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Olympic Football Tournaments in Numbers

Superstars, shoot-outs and shutouts

Neymar of Brazil rounds the keeper to score the first Brazil goal
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 A student from New Tecumseth, a superstar from Mogi das Cruzes and an ageless Baiana feature in a statistical review highlighting shoot-outs, shutouts and goal gluts from an exhilarating 17 days in one of the globe’s most enchanting countries.


minutes is what Weverton went without conceding – a record within a single Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. Despite only being called into Rogerio Micale’s squad five days before their first game, following an injury to Fernando Prass, the 28-year-old goalkeeper was, alongside Neymar, one of only two players to play every minute for Brazil. Weverton kept clean sheets against South Africa, Iraq, Denmark, Colombia and Honduras, before finally leaking a goal to Germany’s Max Meyer almost an hour into the final.


goals were scored at this Men’s Olympic Football Tournament – one more than its previous record. Landon Donovan, Samuel Eto’o, Patrick M’Boma, Hidetoshi Nakata, Andrea Pirlo, Ronaldinho, Xavi and leading marksman Ivan Zamorano had helped set the previous best in Australia in 2000. The men’s event impressively produced almost one goal per game more than its equivalent at Beijing 2008 – 3.25 to 2.34. Meanwhile Brazil netted 13 times on home soil to surpass Serbia and go second on the list of the most prolific teams in history, one behind 125-goal Italy.


per cent of women’s matches to go to extra time during Rio 2016 subsequently went to penalties – by huge contrast, zero per cent of them had in the first five editions of the tournament. USA had gone to extra time seven times from 1996 to 2012, scoring a single goal on six occasions and conceding one the other, while Germany had netted twice in the additional 30 minutes to sink Sweden in the 2008 quarter-finals. This time around, however, no goals were registered in extra time in the USA-Sweden, Brazil-Australia and Brazil-Sweden games.


matches is the figure to which Brazil midfielder Formiga extended her Olympic Football Tournament record. The 38-year-old, playing in an unprecedented sixth Olympics, made five run-outs to jump second on the list of players with the most appearances in a FIFA competition. Formiga outranked Lothar Matthaus, who played 25 games in the FIFA World Cup™, and is shy of only Kristine Lilly, who played 30 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.


years have now passed since a European team won the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament – a staggering statistic considering that the 1992 conquest of a Spain side comprising Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique gave the Old Continent a 13th consecutive gold! Thereafter, Nigeria, Cameroon, Argentina in back-to-back editions, Mexico and now Brazil have lifted the trophy.


years and 169 days is the age at which Deanne Rose became the youngest markswoman in Olympic history when she broke the deadlock in the bronze-medal match. The Canadian was a few months younger than Gu Yasha when she scored for China PR against Argentina in 2008.


 seconds is all it took Neymar to score the fastest goal in Olympic history against Honduras. The record going into Rio 2016 had been Oribe Peralta’s goal for Mexico after 28 seconds of the 2012 final – a time that Honduran Alberth Elis equalled against Portugal in the group stage. 


consecutive victories is what USA extended their own record in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament to with a 1-0 reverse of France in Group G. A last-gasp strike from Colombia’s Catalina Usme ended the Americans’ run in their next outing, but they did leave Brazil on a 15-game unbeaten streak in the competition. Team USA have now played 32 matches in the women’s event and lost to just one country – Norway, twice.


years had passed since Argentina’s Carlos Tevez scored the last Men’s Olympic Football Tournament hat-trick until five were scored within six days in Brazil. Korea Republic’s Ryu Seungwoo, Erick Gutierrez of Mexico and Germany pair Nils Peterson and Max Meyer all managed the feat against Fiji, while Oghenekaro Etebo did in Nigeria’s 5-4 defeat of Japan.


goals without reply is what Germany put past Fiji to record the joint-fifth-biggest victory in Men’s Olympic Football Tournament history. It marked the first time in over half a century that a team had won by over a nine-goal margin. The biggest win remains Denmark’s 17-1 demolition of France in 1908.


goalless draws unfolded in this Women’s Olympic Football Tournament – the same number its previous five editions had cumulatively produced. Brazil were involved in three of them, against China PR, Australia and Sweden. Twenty clean sheets were registered over the 26 games.

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