1992 Summer Olympics Football Tournament
Tournament details
Host countrySpain
Dates24 July – 8 August
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (1st title)
Runners-up Poland
Third place Ghana
Fourth place Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored87 (2.72 per match)
Top scorer(s)Poland Andrzej Juskowiak (7 goals)
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The football competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics featured 16 national sides from the six continental confederations. The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four and each group played 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 Camp Nou on 8 August 1992.[1]

For the first time, an age limit has been set for participants under the age of 23, which has been used ever since.

Spain became the first host country to win the gold medal in an Olympic football tournament since Belgium in 1920, an achievement which would not be repeated again until Brazil won it in 2016. Till 2022, Spain is still the last European side that won the gold medal at men's football event in the Summer Olympics.

Notably, these were the first matches played with football's new back-pass rule[2] and was the last Olympic football competition which was open to men only before the introduction of a women’s tournament four years later.

Competition schedule

Legend
G Group stage ¼ Quarter-finals ½ Semi-finals B Bronze medal match F Gold medal match
24 Fri 25 Sat 26 Sun 27 Mon 28 Tue 29 Wed 30 Thu 31 Fri 1 Sat 2 Sun 3 Mon 4 Tue 5 Wed 6 Thu 7 Fri 8 Sat
G G G G G G ¼ ¼ ½ B F

Source: [3]

Qualification

See also: Football at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men's qualification

The following 16 teams qualified for the 1992 Olympic men's football tournament:

Means of qualification Berths Qualified
Host nation 1  Spain
1992 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship 4  Italy
 Sweden
 Denmark
 Poland
AFC Preliminary Competition 3  Qatar
 South Korea
 Kuwait
CAF Preliminary Competition 3  Egypt
 Ghana
 Morocco
1992 CONCACAF Pre-Olympic Tournament 2  Mexico
 United States
1992 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament 2  Colombia
 Paraguay
OFC–UEFA play-off 1  Australia
Total 16

Venues

Barcelona Valencia
Camp Nou Estadi de Sarrià Estadio Luis Casanova
Capacity: 100,000 Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 50,000
Camp Nou aerial (cropped).jpg
Sarrià.jpg
Mestalla trofeu taronja 120811.jpg
Sabadell
Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta
Capacity: 16,000
Estadinovacreualta 2.jpg
Zaragoza
Estadio La Romareda
Capacity: 43,001
La Romareda en día de partido.jpg

Match officials

Squads

Main article: Football at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men's team squads

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 5
 Italy 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1 4
 United States 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 3
 Kuwait 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: FIFA
Italy 2–1 United States
Melli 15'
Albertini 22'
Report Moore 65'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)

Poland 2–0 Kuwait
Juskowiak 7', 80' Report
Estadio La Romareda, Zaragoza
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Juan Francisco Escobar (PAR)

United States 3–1 Kuwait
Brose 56'
Lagos 79'
Snow 85'
Report Marwi 16'
Estadio La Romareda, Zaragoza
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (MRI)

Italy 0–3 Poland
Report Juskowiak 5'
Staniek 48'
Mielcarski 90'
Estadi de Sarrià, Barcelona
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Philip Don (GBR)

United States 2–2 Poland
Imler 20'
Snow 85'
Report Koźmiński 31'
Juskowiak 40'
Estadio La Romareda, Zaragoza
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (MRI)

Italy 1–0 Kuwait
Melli 10' Report
Estadi de Sarrià, Barcelona
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (MEX)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 6
 Qatar 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
 Egypt 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 2
 Colombia 3 0 1 2 4 9 −5 1
Source: FIFA


Spain 4–0 Colombia
Guardiola 10'
Kiko 37'
Berges 41'
Enrique 69'
Report
Estadio Luis Casanova, Valencia
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Markus Merk (GER)

Egypt 0–1 Qatar
Report Mustafa 74'
Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta, Sabadell
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Philip Don (GBR)

Spain 2–0 Egypt
Solozábal 55'
Soler 70'
Report

Colombia 1–1 Qatar
Aristizábal 62' Report Soufi 89'

Spain 2–0 Qatar
Alfonso 40'
Kiko 60'
Report
Estadio Luis Casanova, Valencia
Attendance: 19,300
Referee: Arturo Angeles (USA)

Colombia 3–4 Egypt
Gaviria 9', 84'
Pacheco 14'
Report Youssef 27'
El-Masry 47'
Khashaba 90+1', 90+4'
Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta, Sabadell
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 3 1 2 0 5 1 +4 4
 Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 4
 South Korea 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
 Morocco 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
Source: FIFA
Sweden 0–0 Paraguay
Report
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Lube Spassov (BUL)

Morocco 1–1 South Korea
Bahja 64' Report Jung Jae-kwon 73'
Estadio Luis Casanova, Valencia
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Arturo Angeles (USA)

Sweden 4–0 Morocco
Brolin 14', 69'
Mild 20'
Rödlund 57'
Report
Estadio Nova Creu Alta, Sabadell
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: José Torres Cadena (COL)

Paraguay 0–0 South Korea
Report
Estadio Luis Casanova, Valencia
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Mohamed Sendid (ALG)

Sweden 1–1 South Korea
Rödlund 52' Report Seo Jung-won 28'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)

Paraguay 3–1 Morocco
Arce 43'
Caballero 57'
Gamarra 70'
Report Naybet 87'
Estadio Luis Casanova, Valencia
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Markus Merk (GER)

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 4
 Australia 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 3
 Mexico 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
 Denmark 3 0 2 1 1 4 −3 2
Source: FIFA
Denmark 1–1 Mexico
Thomsen 85' Report Rotllán 39' (pen.)
Estadio La Romareda, Zaragoza
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)

Ghana 3–1 Australia
Gargo 12'
Ayew 83', 89'
Report Vidmar 91'

Denmark 0–0 Ghana
Report

Mexico 1–1 Australia
Castañeda 63' Report Arambasic 20'
Estadi de Sarrià, Barcelona
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Kiichiro Tachi (Japan)

Denmark 0–3 Australia
Report Markovski 32'
Mori 60'
Vidmar 75'
Estadio La Romareda, Zaragoza
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)

Mexico 1–1 Ghana
Rotllán 30' Report Ayew 79'

Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
1 August – Valencia
 
 
 Spain1
 
5 August – Valencia
 
 Italy0
 
 Spain2
 
2 August – Zaragoza
 
 Ghana0
 
 Paraguay2
 
8 August – Barcelona (Camp Nou)
 
 Ghana (a.e.t.)4
 
 Spain3
 
1 August – Barcelona (Camp Nou)
 
 Poland2
 
 Poland2
 
5 August – Barcelona (Camp Nou)
 
 Qatar0
 
 Poland6
 
2 August – Barcelona (Camp Nou)
 
 Australia1 Bronze medal match
 
 Sweden1
 
7 August – Barcelona (Camp Nou)
 
 Australia2
 
 Ghana1
 
 
 Australia0
 

Quarter-finals

Spain 1–0 Italy
Kiko 38' Report
Estadio Luis Casanova, Valencia
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Rezende de Freitas (BRA)

Poland 2–0 Qatar
Kowalczyk 42'
Jałocha 74'
Report
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Sendid (ALG)

Paraguay 2–4 (a.e.t.) Ghana
Acheampong 78' (o.g.)
Campos 81'
Report Ayew 17', 55', 120+1'
Rahman 114'
Estadio La Romareda, Zaragoza
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Bujsaim (UAE)

Sweden 1–2 Australia
Andersson 60' Report Markovski 30'
Murphy 53'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Brizio Carter (MEX)

Semi-finals

Spain 2–0 Ghana
Abelardo 25'
Berges 55'
Report
Estadio Luis Casanova, Valencia
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Brizio Carter (MEX)

Poland 6–1 Australia
Kowalczyk 27', 88'
Juskowiak 43', 52', 78'
Murphy 67' (o.g.)
Report Veart 35'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Rezende de Freitas (BRA)

Bronze medal match

Australia 0–1 Ghana
Report Asare 19'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Díaz Vega (ESP)

Gold medal match

Poland 2–3 Spain
Kowalczyk 44'
Staniek 76'
Report Abelardo 65'
Kiko 72', 90'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 95,000
Referee: Torres Cadena (Colombia)

Medal winners

Goalscorers

With seven goals, Poland's Andrzej Juskowiak was the top scorer of the tournament. In total, 87 goals were scored by 57 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

Andrzej Juskowiak, the tournament's top scorer
Andrzej Juskowiak, the tournament's top scorer
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Final ranking

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Spain (ESP) 6 6 0 0 14 2 +12 12
2  Poland (POL) 6 4 1 1 17 6 +11 9
3  Ghana (GHA) 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 8
4  Australia (AUS) 6 2 1 3 8 12 −4 5
5  Italy (ITA) 4 2 0 2 3 5 −2 4
6  Sweden (SWE) 4 1 2 1 6 3 +3 4
7  Paraguay (PAR) 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 4
8  Qatar (QAT) 4 1 1 2 2 5 −3 3
9  United States (USA) 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 3
10  Mexico (MEX) 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
11  South Korea (KOR) 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
12  Egypt (EGY) 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 2
13  Denmark (DEN) 3 0 2 1 1 4 −3 2
14  Colombia (COL) 3 0 1 2 4 9 −5 1
15  Morocco (MAR) 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
16  Kuwait (KUW) 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: [4]

References

  1. ^ "Football at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  2. ^ Miller, Nick (18 February 2015). "Who was the last goalkeeper to legally pick up a backpass?". the Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Football Tournament 1992 Olympiad".
  4. ^ "Football Tournament 1992 Olympiad". www.rsssf.com.