Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
August 04 - August 20

Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016

Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men

Final Tournament Standing

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Beautiful game at its best in Brazil

Brazil ended their six-decade wait for Olympic gold in the most dramatic of fashions, with Neymar playing an influential role in the Rio 2016 hosts claiming victory at the iconic Maracana.

The final itself against Germany could not have been scripted better for A Seleção. Their captain Neymar scored a stunning free kick against the nation who had inflicted ‘the 7-1’ at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ two years previously – a game Neymar missed through injury - before Max Meyer equalised to take the game to extra time and ultimately penalties.

After eight perfect spot kicks were converted by the hosts and the perennial shootout champions, goalkeeper Weverton – an eleventh hour, unexpected call-up to Brazil’s Olympic squad after an injury to first choice Fernando Prass – saved from tournament top scorer Nils Petersen. This handed Neymar the chance to score with the hosts’ fifth penalty and claim the only top prize in world football that had eluded the five-time World Cup winners. The No10 made no mistake, evoking a guttural roar from the Maracana and the nation, a mixture of relief and joy, expressions etched on the face of the tournament’s poster boy as he sank to his knees in celebration.

Rogerio Micale’s gold-winning squad saw Neymar, an overage player by less than 11 months, joined by experienced heads Weverton and Renato Augusto, who blended well with the exciting Gabriels, Barbosa and Jesus, as well as breakthrough forward Luan. Surprisingly for some, it was the hosts’ defence which also earned high praise, with that Max Meyer goal the only one conceded in the entire tournament by Weverton and the miserly rearguard of Zeca, Rodrigo Caio, Marquinhos and Douglas Santos.

In keeping with the hosts’ victory, it was a tournament of firsts for a number of other sides. By reaching the final, Germany attained their best ever finish, beating the bronze won in 1988 by Jurgen Klinsmann, Karl-Heinz Reidle and Co, while Nigeria completed their set of medals, adding bronze to Atlanta 1996 gold and Beijing 2008 silver. Surprise package Honduras claimed fourth, their own best Olympic finish, surpassing their historic quarter-final appearance at London 2012.

The matches were played at iconic stadiums around the football-loving country, a mini tour of reminiscence for Brazil 2014, with six venues used at the World Cup just over two years previously playing host to Rio 2016 matches. Over a million spectators flocked to the matches around the country, with the average crowd standing at over 30,000 per game.

The Maracana was one of those venues used at both Brazil 2014 and Rio 2016, and the fabled stadium saw just over 50,000 watch the semi-final between Brazil and Honduras, with over 60,000 attending the spectacular final between the hosts and Die Nationalmannschaft.

​​Surprise exits, attacking excitement While Honduras reaching the final four represented something of a surprise, shocks of an equal footing took place during the group stages, as the victors from the previous three editions, Mexico and Argentina, both finished third in their respective pools and were eliminated earlier than they had anticipated. The fact that past medals were no yardstick with which to measure the class of 2016 was also evident with the exit of London 2012 bronze winners Korea Republic at the hands of the devastating counter-attacking style of Los Catrachos in the quarter-finals.

Speed in attack was a particular theme throughout the tournament, with the rapid Honduran triumvirate of Alberth Elis, Romell Quioto and Antony Lozano matched by fellow semi-finalists Nigeria, who could count on Oghenekaro Etebo, Imoh Ezekiel and Sadiq Umar among their number going forward.

Those two sides’ attacking prowess was bettered by finalists Germany who scored 22 goals en route to the Maracana, while the embarrassment of riches for the hosts, including Neymar, Luan, Gabigol and Gabriel Jesus, meant it was a tournament that was very easy on the eye. This was reflected in the number of goals scored, 104, an average of 3.25 per game, the highest since the tournament adopted its current format in 1980.

One goal in particular combined both the attacking nature of the tournament, and the speed at which it was conducted, to record-breaking effect. Neymar stole the ball from Honduran defender Johnny Palacios and bundled the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper Luis Lopez after just 15 seconds of the hosts’ semi-final against La H, making it the quickest goal in Olympic Football Tournament history.

The hosts’ No10 was the undoubted star of the tournament in eventually leading his side to victory, just as he was on home soil for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and had hoped to be for the 2014 World Cup. Just like those two tournaments, Rio 2016 will be remembered for the telling contribution under overwhelming national pressure of Neymar, the golden boy of Brazil.

Participating nations Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Fiji, Germany, Honduras, Iraq, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden

Final placings

  1. Brazil (Gold)

  2. Germany (Silver)

  3. Nigeria (Bronze)

  4. Honduras

Fair Play Award: Denmark

Stadiums Arena Amazonia (Manaus), Arena Corinthians (Sao Paulo), Arena Fonte Nova (Salvador), Estadio Mineirao (Belo Horizonte), Estadio Nacional (Brasilia), Maracana, Olympic Stadium (both Rio de Janeiro)

Total number of goals 104 (average per game: 3.25)

Leading goalscorers 6: Nils Petersen (GER) 6: Serge Gnabry (GER) 4: Max Meyer (GER)

Total number of spectators: 1,009,162

Average crowd: 31,536

MATCHES

Tournament News

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: Son Heungmin #7 of South Korea celebrates the victory during the Group C match between Mexico v Korea Republic of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mane Garrincha Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Stina Blackstenius #11 and Olivia Schough #12 of Sweden celebrates their 1-1 (4-3 PSO) win over team United States during the Women's Football Quarterfinal match at Mane Garrincha Stadium on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Neymar of Brazil rounds the keeper to score the first Brazil goal during the Men's Semifinal Football match between Brazil and Honduras at Maracana Stadium on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Tamires of Brasil celebrates after scoring a goal during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Neymar (L) of Brazil celebrates with goalkeeper Weverton after scoring the winning penalty in the penalty shoot out during the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Brazil line up for their national anthem before the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Davie Selke of Germany shoots on goal during the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Timo Horn of Germany can't save a free kick from Neymar of Brazil to score the first Brazil goal during the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Sadiq Umar (4th L) of Nigeria celebrates with his team mates after scoring his team's third goal during the Men's Olympic Football Bronze Medal match between Honduras and Nigeria at Mineirao Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Brayan Garcia of Honduras (L) and Imoh Ezekiel of Nigeria compete for the bal during the Men's Olympic Football Bronze Medal match between Honduras and Nigeria at Mineirao Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Allans Vargas of Honduras (R) and John Obi Mikel of Nigeria compete for the bal during the Men's Olympic Football Bronze Medal match between Honduras and Nigeria at Mineirao Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Sadiq Umar (2nd R) of Nigeria celebrates with his team mate Aminu Umar after scoring his team's first goal during the Men's Olympic Football Bronze Medal match between Honduras and Nigeria at Mineirao Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Lukas Klostermann of Germany celebrates with team mates
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Emmanuel Daniel #18 of Nigeria attempts to save a shot at goal during the Men's Semifinal Football match between Nigeria and Germany on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Arena Corinthians on August 17, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Usman Muhammed of Nigeria passes the ball during the Men's Football Semi Final between Nigeria and Germany on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Arena Corinthians on August 17, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Julian Brandt of Germany is pressured by Muenfuh Sincere of Nigeria during the Men's Football Semi Final between Nigeria and Germany on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Arena Corinthians on August 17, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Marquinhos of Brazil celebrates scoring the 4th goal during the Men's Semifinal Football match at Maracana Stadium on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Marquinhos of Brazil celebrates scoring the 4th goal during with team-mates during the Men's Semifinal Football match at Maracana Stadium on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Marquinhos of Brazil celebrates scoring the 4th goal during with team-mates during the Men's Semifinal Football match at Maracana Stadium on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Marquinhos of Brazil celebrates scoring the 4th goal during the Men's Semifinal Football match at Maracana Stadium on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13: Helibenton Palacios (L) of Colombia and Gabriel Jesus of Brazil sin action during the match between Brazil and Colombia mens football quarter final at Arena Corinthians on August 13, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

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Brazil 2-0 Colombia (Rio 2016)


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BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13: Seugwoo Ryu (R) of Republic of Korea and Kevin Alvarez of Honduras compete for the ball during the Men's Quarter Final match between Republic of Korea and Honduras on Day 8 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Korea Republic 0-1 Honduras (Rio 2016)



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SALVADOR, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13: Mikel #10 of Nigeria celebrates is goal during the Men's Football Quarterfinal match at Arena Fonte Nova Stadium on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 13, 2016 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Oliveira/Getty Images)

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Nigeria 2-0 Denmark (Rio 2016)



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BRASILIA, DISTRITO FEDERAL - AUGUST 13:  Julian Brandt #11 of Germany moves the ball against Esgaio Ricardo #2 and Andre Martins #7 of Portugal in the first half during the Men's Football Quarterfinal match on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mane Garrincha Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Bruno Zanardo/Getty Images)

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Portugal 0-4 Germany (Rio 2016)



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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10:  Deolin Mekoa South Africa is pressured by Alaa Ali of Iraq during the Men's First Round Group A match between South Africa and Iraq on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Arena Corinthians on August 10, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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South Africa 1-1 Iraq (Rio 2016)



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SALVADOR, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10:  Barbosa Gabriel of Brazil celebrates after scoring a goal during the Men's Football match between Denmark and Brazil on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Arena Fonte Nova on August 10, 2016 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Denmark 0-4 Brazil (Rio 2016)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Neymar of Brazil celebrates scoring the winning penalty in the penalty shoot out during the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: (Editors Note: Image was created using a fisheye lens) A general view of the Arena during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Francois Xavier Marit - Pool/Getty Images)

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