• London 2012

    • Winner: Mexico
    • Runners-Up: Brazil
    • Third: Korea Republic
    • Fourth: Japan
    • Top Scorers: LEANDRO DAMIAO (BRA)
    • FIFA Fair Play award: Japan
  • Beijing 2008

    • Winner: Argentina
    • Runners-Up: Nigeria
    • Third: Brazil
    • Fourth: Belgium
    • Top Scorers: Giuseppe ROSSI (ITA)

    FIFA.com relives the Men's Olympic Football Tournament, which saw Argentina retain their title against Nigeria, and Brazil finish in third place.

  • Athens 2004

    • Winner: Argentina
    • Runners-Up: Paraguay
    • Third: Italy
    • Fourth: Iraq
    • Top Scorers: Carlos TEVEZ (ARG)
    • FIFA Fair Play award: Argentina, Iraq
    Argentina arrived in Greece billed as hot favourites - a mantle that had weighed heavily upon them at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Japan/Korea TM and the recent Copa America, where they were beaten in the final by Brazil. This time, however, the Albicelestes stood firm to win their first-ever Olympic Football Tournament gold medal, having twice fallen at the final hurdle, in 1928 and 1996.
  • Sydney 2000

    • Winner: Cameroon
    • Runners-Up: Spain
    • Third: Chile
    • Fourth: USA
    • Top Scorers: Ivan ZAMORANO (CHI)
    • FIFA Fair Play award: Brazil
    Sixteen nations, 32 games and 102 goals - an average of over three per game - these were the vital statistics of the Men's Olympic Football Tournament in Australia.
  • Atlanta 1996

    • Winner: Nigeria
    • Runners-Up: Argentina
    • Third: Brazil
    • Fourth: Portugal
    • Top Scorers: BEBETO (BRA)
    • FIFA Fair Play award: Argentina
    Nigeria made Olympic football history by becoming the first African and non-European and South American team to win the gold medal. While the football tournament remained primarily an Under-23 competition, each of the 16 competing countries were allowed to use as many as three overage players in a compromise between FIFA and the International Olympic Committee.
  • Barcelona 1992

    • Winner: Spain
    • Runners-Up: Poland
    • Third: Ghana
    • Fourth: Australia
    • Top Scorers: Andrzej JUSKOWIAK (POL)
    • FIFA Fair Play award: Sweden
    It is not often the hosts win Olympic gold in football, but the Spanish did just that and in dramatic fashion.
  • Seoul 1988

    • Winner: Soviet Union
    • Runners-Up: Brazil
    • Third: Germany FR
    • Fourth: Italy
    • Top Scorers: ROMÁRIO (Romário de Souza Faria) (BRA)
    • FIFA Fair Play award: Germany FR
    The Soviet Union sometimes lived on the edge at the 1988 Summer Games, but proved to be difficult to beat for their second Olympic football gold medal.
  • Los Angeles 1984

    • Winner: France
    • Runners-Up: Brazil
    • Third: Yugoslavia
    • Fourth: Italy
    • Top Scorers: Borislav CVETKOVIC (YUG),
    • Stjepan DEVERIC (YUG),
    • Daniel XUEREB (FRA)
    • FIFA Fair Play award: France
    Four years after the boycott over Afghanistan, the Eastern European countries returned the favour with yet another boycott, citing possible security problems. So, only weeks before the start of the Summer Games, favourite teams East Germany, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union were out, and West Germany, Italy and Norway were in.
  • Moscow 1980

    • Winner: Czechoslovakia
    • Runners-Up: German Democratic Republic
    • Third: Soviet Union
    • Fourth: Yugoslavia
    The Communist countries held their own private Eastern bloc party in 1980 because a number of nations boycotted the Olympics. U.S. President Jimmy Carter refused to send American teams to Moscow after the Soviets' Afghanistan invasion. Six other countries that had qualified for the football tournament followed suit -- Argentina, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Malaysia and Norway.
  • Montreal 1976

    • Winner: German Democratic Republic
    • Runners-Up: Poland
    • Third: Soviet Union
    • Fourth: Brazil
    The 1976 Summer Games marked the start of three consecutive boycotts as three African countries -- Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia -- dropped out for political reasons, as did Uruguay (for another reason).
  • Munich 1972

    • Winner: Poland
    • Runners-Up: Hungary
    • Third: Soviet Union
    • Fourth: German Democratic Republic
    Hungary tried to make it three straight in West Germany, but fell to midfielder Kazimierz Deyna and Poland in the final, 2-1. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Poland took advantage of near gale-force winds at their backs to pull out the win before 80,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium.
  • Mexico City 1968

    • Winner: Hungary
    • Runners-Up: Bulgaria
    • Third: Japan
    • Fourth: Mexico
    The 1968 Summer Games might have been the most tumultuous of all Olympics, and that confusion and problems touched the football tournament as well. In the end, Hungary, who captured their third gold medal, joined Great Britain (1908 and 1912) and Uruguay (1924 and 1928) as the only back-to-back Olympic champions.
  • Tokyo 1964

    • Winner: Hungary
    • Runners-Up: Czechoslovakia
    • Third: German Democratic Republic
    • Fourth: Egypt
    The football tournament added another tier as the second-place team in each of the four groups also qualified for the quarter-finals. Even before the opening kick-off, the 1964 event was marred because 328 people were killed during rioting at a qualifying match between Peru and Argentina in Lima.
  • Rome 1960

    • Winner: Yugoslavia
    • Runners-Up: Denmark
    • Third: Hungary
    • Fourth: Italy
    Three times the bridesmaid, Yugoslavia's patience and football ability finally paid off as they took home gold.
  • Melbourne 1956

    • Winner: Soviet Union
    • Runners-Up: Yugoslavia
    • Third: Bulgaria
    • Fourth: India
    Because of the Hungarian Revolution and the Soviet Union's reaction to it, only 11 countries participated in this tournament, making it the smallest football competition since the 1908 & 1912 Summer Games.
  • Helsinki 1952

    • Winner: Hungary
    • Runners-Up: Yugoslavia
    • Third: Sweden
    • Fourth: Germany
    This tournament saw the birth of one of the greatest football teams: Hungary, who were soon to become known as the Magic Magyars, led by the fabulous Galloping Major, Ferenc Puskas. And magic did the Hungarians perform, rolling to five consecutive wins, scoring 20 goals and allowing just two.
  • London 1948

    • Winner: Sweden
    • Runners-Up: Yugoslavia
    • Third: Denmark
    • Fourth: Great Britain
    Due to World War II, there were 12 years between Olympics. In the meantime, the professional game flourished and became stronger.
  • Berlin 1936

    • Winner: Italy
    • Runners-Up: Austria
    • Third: Norway
    • Fourth: Poland
    Because of the growing professional influence and of the presence of a World Cup, there were difficulties defining what an amateur was. With no solution at the time, the International Olympic Committee decided not to include football at the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angeles.
  • Amsterdam 1928

    • Winner: Uruguay
    • Runners-Up: Argentina
    • Third: Italy
    • Fourth: Egypt
    If there was any doubt about Uruguay's prowess at the 1924 Summer Games, it was all but dispelled four years later, as the South Americans captured their second successive crown. The Uruguayans were led by eight returnees from the 1924 squad, including Andrade, Jose Nasazzi, and Hector Scarone.
  • Paris 1924

    • Winner: Uruguay
    • Runners-Up: Switzerland
    • Third: Sweden
    • Fourth: Netherlands
    The Olympic Football Tournament became more than just an eastern hemisphere competition when a South American side made a memorable debut - the marvellously talented and skilful Uruguay.
  • Antwerp 1920

    • Winner: Belgium
    • Runners-Up: Spain
    • Third: Netherlands
    • Fourth: France
    After an eight-year hiatus due to World War I, football returned to the global arena in Belgium as the Olympic flag and its famous five rings was hoisted for the first time. Slowly but surely the football tournament was expanding as 14 countries participated, including a non-European nation for the first time -- Egypt.
  • Stockholm 1912

    • Winner: Great Britain
    • Runners-Up: Denmark
    • Third: Netherlands
    • Fourth: Finland
    In an Olympic first and rarity, the 1-2-3 finish of the 1908 Games was duplicated four years later. The tournament, which grew to 11 teams, started the practice of playing the games in venues outside the main Olympic city. Matches were also hosted in Rasunda and Traneburg.
  • London 1908

    • Winner: Great Britain
    • Runners-Up: Denmark
    • Third: Netherlands
    • Fourth: Sweden
    After tries in Athens (1896), Paris (1900) and St. Louis (1904), the first official Olympic Football Tournament was held in London as host Great Britain won the first of two consecutive gold medals. Eight teams entered the competition -- two from France and one each from Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Great Britain, Hungary and Bohemia, although the latter two later withdrew.

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