Girls' Youth Olympic Football Tournament Singapore 2010
12 August - 24 August

Girls' Youth Olympic Football Tournament Singapore 2010

Girls' Youth Olympic Football Tournament Singapore 2010

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Ten shining moments in Singapore

After 13 days of football, the inaugural Youth Olympic Football Tournaments has drawn 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 opening 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 up 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 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, too, showcased her genius 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, the Singapore captain and one of the torch-bearers at the Opening Ceremony, received some simple 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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SINGAPORE - AUGUST 24:  Hilal Baskol of Turkey scores a free kick during the bronze medal match between Iran and Turkey in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 24, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore.  (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Equatorial Guinea (Silver), Chile (Gold) and Turkey (Bronze) teams stand on the podiums after the gold medal match between Chile and Equatorial Guinea in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 24, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 24: Fatemeh Shirafkannejad of Iran looks on during the bronze medal match between Iran and Turkey in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 24, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 24:  Dilan Akarsu of Turkey celebrates scoring a goal during the bronze medal match between Iran and Turkey in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 24, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore.  (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 24: Chile players celebrate winning the gold medal match between Chile and Equatorial Guinea in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 24, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 24: Romina Orellana of Chile bites her gold medal after the gold medal match between Chile and Equatorial Guinea in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 24, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 24: Chile players celebrate winning the gold medal match between Chile and Equatorial Guinea in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 24, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 24: Romina Orellana of Chile scores the winning penalty in the shoot out during the gold medal match between Chile and Equatorial Guinea in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 24, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 23: Grace Stevens of Papua New Guinea scores a penalty as goalkeeper of Trinidad & Tobago, Lebrisca Phillip fails to save during the 5th/6th place match between Papua New Guinea and Trinidad & Tobago in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 23, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 23: Trinidad & Tobago team celebrate as Georgina Kaikas of Papua New Guinea has her penalty saved during the 5th/6th place match between Papua New Guinea and Trinidad & Tobago in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 23, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 23: Abigail Jacob of Trinidad & Tobago scores a penalty in the shoot out during the 5th/6th place match between Papua New Guinea and Trinidad & Tobago in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 23, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 23: A dejected Papua New Guinea team after losing to Trinidad & Tobago in a penalty shoot out during the 5th/6th place match between Papua New Guinea and Trinidad & Tobago in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 23, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
  Melisa Rodriguez of Chile celebrates after scoring a goal by a header during the semi final match between Chile and Turkey in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore.
 Melisa Rodriguez of Chile celebrates scoring a header during the semi final match between Chile and Turkey in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. 
 Turkey players show their dejection at full time after their defeat by Chile in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament semi final match at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. 
  Felicidad Avomo of Equatorial Guinea celebrates scoring during the semi final match between Equatorial Guinea and Iran in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore.
  Melisa Rodriguez of Chile celebrates after scoring a goal by a header during the semi final match between Chile and Turkey in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore.
 Melisa Rodriguez of Chile celebrates scoring a header during the semi final match between Chile and Turkey in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. 
 Turkey players show their dejection at full time after their defeat by Chile in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament semi final match at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore. 
  Felicidad Avomo of Equatorial Guinea celebrates scoring during the semi final match between Equatorial Guinea and Iran in the Girls Youth Olympic Football Tournament at the Jalan Besar Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Singapore, Singapore.