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1984  Los Angeles Summer Olympics

1984 Summer Olympics - The Results (Football)

Football at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: July 29, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984
Events: 1

Participants: 246 (246 men and 0 women) from 16 countries
Youngest Participant: KSA Muhaisin Al-Jamaan Al-Dosari (18 years, 115 days)
Oldest Participant: FRG Bernd Franke (36 years, 169 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 49 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal

Overview

The Soviet-led boycott by the Eastern Bloc nations severely affected the 1984 football tournament. Sixteen (16) teams qualified, as had been the case since 1956, but three withdrew in support of the boycott and were replaced by lower-qualifying teams. The teams faced the now standard Olympic format, with the 16 teams separated into four four-team groups, that played a round-robin to determine the top two teams in each group, who advanced to the quarter-finals and the knock-out phase.

The matches were held at four stadia in the United States, which were the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California; Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California; Harvard Stadium in Allston, Massachusetts; and the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. This selection made it the most widespread event in Olympic history, as it was about 2,580 miles (4,155 km) from the Rose Bowl to Harvard Stadium.

The 16 original qualifiers were as follows – the United States as the host nation; Czechoslovakia as the defending champion; four teams from a UEFA (Europe) Olympic Qualifying Tournament (France, German Democratic Republic (GDR) [East], Soviet Union, Yugoslavia); three teams from a CAF (Africa) Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco); three teams from an AFC (Asia) Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar); two teams from a CONCACAF (North & Central America/Caribbean) Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Canada, Costa Rica); and two teams from a CONMEBOL (South America) Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Brazil, Chile).

Czechoslovakia, East Germany, and the Soviet Union withdrew. Italy, which had been third in UEFA Group 3, replaced Czechoslovakia. Norway replaced East Germany after placing third in Group 2 at the UEFA tournament (Poland had placed second but also boycotted). The German Federal Republic (FRG) (West) replaced the Soviet Union. They had been second in Group 4 at the UEFA tournament. Hungary and Bulgaria were eligible before West Germany, but they were also boycotting.

France won the gold medal by defeating Brazil, 2-0, in the final, with Yugoslavia defeating Italy, 2-1, for the bronze medal.

Summary

Los Angeles saw a change in the admission rules for football players at the Olympics. FIFA had proposed to open the tournament only for players aged 23 and under, regardless of whether they were professionals or not. This did not sit well with several Eastern European countries, who had dominated the previous tournaments with their state sponsored amateurs. They correctly claimed that the FIFA proposal would violate two principles of the IOC, regarding professionalism and age restrictions. The IOC initially voted against the proposal, but a compromise was eventually reached that excluded only so-called "full professionals," defined as those who had played at least one full match in the FIFA World Cup, but only for nations from Europe and South America.

Following the Soviet-led boycott, all three medallists from the 1980 Games withdrew. Of the three 1984 medallists, only Yugoslavia had won an Olympic football medal before, although France and Brazil could hardly be called newcomers to the sport - the French national squad had won Euro '84 earlier that year. Brazil's appearance in the final marked the first South American team in the closing rounds of the tournament since Uruguay and Argentina in 1928. Playing with future World Cup winner [Dunga], Brazil was unable to topple the French team. They were coached by Henri Michel, who would go on to coach France at the 1986 World Cup. He also coached three African teams at World Cups: Cameroon, Morocco and Cote d'Ivoire. A novelty at the 1984 Olympics was the use of penalty kicks to decide drawn matches in the knock-out phase. It was first used in the quarter-final between Brazil and Canada.

 

The association football tournament at the 1984 Summer Olympics started on July 29 and ended on August 11.[1] It was the first Olympic football competition in which professionals were allowed. Until then, the amateur-only rule had heavily favored socialist countries from Eastern Europe whose players were professionals in all but name. However, as agreed with FIFA to preserve the primacy of the World Cup, the Olympic competition was restricted to players with no more than five "A" caps at tournament start, regardless of age.

The football tournament was held in four venues:

  • Harvard Stadium (Boston)
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Maryland)
  • Stanford Stadium (Stanford, California)
  • Rose Bowl, (Pasadena, California)

The Gold Medal game between France and Brazil at the Rose Bowl attracted an Olympic Games football attendance record of 101,799. Until 2014 this remained the record attendance for a football game in the United States. This broke the previous Olympics record attendance of 100,000 set at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia for the game of the 1956 Olympic Games played between the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. The Rose Bowl attendance would remain the Olympic record until 104,098 attended the game of the 2000 Summer Olympics between Cameroon and Spain at the Stadium Australia in Sydney.

The attendance also stood as the highest for a football game in the United States until 109,318 saw Manchester United defeat Real Madrid during the 2014 International Champions Cup at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

  

Schedule

G Group stage ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals B 3rd place play-off F Final
Event↓/Date →Sun 29Mon 30Tue 31Wed 1Thu 2Fri 3Sat 4Sun 5Mon 6Tue 7Wed 8Thu 9Fri 10Sat 11
Men's tournament G G G G G G   ¼ ¼   ½   B F
 

Qualifying

Sixteen teams qualified for the Olympic tournament after continental qualifying rounds. Three Warsaw Pact countries had qualified but withdrew as part of the Soviet-led boycott. They were replaced as follows:

  • East Germany were replaced by Norway.
  • USSR were replaced by West Germany.
  • Czechoslovakia were replaced by Italy.
  • Africa (CAF)
    •  Cameroon
    •  Egypt
    •  Morocco
  • Asia (AFC)
    •  Iraq
    •  Saudi Arabia
    •  Qatar
  • North and Central America (CONCACAF)
    •  Canada
    •  Costa Rica

 

  • South America (CONMEBOL)
    •  Brazil
    •  Chile
  • Europe (UEFA)
    •  France
    •  Italy (replaces  Czechoslovakia)
    •  Norway (replaces  East Germany)
    •  West Germany (replaces  Soviet Union)
    •  Yugoslavia
  • Hosting nation
    •  United States
 

Venues

PasadenaBostonAnnapolisStanford
Rose Bowl Harvard Stadium Navy–Marine Corps Stadium Stanford Stadium
Capacity: 103,300 Capacity: 30,323 Capacity: 34,000 Capacity: 84,500
Inter vs Chelsea at the Rose Bowl.jpg Harvard Stadium aerial axonometric.JPG 2005 Stanford-Navy Game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.jpg StanfordStadium2004.jpg
 

Match officials

Africa
  • Egypt Mohamed Hossameldin
  • Ethiopia Gebreyesus Tesfaye
  • Malawi Bester Kalombo
Asia
  • Kuwait Abdul Aziz Al-Salmi
  • South Korea Kyung-Bok Cha
  • Japan Toshikazu Sano
North and Central America
  • Canada Tony Evangelista
  • Mexico Antonio Márquez Ramírez
  • Costa Rica Luis Paulino Siles Calderón
  • United States David Socha
  • United States Edward Bellion

 

South America
  • Brazil Romualdo Arppi Filho
  • Chile Gastón Castro
  • Colombia Jesús Díaz
  • Argentina Jorge Eduardo Romero
Europe
  • Italy Enzo Barbaresco
  • Romania Ioan Igna
  • Netherlands Jan Keizer
  • Scotland Brian McGinlay
  • France Joël Quiniou
  • West Germany Volker Roth
  • Spain Victoriano Sánchez Arminio
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Edvard Šoštarič
 

Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
 
                   
 
August 5 – Pasadena, CA          
 
 
 France 2
 
August 8 – Pasadena, CA
 
 Egypt 0  
 
 France (aet) 4
 
August 6 – Pasadena, CA
 
   Yugoslavia 2  
 
 Yugoslavia 5
 
  August 11 – Pasadena, CA
 
 West Germany 2  
 
 France 2
 
August 5 – Stanford, CA
 
   Brazil 0
 
 Italy (aet) 1
 
August 8 – Stanford, CA  
 
 Chile 0  
 
 Italy 1
 
August 6 – Stanford, CA
 
   Brazil (aet) 2   Bronze medal match
 
 Brazil (pen) 1 (4)
 
  August 10 – Pasadena, CA
 
 Canada 1 (2)  
 
 Yugoslavia 2
 
 
 
 Italy 1
 
 

Quarter-finals

August 5, 1984
15:00
Italy 1–0 (a.e.t.) Chile
Vignola Goal 95'    
Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Attendance: 67,349
Referee: McGinlay (GBR)

August 5, 1984
19:00
France 2–0 Egypt
Xuereb Goal 29'52'    
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 66,228
Referee: Cha (KOR)

August 6, 1984
17:00
Brazil 1–1 (a.e.t.) Canada
Gilmar Popoca Goal 72'   Mitchell Goal 58'
Penalties
Gilmar Penalty scored
Kita Penalty scored
Ademir Penalty scored
André Luiz Penalty scored
4–2 Penalty scored Wilson
Penalty missed Mitchell
Penalty missed Bridge
Penalty scored Gray
Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Attendance: 36,150
Referee: Siles (CRC)

August 6, 1984
19:00
Yugoslavia 5–2 West Germany
Cvetković Goal 21'58'70'
Radanović Goal 27'
Gračan Goal 46' (pen.)
  Bommer Goal 1'
Bockenfeld Goal 28'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 58,439
Referee: Romero (ARG)

Semi-finals

August 8, 1984
18:15
France 4–2 (a.e.t.) Yugoslavia
Bijotat Goal 7'
Jeannol Goal 15'
Lacombe Goal 96'
Xuereb Goal 119'
  Cvetković Goal 63'
Deverić Goal 74'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 97,451
Referee: Ramírez (MEX)

August 8, 1984
20:30
Italy 1–2 (a.e.t.) Brazil
Fanna Goal 62'   Gilmar Popoca Goal 53'
Ronaldo Goal 95'
Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Attendance: 83,642
Referee: Socha (USA)

Bronze Medal match

August 10, 1984
19:00
Yugoslavia 2–1 Italy
Baljić Goal 59'
Deverić Goal 81'
  Vignola Goal 27' (pen.)
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 100,374
Referee: McGinlay (GBR)

Gold Medal match

August 11, 1984
19:00
France 2–0 Brazil
Brisson Goal 55'
Xuereb Goal 60'
   
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 101,799
Referee: Keizer (NED)
 

Group stage

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1  France 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 4 Qualified for quarter-finals
2  Chile 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
3  Norway 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3  
4  Qatar 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
July 29, 1984
19:30
Norway 0–0 Chile
     
Harvard Stadium, Boston
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Socha (USA)

July 29, 1984
19:30
France 2–2 Qatar
Garande Goal 43'
Xuereb Goal 61'
  Al-Muhannadi Goal 55'60'
Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Attendance: 29,240
Referee: Filho (BRA)

July 31, 1984
19:00
Norway 1–2 France
Ahlsen Goal 33'   Brisson Goal 5'56'
Harvard Stadium, Boston
Attendance: 27,832
Referee: Roth (FRG)

July 31, 1984
19:00
Chile 1–0 Qatar
Baeza Goal 52'    
Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Attendance: 14,508
Referee: Siles (CRC)

August 2, 1984
19:00
Qatar 0–2 Norway
    Vaadal Goal 21'52'
Harvard Stadium, Boston
Attendance: 17,529
Referee: Kalombo (MWI)

August 2, 1984
19:00
Chile 1–1 France
Santis Goal 9'   Lemoult Goal 50'
Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Attendance: 28,114
Referee: Keizer (NED)
 

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1  Yugoslavia 3 3 0 0 7 3 +4 6 Qualified for quarter-finals
2  Canada 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
3  Cameroon 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 2  
4  Iraq 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
July 30, 1984
19:30
Canada 1–1 Iraq
Gray Goal 70'   Saeed Goal 83'
Harvard Stadium, Boston
Attendance: 16,730
Referee: Díaz (COL)

July 30, 1984
19:00
Yugoslavia 2–1 Cameroon
Nikolić Goal 39'
Cvetković Goal 70'
  Milla Goal 32'
Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Attendance: 15,010
Referee: Keizer (NED)

August 1, 1984
19:00
Cameroon 1–0 Iraq
Bahoken Goal 7'    
Harvard Stadium, Boston
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Socha (USA)

August 1, 1984
19:00
Yugoslavia 1–0 Canada
Nikolić Goal 76'    
Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Hossameldin (EGY)

August 3, 1984
19:00
Cameroon 1–3 Canada
Mfédé Goal 76'   Mitchell Goal 43'82'
Vrablic Goal 72'
Harvard Stadium, Boston
Attendance: 27,621
Referee: Barbaresco (ITA)

August 3, 1984
19:00
Iraq 2–4 Yugoslavia
Saeed Goal 17'
Shihab Goal 43'
  Deverić Goal 55'76'87'
Nikolić Goal 86'
Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Attendance: 24,430
Referee: Sano (JPN)
 

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 6 Qualified for quarter-finals
2  West Germany 3 2 0 1 8 1 +7 4
3  Morocco 3 1 0 2 1 4 −3 2  
4  Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 0
July 30, 1984
19:30
West Germany 2–0 Morocco
Rahn Goal 43'
Brehme Goal 52'
   
Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Attendance: 23.228
Referee: Evangelista (CAN)

July 30, 1984
19:00
Brazil 3–1 Saudi Arabia
Gilmar Popoca Goal 12'
Silvinho Goal 50'
Dunga Goal 59'
  Abdullah Goal 69'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 40,799
Referee: McGinlay (GBR)

August 1, 1984
19:00
Brazil 1–0 West Germany
Gilmar Popoca Goal 86'    
Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Attendance: 75,239
Referee: Cha (KOR)

August 1, 1984
19:00
Morocco 1–0 Saudi Arabia
Merry Goal 72'    
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 36,909
Referee: Šoštarič (YUG)

August 3, 1984
19:00
Saudi Arabia 0–6 West Germany
    Schreier Goal 8'66'
Bommer Goal 22'72'
Rahn Goal 24'
Mill Goal 32'
Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Attendance: 26,242
Referee: Igna (ROU)

August 3, 1984
19:00
Morocco 0–2 Brazil
    Dunga Goal 64'
Kita Goal 70'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 49,355
Referee: Sánchez (ESP)
 

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1  Italy 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1 4 Qualified for quarter-finals
2  Egypt 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 3
3  United States 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 3  
4  Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 2
July 29, 1984
19:30
United States 3–0 Costa Rica
Davis Goal 23'86'
Willrich Goal 35'
   
Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Attendance: 78,000
Referee: Quiniou (FRA)

July 29, 1984
19:30
Italy 1–0 Egypt
Serena Goal 63'    
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 37,430
Referee: Castro (CHI)

July 31, 1984
19:00
Egypt 4–1 Costa Rica
Khatib Goal 32'
Abdelghani Goal 35'
Soliman Goal 62'
Gadallah Goal 71'
  Coronado Goal 87'
Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Attendance: 20,645
Referee: Ramírez (MEX)

July 31, 1984
19:00
Italy 1–0 United States
Fanna Goal 58'    
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 63.624
Referee: Al-Salmi (KUW)

August 2, 1984
19:00
Egypt 1–1 United States
Soliman Goal 27'   Thompson Goal 8'
Stanford Stadium, Stanford
Attendance: 54,973
Referee: Romero (ARG)

August 2, 1984
19:00
Costa Rica 1–0 Italy
Rivers Goal 33'    
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 41,291
Referee: Tesfaye (ETH)
  

Final team rankings

Note: As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

RankTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1  France (FRA) 6 4 2 0 13 6 +7 10
2  Brazil (BRA) 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 9
3  Yugoslavia (YUG) 6 5 0 1 16 10 +6 10
4  Italy (ITA) 6 3 0 3 5 5 0 6
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  West Germany (FRG) 4 2 0 2 10 6 +4 4
6  Canada (CAN) 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1 4
7  Chile (CHI) 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 4
8  Egypt (EGY) 4 1 1 2 5 5 0 3
Eliminated in the group stage
9  United States (USA) 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 3
10  Norway (NOR) 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
11  Cameroon (CMR) 3 1 0 2 3 5 –2 2
12  Morocco (MAR) 3 1 0 2 1 4 –3 2
13  Costa Rica (CRC) 3 1 0 2 2 7 –5 2
14  Iraq (IRQ) 3 0 1 2 3 6 –3 1
15  Qatar (QAT) 3 0 1 2 2 5 –3 1
16  Saudi Arabia (KSA) 3 0 0 3 1 10 –9 0

Statistics

Goalscorers

With five goals, Daniel Xuereb of France, Borislav Cvetković and Stjepan Deverić of Yugoslavia are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 84 goals were scored by 52 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

5 goals
  • France Daniel Xuereb
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Borislav Cvetković
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Stjepan Deverić
4 goals
  • Brazil Gilmar Popoca
3 goals
  • Canada Dale Mitchell
  • France François Brisson

 

  • West Germany Rudolf Bommer
  • West Germany Uwe Rahn

 

  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jovica Nikolić

 

2 goals
  • Brazil Dunga
  • Egypt Emad Soliman
  • Italy Beniamo Vignola

 

  • Iraq Hussein Saeed
  • Norway Joar Vaadal
  • Qatar Khalid Al-Muhannadi

 

  • United States Rick Davis
  • West Germany Christian Schreier

 

1 goal
  • Brazil Kita
  • Brazil Ronaldo Silva
  • Brazil Silvio Paiva
  • Cameroon Paul Bahoken
  • Cameroon Louis-Paul Mfédé
  • Cameroon Roger Milla
  • Canada Gerry Gray
  • Canada Igor Vrablic
  • Chile Jaime Baeza
  • Chile Fernando Santis
  • Costa Rica Evaristo Coronado
  • Costa Rica Enrique Rivers

 

  • Egypt Magdi Abdelghani
  • Egypt Mahmoud El Khatib
  • Egypt Khaled Gadallah
  • France Dominique Bijotat
  • France Patrice Garande
  • France Philippe Jeannol
  • France Guy Lacombe
  • France Jean-Claude Lemoult
  • Iraq Ali Hussein Shihab
  • Italy Franco Baresi
  • Italy Pietro Fanna
  • Italy Aldo Serena

 

  • Morocco Mustapha Merry
  • Norway Per Egil Ahlsen
  • Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah
  • United States Gregg Thompson
  • United States Jean Willrich
  • West Germany Manfred Bockenfeld
  • West Germany Andreas Brehme
  • West Germany Frank Mill
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mirsad Baljić
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nenad Gračan
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubomir Radanović

Discipline

In the final tournament, a player was suspended for the subsequent match in the competition for getting a red card. The following twelve players were sent off and suspended during the final tournament:

PlayerOffencesDateSuspensions
Italy Sebastiano Nela Red card in group D v Egypt 29 July Group D v United States
Egypt Mohamed Sedky Yellow card Yellow-red card in group D v Italy 29 July Group D v Costa Rica
Egypt Morsy El Alaa Yellow card Yellow-red card in group D v Italy 29 July Group D v Costa Rica
Egypt Moustafa Ahmed Ismail Yellow card Yellow-red card in group D v Italy 29 July Group D v Costa Rica
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Marko Elsner Yellow card Yellow-red card in group B v Cameroon 30 July Group B v Canada
Morocco Mustapha El Biyaz Yellow card Yellow-red card in group C v West Germany 30 July Group C v Saudi Arabia
Qatar Mubarak Al-Kaater Yellow card Yellow-red card in group A v Norway 2 August None (Qatar eliminated)
Qatar Issa Al-Mohammadi Red card in group A v Norway 2 August None (Qatar eliminated)
Cameroon Théophile Abega Yellow card Yellow-red card in group B v Canada 3 August None (Cameroon eliminated)
Saudi Arabia Sameer Abdulshaker Yellow card Yellow-red card in group C v West Germany 3 August None (Saudi Arabia eliminated)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jovica Nikolić Red card in semi-final v France 8 August Bronze medal match v Italy
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Borislav Cvetković Red card in semi-final v France 8 August Bronze medal match v Italy

 

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