Boys' Youth Olympic Football Tournament Singapore 2010
August 13 - August 25

Men's Youth Olympic Football Tournament Singapore 2010

Boys' Youth Olympic Football Tournament Singapore 2010

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Ten shining moments in Singapore

After 13 days of football in Singapore, the inaugural Youth Olympic Football Tournament drew to a close, with Chile and Bolivia crowned the first-time winners in the respective girls’ and boys’ competitions. While the event captured the world’s attention, it was the hard work of the players - both on and off the pitch - that made the competition a success. Join FIFA.com as we look back at ten of the tournament’s most memorable moments.

1. Fastest goal Hosts Singapore could not have gotten off to a better start as Ammirul Mazlan, with his first touch of the ball, opened the scoring inside a minute of the first whistle of their opening game. His opener paved the way to a 3-1 win over Zimbabwe and was the tournament’s fastest goal.

2. Top scorer Bolivia striker Rodrigo Mejido ran riot against Haiti, scoring four times and providing three assists as the South Americans produced the tournament’s biggest win, a 9-0 drubbing. Mejido went on to strike twice more to top the scoring chart with six goals. “I am proud to help my side win the gold medal,” he told FIFA.com. “It means we can always realise our dream as long as we work hard and continue to improve.”

3. Haiti comeback Despite that disastrous defeat to the Bolivians, a resilient Haiti earned a great deal of respect by coming from behind to defeat Vanuatu 2-1 before dispatching hosts Singapore 2-0 to reach the final. “Winning the Olympic silver provides us with extra motivation to continue our rebuilding,” said Haiti captain Daniel Gedeon. “We will keep this momentum to grow even more.”

4. Super-sub Arriving in Singapore nursing a slight injury, Luis Banegas proved the tournament's most effective player off the bench. After being sent on when his side were reduced to ten men in the final against Haiti, the live-wire striker twice hit the target to steer Bolivia to a 5-0 win. “My idol is Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Barcelona,” he told FIFA.com. “I want to move to a good European club like Barcelona just like him.”

5. Twin threat Vanuatu had the Coulon twins to thank as they rounded off their campaign with a 2-0 win against Zimbabwe. Raoul pulled the strings at the back while his brother Michel had a hand in their two goals at the other end of the pitch.

6. Kadir’s tears With his boys celebrating after stepping off the podium with their bronze medals, Singapore coach Kadir Yahaya shed tears when he spoke to FIFA.com, “the players overcame big pressure to win the game and at least we did something for our country.”

7. Weeping stars Turkey midfielder Hilal Baskol was found weeping violently after her team conceded a late goal deep in stoppage time in a 3-2 loss to Chile. Also shedding tears was the girls’ tournament’s joint top scorer Judit Ndong, who was left lamenting a penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the final.

8. Set-piece specialists Baskol proved herself the set-piece specialist of the girls’ tournament, with all three of her goals coming from free-kicks. Chile’s Romina Orellana also showcased her skill from dead ball situations in the final against Equatorial Guinea, blasting a free-kick home before converting the match and tournament winning spot-kick.

9. Brave Lightfoot Having suffered a serious cut on his head in the third-place match against Montenegro, Singapore captain Jeffrey Lightfoot, who was also one of the torch-bearers at the Opening Ceremony, received some minor treatment at hospital before heading back to the pitch for the award ceremony. “I must come back here because this is a chance of a life time,” he told FIFA.com. “From here we should continue to develop and become a real power.”

10. Living up to promise The only coach that had openly stated an ambition for gold prior to the tournament, Bolivia’s Douglas Cuenca lived up to his promise by winning the title with four straight wins. “Winning the final means more than just the gold medal for us,” he told FIFA.com. “For the players, the success may open a door to a bright future and our people should be proud of the team’s success in this tournament.”

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NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26:  China players celebrate with their Gold Medals after they defeated Venezuela 5-0 in the Final match during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Gold/Silver Medal match between Venezuela and China at Wutaishan Stadium at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26: Venezuela players celebrate with their Silver Medals after the Final match during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Gold/Silver Medal match between Venezuela and China at Wutaishan Stadium at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26: Mexico players pose with their Bronze Medals after the Final match during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Gold/Silver Medal match between Venezuela and China at Wutaishan Stadium at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26: China, Venezuela and Mexico celebrate with their medals after the Final match during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Gold/Silver Medal match between Venezuela and China at Wutaishan Stadium at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26:  Zhao Yujie of China clashes with Hilary Vergara of Venezuela during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Gold/Silver Medal match between Venezuela and China at Wutaishan Stadium at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26: Wan Wenting of China battles with Nathalie Pasquel of Venezuela during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Gold/Silver Medal match between Venezuela and China at Wutaishan Stadium at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26: Ma Xiaolan of China shoots during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Gold/Silver Medal match between Venezuela and China at Wutaishan Stadium at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26:  Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela battles with Zhang Jiayun of China during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Gold/Silver Medal match between Venezuela and China at Wutaishan Stadium at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26:  Dayana Cazares of Mexico competes with Andrea Herbrikova of Slovakia during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament 3rd Place Playoff match between Mexico and Slovakia at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26: Alexia Delgado of Mexico battles with Lenka Kopcova of Slovakia during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament 3rd Place Playoff match between Mexico and Slovakia at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26:  Dayana Cazares of Mexico competes with Andrea Herbrikova of Slovakia during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament 3rd Place Playoff match between Mexico and Slovakia at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26:  Marianna Maldonado of Mexico battles with Maria Mikolajova of Slovakia during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament 3rd Place Playoff match between Mexico and Slovakia at Wutaishan Stadium on August 26, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 25:  Ignacia Haoses of Namibia challenges Margret Joseph of Papua New Guinea during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament 5th/6th Place Playoff match between Papua New Guinea and Namibia at Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium on August 25, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 25: Marity Sep (R) of Papua New Guinea battles with Asteria Angula of Namibia during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament 5th/6th Place Playoff match between Papua New Guinea and Namibia at Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium on August 25, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 25:  Ivone Kooper of Namibia controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament 5th/6th Place Playoff match between Papua New Guinea and Namibia at Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium on August 25, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 25: Francisca Mani of Papua New Guinea in action during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament 5th/6th Place Playoff match between Papua New Guinea and Namibia at Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium on August 25, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23:  Veronica Mikolajova of Slovakia clashes with Xie Qiwen of China during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Semi Final match between China  and Slovkia at Wutaishan Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: Zhang Jiayun of China battles with Tamara of Slovakia during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Semi Final match between China  and Slovkia at Wutaishan Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: Denisa Mrazikova of Slovakia shields the ball for Denisa Mochnacka during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Semi Final match between China and Slovakia at Wutaishan Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: Fang Jie of China clashes with Martina Surnovska of Slovakia during the 2014 FIFA Girls Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Semi Final match between China and Slovakia at Wutaishan Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Nanjing, China.  (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)