narbekovas
Igor Ponomarev
Yury Savichev
Igor Sklyarov
Vladimir Tatarchuk
Yevgeny Yarovenko
Alexei Prudnikov
Vadym Tyshchenko
 Brazil (BRA)
Ademir
Aloísio
Andrade
Batista
Bebeto
Careca
André Cruz
Edmar
Geovani
João Paulo
Jorginho
Milton
Neto
Romário
Cláudio Taffarel
Luiz Carlos Winck
Ricardo Gomes
Mazinho
Valdo Filho
Zé Carlos
 West Germany (FRG)
Rudi Bommer
Holger Fach
Wolfgang Funkel
Armin Görtz
Roland Grahammer
Thomas Häßler
Thomas Hörster
Olaf Janßen
Uwe Kamps
Gerhard Kleppinger
Jürgen Klinsmann
Frank Mill
Karl-Heinz Riedle
Christian Schreier
Michael Schulz
Ralf Sievers
Fritz Walter
Wolfram Wuttke
Oliver Reck
Gunnar Sauer

Note: The players above the line played at least one game in this tournament, the players below the line were only squad members. Nevertheless, the International Olympic Committee medal database credits them all as medalists.

Qualification

The following 16 teams qualified for the 1988 Olympics football tournament:

Means of qualification Berths Qualified
Host nation 1  South Korea
AFC Preliminary Competition 2  China PR
 Iraq
CAF Preliminary Competition 3  Nigeria
 Tunisia
 Zambia
CONCACAF Preliminary Competition 2  Guatemala
 United States
1987 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament 2  Brazil (winner)
 Argentina (runner-up)
OFC Preliminary Competition 1  Australia
UEFA Preliminary Competition 5  Italy
 Sweden
 Soviet Union
 West Germany
 Yugoslavia
Total 16

Participating nations

Main article: Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's team squads

Each country was allowed to enter a team of 20 players and they all were eligible for participation. A total number of 314 footballers were entered.

A total of 268(*) footballers from 16 nations competed at the Seoul Games:

(*) NOTE: Players who participated in at least one match.

Final tournament

First round

Group A

Main article: Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Sweden 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 5
2  West Germany 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 4
3  Tunisia 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2
4  China PR 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1
Source: FIFA
China PR 0–3 West Germany
[Report] Wuttke 31'
Mill 60', 89'
Busan Gudeok Stadium, Busan
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Juan Daniel Cardellino (URU)

Sweden 2–2 Tunisia
Thern 44'
Hellström 45'
[Report] Dhiab 16'
Maaloul 43' (pen.)
Daegu Civic Stadium, Daegu
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Edgardo Codesal (MEX)

Tunisia 1–4 West Germany
Maaloul 26' (pen.) [Report] Grahammer 4'
Fach 50'
Mill 55'
Wuttke 75' (pen.)
Busan Gudeok Stadium, Busan
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Keith Hackett (ENG)

China PR 0–2 Sweden
[Report] Lönn 19'
Hellström 42'
Daegu Civic Stadium, Daegu
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Badara Séne (SEN)

China PR 0–0 Tunisia
[Report]
Busan Gudeok Stadium, Busan
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Lennox Sirjuesingh (TRI)

Sweden 2–1 West Germany
Engqvist 64'
Lönn 85'
[Report] Walter 60'
Daegu Civic Stadium, Daegu
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Kurt Röthlisberger (SUI)

Group B

Main article: Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Zambia 3 2 1 0 10 2 +8 5
2  Italy 3 2 0 1 7 6 +1 4
3  Iraq 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 3
4  Guatemala 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0
Source: FIFA
Italy 5–2 Guatemala
Carnevale 3'
Evani 11'
Virdis 34'
Ferrara 38'
Desideri 75'
[Report] Castañeda 7'
Paniagua 79'

Zambia 2–2 Iraq
Nyirenda 44'
K. Bwalya 66'
[Report] Radhi 36' (pen.)
Allawi 71'

Zambia 4–0 Italy
K. Bwalya 40', 55', 90'
J. Bwalya 63'
[Report]

Iraq 3–0 Guatemala
Radhi 57'
Jabbar 67'
Mazariegos 77' (o.g.)
[Report]

Zambia 4–0 Guatemala
Makinka 53', 85'
K. Bwalya 79', 82'
[Report]

Iraq 0–2 Italy
[Report] Rizzitelli 59'
Mauro 63'

Group C

Main article: Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 5
2  Argentina 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 3
3  South Korea 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
4  United States 3 0 2 1 3 5 −2 2
Source: FIFA
South Korea 0–0 Soviet Union
Report

United States 1–1 Argentina
Windschmann 78' Report Alfaro 83'

South Korea 0–0 United States
Report

Argentina 1–2 Soviet Union
Alfaro 77' Report Dobrovolski 7'
Mikhailichenko 22'

South Korea 1–2 Argentina
Soo-jin 14' Report Alfaro 3'
Fabbri 73'

United States 2–4 Soviet Union
Goulet 65'
Doyle 85'
Report Mikhailichenko 7', 48'
Narbekovas 19'
Dobrovolski 45'

Group D

Main article: Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 6
2  Australia 3 2 0 1 2 3 −1 4
3  Yugoslavia 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 2
4  Nigeria 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Source: FIFA
Australia 1–0 Yugoslavia
Farina 48' Report

Brazil 4–0 Nigeria
Edmar 59'
Romário 74', 84'
Bebeto 86'
Report

Nigeria 1–3 Yugoslavia
Yekini 88' Report Stojković 35', 67'
Šabanadžović 49'

Australia 0–3 Brazil
Report Romário 20', 57', 61'

Brazil 2–1 Yugoslavia
Cruz 25'
Bebeto 56'
Report Šabanadžović 69'

Australia 1–0 Nigeria
Kosmina 76' Report

Knockout stage

Main article: Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
25 September – Daegu
 
 
 Sweden1
 
27 September – Busan
 
 Italy (a.e.t.)2
 
 Italy2
 
25 September – Busan
 
 Soviet Union (a.e.t.)3
 
 Soviet Union3
 
1 October – Seoul
 
 Australia0
 
 Soviet Union (a.e.t.)2
 
25 September – Gwangju
 
 Brazil1
 
 Zambia0
 
27 September – Seoul
 
 West Germany4
 
 West Germany1 (2)
 
25 September – Seoul
 
 Brazil (a.e.t.)1 (3) Bronze medal match
 
 Brazil1
 
30 September – Seoul
 
 Argentina0
 
 Italy0
 
 
 West Germany3
 

Quarter-finals

Sweden 1–2 (a.e.t.) Italy
Hellström 84' Report Virdis 50'
Crippa 98'
Daegu Civic Stadium, Daegu
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Gérard Biguet (FRA)

Soviet Union 3–0 Australia
Dobrovolski 50', 54'
Mikhailichenko 62'
Report

West Germany 4–0 Zambia
Funkel 18'
Klinsmann 34', 42', 89'
Report
Gwangju Mudeung Stadium, Gwangju
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Jesús Díaz (COL)

Brazil 1–0 Argentina
Giovanni 76' Report
Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul
Attendance: 21,800
Referee: Kurt Röthlisberger (SUI)

Semi-finals

Soviet Union 3–2 (a.e.t.) Italy
Dobrovolski 78'
Narbekovas 92'
Mikhailichenko 106'
Report Virdis 50'
Carnevale 118'
Busan Gudeok Stadium, Busan
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (SYR)

Brazil 1–1 (a.e.t.) West Germany
Romário 79' Report Fach 50'
Penalties
3–2
Olympic Stadium, Seoul
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Keith Hackett (GBR)

Bronze medal match

Italy 0–3 West Germany
Report Klinsmann 5'
Kleppinger 18'
Schreier 68'
Olympic Stadium, Seoul
Attendance: 61,000
Referee: Juan Carlos Loustau (ARG)

Gold medal match

Soviet Union 2–1 (a.e.t.) Brazil
Dobrovolski 61' (pen.)
Savichev 103'
Report Romário 30'
Olympic Stadium, Seoul
Attendance: 74,000
Referee: Gérard Biguet (FRA)

Final ranking

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Soviet Union (URS) 6 5 1 0 14 6 +8 11
2  Brazil (BRA) 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 9
3  West Germany (FRG) 6 4 1 1 16 4 +12 9
4  Italy (ITA) 6 3 0 3 11 13 −2 6
5  Zambia (ZAM) 4 2 1 1 10 6 +4 5
6  Sweden (SWE) 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 5
7  Australia (AUS) 4 2 0 2 2 6 −4 4
8  Argentina (ARG) 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1 3
9  Iraq (IRQ) 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 3
10  Yugoslavia (YUG) 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 2
11  South Korea (KOR) 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
12  United States (USA) 3 0 2 1 3 5 −2 2
13  Tunisia (TUN) 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2
14  China (CHN) 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1
15  Nigeria (NGR) 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
16  Guatemala (GUA) 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0
Source: [4]

Venues

Match officials

Goalscorers

With seven goals, Romário of Brazil was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 95 goals were scored by 53 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.

Romário, top scorer of the tournament with 7 goals
Romário, top scorer of the tournament with 7 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References

  1. ^ FIFA.com
  2. ^ "Football at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Анатолий Бышовец: "Ключевым моментом в создании золотой сборной Сеула стал наш конфликт с Лобановским"". October 2018.
  4. ^ "Football Tournament 1988 Olympiad". www.rsssf.com.