Sport-Olympic.com

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

2016 Summer Olympics - The Results (Football - Qualification)

Football - Qualification for 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games

 
   

 2016footballFootball (final list)

Women
Brazil, Colombia, Germany, France, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Australia, China, Sweden

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

 

30/03/2016

Colombia defeat USA to grab final place in men’s football tournament at Rio 2016 Games

Olympic line-up now complete after dramatic play-off settles 16th spot in men’s competition; 12 teams that will contest women’s tournament already confirmed

 
Colombia’s two-gold hero Roger Martinez battles for possession with the USA’s Desevio Payne  (Photo: Getty Images/Sarah Crabill)
Colombia’s two-gold hero Roger Martinez battles for possession with the USA’s Desevio Payne (Photo: Getty Images/Sarah Crabill)

Colombia won the final place in the men’s football tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Olympic Games in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night (29 April), defeating the USA 2-1 (3-2 on aggregate) in Frisco, Texas.

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Barranquilla on Friday (25 March), Roger Martinez scored twice for the Colombians as the USA   who had two players sent off  missed out qualification for consecutive Olympic Games for the first time in 48 years.

Colombia, who will play in the Olympic football tournament for the first time in 24 years, join Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Fiji, Mexico, Honduras, Nigeria, Algeria, South Africa, Japan, Republic of Korea and Iraq in the 16-team competition that will be played across Brazil in August.

“We showed on the pitch the quality of our players, who didn’t stop believing despite the unfavourable first leg. We knew what we could accomplish”

Colombia coach Carlos Restrepo

Martinez gave Colombia the lead in the 30th minute, redirecting Andres Roa’s off-target shot past goalkeeper Ethan Horvath. An own goal by Deiver Machado tied the scores just before the hour-mark, with the defender heading the ball over his own goalkeeper.

Martinez re-established Colombia’s lead five minutes later, eluding Tim Parker in the six-yard box and beating Horvath. With two away goals for Colombia, the Americans would have needed to score two more.

“You dream about it since you were a little kid, so it’s a tough one to swallow”

USA forward Jordan Morris

USA substitute Luis Gil was booked for a 77th-minute foul and then shown a red card for dissent, and Matt Miazga was dismissed for a 90th-minute foul on Christian Borga just outside the penalty area that denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

Imagem Rio 2016

Outnumbered by not cowed: a Colombia fan celebrates in Frisco (Photo: Getty Images/Sarah Crabill)


Colombia were deserved winners over the two legs, registering 11 shots on target compared to the USA’s one, completing twice as many passes and enjoying double the possession. While men’s Olympic football is played by under-23 players (although each squad may feature up to three over-age players), the USA’s senior team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had made qualifying for Rio 2016 a priority, and named his top assistant, Andreas Herzog, as the under-23 coach.

After the defeat. Herzog said  “I’m real emotional, and I don’t want to say anything without coming down a bit. I’m really disappointed.” He did, however, lament the nature of the second goal, saying: “We give up such a simple, stupid goal.”

“When a team played real physical against us, we didn’t have any power, any assertiveness up front. That’s disappointing”

USA coach Andreas Herzog

Imagem Rio 2016

The dejection among the USA players was clear to see at the final whistle (Photo: Getty Images/Sarah Crabill)


The women’s line-up was completed earlier this month, when Sweden became the 12th team to qualify. The draw for the two tournaments will be staged at the Maracanã Stadium on 14 April.

 
 

10/03/2016

Full house... Sweden win final place in women’s football tournament at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Swedes victorious in four-way European play-off two days after Australia and China triumph in Asian qualifying tournament

 
Sweden’s players celebrate a goal at the London 2012 Games, and can now focus on Rio 2016  (Photo: Getty Images/Francis Bompard)
Sweden’s players celebrate a goal at the London 2012 Games, and can now focus on Rio 2016 (Photo: Getty Images/Francis Bompard)

Sweden have emerged victorious from a four-way European play-off for the final place in the women’s football tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, triumphing over the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. Following on from Australia and China’s success at the Asian qualifying event earlier this week, it means the 12-team Olympic tournament has its line-up confirmed.

The other nine nations who will compete for medals in August are: Brazil, Colombia, Germany, France, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, USA and Canada.

Maracanã to host draw for Olympic football tournaments in April

Sweden needed just one point from their final match, against hosts the Netherlands on Wednesday (9 March). The Dutch took the lead but Olivia Schough’s equaliser and some stout Swedish defending saw Pia Sundhage’s team maintain their 100 per cent Olympic qualification record. Present in every tournament since women’s football entered the Olympic programme at Atlanta 1996, the Swedes’ best performance was a fourth-placed finish at Athens 2004.

Become an expert on Olympic football with our interactive infographic

Australia and China confirmed their places at Rio 2016 with one match-day remaining in the six-team Asian Olympic qualifying tournament in Japan. China’s 1-0 win over the Korean Republic on Monday (7 March) meant that Australia needed one point against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a match the Matildas won 2-1 (see celebrations below, warning: it’s loud).


“I said before we left home that whoever qualifies through Asia is a medal chance (for the Olympic Games)”

Australia coach Alen Stajcic

The big surprise was that Japan – the London 2012 silver medallists, 2015 World Cup runners-up and 2011 World Cup champions – failed to qualify on home soil, losing to both Australia and China. Along with the two Koreas and Vietnam, the Japanese will now have to focus on the Tokyo 2020 Games.

‘Everything is on hold until after Rio,’ says world footballer of the year Carli Lloyd

It was the first time Australia had qualified for the Olympic Games since joining the Asian continental set-up, and they finished top of the table after a 1-1 draw in their final match, against China in Osaka on Wednesday (9 March).

China’s young team also appears to be on an upward trajectory following the arrival of former France coach Bruno Bini. They are a low-scoring but difficult-to-beat side, something Bini acknoweldged.

“Playing tactically works very well for us, and technique is also a part of my philosophy. We have fantastic players who work together very well”

China coach Bruno Bini

Imagem Rio 2016

China and Australia will represent Asia at the Rio 2016 Games (Photo: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
 
 

22/02/2016

New faces, same old story... USA women’s football team cruises to Rio 2016 qualification

Americans will go for fourth-consecutive Olympic gold medal in Brazil after booking their place along with Canada

 
Lindsey Horan (no.9) celebrates with Kelly O'Hara after the latter’s goal  (Photo: Getty Images/Scott Halleran)
Lindsey Horan (no.9) celebrates with Kelly O'Hara after the latter’s goal (Photo: Getty Images/Scott Halleran)

The USA women’s football team may be in transition, but it has clearly lost non of its potency. The Americans, who have won the last three Olympic titles, beat Canada 2-0 in Sunday night’s final of the North and Central America and Caribbean qualifying tournament for the Rio 2016 Games.

Both sides had already confirmed their places in the Olympic tournament this August by winning their respective semi-finals, but the manner of the USA’s triumph will surely alarm their rivals. They did not concede a single goal as they cruised through the five qualifying matches on home soil, finishing up with eight players in the team of the tournament, including best player (Morgan Brian), top scorer (Crystal Dunn) and best goalkeeper (Hope Solo).

USA captain Carli Lloyd: ‘teams are going to be coming after us at Rio 2016’

All this despite the team being without a host of the key players who led them to World Cup glory last year. Veterans Abby Wambach (the all-time women’s top scorer) and Lauren Holiday have retired, Amy Rodriguez and Sydney Leroux are taking time off because they are pregnant, while captain Christie Rampone and fellow world and Olympic champion Megan Rapinoe are both recovering from knee surgery.

Become an Olympic football expert with our interactive infographic

Imagem Rio 2016

The USA’s Julie Johnston holds off Canada’s Nichelle Prince in the final (Photo: Getty Images/Scott Halleran)


Among the new faces making an impact is 17-year-old Mallory Pugh, who will start university in autumn and is the youngest US player to start in a qualifier. Then there is the midfield pairing of 22-year-old Brian, who became a regular at the World Cup, and 21-year-old Lindsey Horan, who has stepped confidently into Holiday’s boots and scored the opening goal in Sunday night’s match in Houston, before Tobin Heath finised off the Canadians.

“We’ve got to continue to grow and evolve. We’ve got new leadership, new players. Those have to continue to come together”

USA coach Jill Ellis

The USA has won four of the five Olympic tournaments that have been staged, taking silver at Sydney 2000, but Ellis said the drive for improvement was continuous, and that she will scout the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), which begins April, for new recruits. “There’s a new crop of players going into the NWSL,” she told the US Olympic Commitee website. “You’re constantly looking for players who you think can add one more special thing to this group.”

The game was a re-match of a contentious semi-final at the London 2012 Olympic Games, which the USA won 4-3. Canada coach John Herdman was clearly impressed by another defeat, throwing his runners-up medal into the crowd. The Briton said he hoped his action would inspire someone, saying: “I don’t play this game for medals.”

‘Everything is on hold until after Rio,’ says Carli Lloyd

Imagem Rio 2016

World player of the year Carli Lloyd was one of eight USA players in the team of the tournament (Photo: Getty Images/Scott Halleran)

The USA and Canada became the eighth and ninth teams to qualify for the 12-team Olympic tournament. They join: Brazil, Colombia, Germany, France, South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand
 
 

29/01/2016

Iraq win penultimate place in Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s football tournament

‘Lions of Mesopotamia’ fight back to beat Qatar and join Japan and Republic of Korea as Asian qualifiers; New Zealand women confirmed earlier this week

 
Iraq’s players celebrate beating the hosts in Doha and earning a place in Rio  (Photo: FIFA)
Iraq’s players celebrate beating the hosts in Doha and earning a place in Rio (Photo: FIFA)

One place remains to be confirmed in the men’s football tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after Iraq beat Qatar to become the third and final Asian team to qualify, FIFA have confirmed.

The Iraqis came back from 1-0 down against the hosts in the third-place play-off of the Asian Under-23 Championships in Doha. They join finalists Japan and the Republic of Korea, who meet on Saturday, as Asia’s representatives in Rio.

Become an Olympic football expert with our interactive infographic

Iraq trailed after Ahmed Alaa’s first-half goal but Mohanad Abdulraheem equalised with four minutes left and Aymen Hussein headed the winner in the second half of extra-time.

The victory sparked wild celebrations among the ‘Lions of Mesopotamia’, who have qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time since 2004.

Imagem Rio 2016

Riki Harakawa celebrates scoring Japan'swinning goal against Iraq (Photo: Getty Images/ Warren Little)


Japan and the Republic of Korea had qualified earlier in the week by beating Iraq and Qatar in their respective semi-finals. It is an eighth-consecutive Olympic qualification for the Republic of Korea, an Asian record.

“The first goal of the tournament was to get a ticket to Brazil and our team has accomplished the first goal”

Shin Tae-Yong, Republic of Korea coach

The 16th and final place in the Rio 2016 men’s Olympic football tournament will be decided when Colombia and USA play off over two legs on 25 and 29 March.

This week also saw New Zealand confirmed as the seventh team to qualify for the women’s Olympic football tournament. FIFA confirmed the Kiwis’ place after Papua New Guinea pulled out of the second leg of the pair’s qualifying tie, having lost the first leg 7-1 at home.

 

New Zealand reach Rio after PNG withdrawal

(FIFA.com)
New Zealand celebrate a goal v Papua New Guinea
 

New Zealand have booked their ticket to the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 after opponents Papua New Guinea pulled out of the second leg of the pair's qualifying tie.

The Football Ferns went into the match with a 7-1 lead from the first game of the OFC qualifying play-off match on Saturday 23 January. The withdrawal is being analysed by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, which will decide on whether further steps or investigation is required.

New Zealand are the seventh team to reach Rio 2016, joining hosts Brazil and Colombia from South America, France and Germany from Europe so far, with Africa being represented by South Africa and Zimbabwe. It is the third successive time the Football Ferns have made it to the Olympics.

“While we’re obviously delighted the Football Ferns will be making the trip to Rio, we’re disappointed (Tuesday's) game will not be going ahead and we won’t get the chance to secure our place on the field in front of our fans,” New Zealand Football CEO Andy Martin said.

 

South Africa grab Africa's final Rio ticket

(FIFA.com)
Fans during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Angola
© Getty Images

South Africa secured Africa's final place at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, with victory after penalties against Senegal in the third-place play-off of the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.

Nothing could separate the sides in Dakar after regulation time as the match ended goalless. Senegal had the opportunity to take the crucial lead in the 72nd minute, but defender Moussa Wague had his penalty saved by South Africa goalkeeper Jody February, whose heroics continued into the shoot-out.

South Africa's Gift Motupa scored his side's first penalty, while Senegal's Sylvain Badji missed his, setting the tone for the eventual outcome, with South Africa winning 3-1 on penalties in the end.

South Africa return to the Olympic stage after a 16-year wait, following their sole appearance at Sydney 2000, which saw them exit at the group stage despite a victory against 2016 hosts Brazil.

South Africa join Nigeria and Algeria in Rio de Janeiro. Nigeria narrowly defeated Algeria 2-1 in the final of the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.

 

Nigeria, Algeria to represent Africa at Rio 2016

(FIFA.com)
Fans of Nigeria cheer
© Getty Images

Nigeria became the first African side to book their ticket to the 2016 Men's Olympic Football Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, after their CAF Africa U-23 Cup of Nations semi-final win against ten-man Senegal, while Algeria joined them shortly afterwards with a 2-0 victory over South Africa in the other semi-final.

The 1996 Gold Medal winners emerged victorious thanks to a 1-0 result, with Nigeria captain Otebo Oghenekaro scoring in the 76th minute from the penalty spot after a deliberate handball in the box meant the hosts were forced to play the final quarter of an hour with ten men. A missed penalty just before the break by Senegal's Ibrahima Keita kept the tie goalless going into the second half and it remained a tense affair all the way to the final whistle with Oghenekaro's finish from 12 yards the only separation between the two sides.

Algeria will join Nigeria in Rio as the second of three African teams to play in the Men's Olympic Football Tournament next summer after Les Verts took down South Africa 2-0 in the second semi-final of the day. Oussama Darfalou scored for the north Africans eight minutes in and Mohammed Benkhemassa secured the victory with his finish five minutes after the break. Rio 2016 will be Algeria's first appearance at the Olympics since their quarter-final exit over 35 years ago at Moscow 1980.

Senegal will face South Africa in a third place play-off on Saturday to determine Africa's final representative at Rio 2016.

 

22/10/2015

South Africa and Zimbabwe qualify for Rio 2016 women’s football tournament

‘Mighty Warriors’ make history for Zimbabwe after tense two-legged qualifier against Cameroon

 
Zimbabwe’s star striker Rudo Neshemba (right) in action against South Africa  (Photo: Getty Images)
Zimbabwe’s star striker Rudo Neshemba (right) in action against South Africa (Photo: Getty Images)

South Africa and Zimbabwe will be Africa’s representatives in the women’s football tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, FIFA has confirmed.

Both teams booked their places in Brazil by winning two-legged ties, with Zimbabwe’s ‘Mighty Warriors’ triumphing over Cameroon on away goals, while South Africa’s ‘Banyana Banyana’ beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 on aggregate.

Zimbabwe’s women, who will be the first team from their nation to take part in a global football tournament, lost the first leg in Cameroon 2-1. But a 1-0 win at home in Harare earned the Olympic berth and sparked wild celebrations.

South Africa had been held to a 0-0 draw at home by Equatorial Guinea, but a 1-0 away saw them qualify for their second-consecutive Olympic Games.

The two teams join Brazil, Colombia, Germany and France on the list of sides confirmed for Rio
 

15/10/2015

Olympic champions Mexico qualify for men’s football tournament at Rio 2016 Games

Honduras also book their place in Brazil via continental qualifying tournament, while USA must face Colombia in play-off

 
Golden boys: Mexico celebrate qualifying for the Rio 2016 Games  (Photo: Getty Images/Gene Sweeney Jr)
 
 
Golden boys: Mexico celebrate qualifying for the Rio 2016 Games (Photo: Getty Images/Gene Sweeney Jr)

Brazilian football fans may not be too happy about it, but reigning Olympic champions Mexico have booked their place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Mexicans will defend the crown they won against Brazil in the London 2012 final after they triumphed in the Olympic Qualifying tournament for North and Central America and the Caribbean, FIFA has confirmed.

El Tricolor defeated Honduras 2-0 in the final in Salt Lake City, USA, on Tuesday (13 October). Honduras, who had beaten the USA 2-0 in the semi-finals thanks to two goals from Alberth Elis, also secured their place in the Rio Olympic Games.

Mexico v Honduras

Mexico's Erick Aguirre tackles Elder Torres of Honduras in the final (Photo Getty Images/Gene Sweeney Jr)

 

Mexico won the final thanks to an own goal by Bryan Acosta in the first half, followed by a spectacular 30-yard strike by Victor Guzman in the second half. Hirving Lozano, a 19-year-old midfielder, stood out for Mexico with his dribbling and shooting and was awarded with the Golden Ball for the tournament.

Mexico ended Brazil’s hopes of winning the one major title they lack at the London Games, when they beat the favourites 2-1 in the final at Wembley Stadium. Five-time FIFA World Cup winners Brazil have three silvers and two bronzes in Olympic football, and star player Neymar is desperate to lead them to glory on home soil next year.

The USA defeated Canada 2-0 in the third-place play-off and will now face Colombia in March in a play-off for a place at the Olympic Games. The hosts finished the tournament as top scorers on 15 goals, with Stuttgart forward Jerome Kiesewetter bagging four.

Jerome Kiesewetter of USA scores a penalty against Canada

Jerome Kiesewetter of the USA scores a penalty against Canada (Photo Getty Images/Gene Sweeney Jr)

 

Mexico and Honduras are the eighth and ninth men’s football teams to confirm their presence at Rio 2016, joining Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Fiji.

The men’s Olympic football tournament is contested by under-23 teams, although each squad may have three ‘over-age’ players.

 

13/07/2015

Fiji win penalty shoot-out to qualify for men’s football tournament at Rio 2016 Games

Fijians beat Vanuatu in Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament, but New Zealand to appeal decision that ruled them out of final

 
Fiji celebrate their historic night in Port Moresby   (Photo: FIFA)
Fiji celebrate their historic night in Port Moresby (Photo: FIFA)

Fiji won a place in the men’s Olympic football tournament for the first time by beating Vanuatu after a penalty shoot-out in the final of the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament in Papua New Guinea on Sunday (12 July). FIFA, football’s world governing body, confirmed that the Pacific Island nation had won a berth at the Rio 2016 Games, after a nervy match that ended 0-0 after extra-time.  

However, events in Port Moresby were not without controversy. Favourites New Zealand had beaten Vanuatu 2-0 in the semi-finals, but the result was overturned by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) after an appeal by Vanuatu.

“The committee has found that New Zealand fielded an ineligible player in the match against Vanuatu held on 10 July 2015,” an OFC statement read. “The committee has declared that New Zealand has forfeited the match against Vanuatu with a 0-3 result, and therefore Vanuatu proceed to the final match of the OFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament against Fiji.”

However, the New Zealand Football Association said in a statement that it plans to launch an appeal against the decision.

The scores were level at 3-3 after the first five penalties for each team in the shoot-out, sending to the decision to sudden death spot-kicks. When Vanuatu’s Remy Kalsarap missed, Jale Dreola stepped up to score the winning penalty.

Argentina, Portugal, Sweden, Germany and Denmark have also already qualified for the men’s football tournament at the Rio 216 Games, while Brazil are guaranteed a place as host nation.

 

24/06/2015

Portugal and Sweden take the last European slots in the Rio 2016 men's football

The teams tied 1-1 in the European Under-21 Championship and join Germany and Denmark in the Olympic line-up

 
Portugal’s João Mario trying to get past Sweden’s Oscar Lewicki (left) and Branimir Hrgota in the match that sent both teams to Rio 2016  (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
Portugal’s João Mario trying to get past Sweden’s Oscar Lewicki (left) and Branimir Hrgota in the match that sent both teams to Rio 2016 (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

On Wednesday (24), Portugal and Sweden took the latest European spots on offer in the men’s football tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to join Germany and Denmark in the official line-up. Confirmation was published on International Federation website. The teams secured their places after tying 1-1 in the second group B match of final tournament stage of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, a result that ensured that both teams will go forward to the semi-finals in the Czech Republic. In the first group B match of the round Italy beat England by 3-1.

In the semi-finals on Saturday (27), Portugal will face Germany and Sweden take on Denmark.

Portugal and Sweden won their Rio 2016 spots together on Wednesday, but their success hasn’t always been so unified. The two teams fought for a single spot at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the Portuguese ultimately winning out over the Swedes in a battle that saw Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic go head-to-head. Two of the most famous footballers in the world, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic look set to clash again in the Olympic Games if they are chosen by their teams as one of three players over 23 years-old that each men's team can take to the Games.

The remaining vacancies in the men's football at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be decided via upcoming continental tournaments. From each of the Asian and African tournaments, the top three teams will go through to the Olympics. The top two teams from the North and Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF) championship will qualify, as well as the winner of the Oceania tournament. A third CONCACAF team will fight for an Olympic spot in a play-off against Colombia, which was runner-up at the 2015 South American U-20 Youth Football Championship in February. As the host country, Brazil has its place guaranteed.

In the women’s category, the Olympic Games qualifying process is similar, with each continental confederation entitled to a certain maximum number of places.

 

24/06/2015

Germany and France qualify for Rio 2016 women's football; a third European spot hangs in the balance

FIFA Women’s World Cup yields two more teams to join Brazil and Colombia at Rio 2016; who will be the third?

 
A third European Olympic spot will be decided in a play-off  (Photo: Getty Images)
A third European Olympic spot will be decided in a play-off (Photo: Getty Images)

Twice world champions in 2003 and 2007, Germany has qualified for the women's football at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The country will be celebrating this week, following the news that both their women’s and men’s teams are through to the Games. Confirmation was published on International Federation website. 

The women won their Olympic spot on Saturday (20 June) when they beat Sweden 4-1 and qualified for the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, thereby ensuring their position as one of the three best European teams in the tournament and fulfilling the criteria to qualify for the Olympics.

France also qualified for the Olympic Games, after their 3-0 win over the Republic of Korea on Sunday (21 June) launched them into the top-three European teams in the tournament and secured their place in the quarter-finals.

The fight for the third European team in the top-three – and a third European Olympic spot – is still underway. Although England beat Norway and qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals on Monday (June 22), the team are not eligible to qualify for the Olympic Games as the football federations of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have failed to reach an agreement over how to represent Great Britain in 2016. And since the Netherlands lost to Japan in the last of the round-of-eight matches on Tuesday (23), the fight for the third Olympic spot continues between the four European teams who made it to the World Cup round-of-eight, but who were defeated in their quest for a place in the quarter-finals.

The teams – Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands – will go head-to-head in a play-off organised by UEFA, which has yet to be scheduled, and with the teams conscious that they have been granted a reprieve, it promises to be an electrifying battle.

So far, four teams have qualified for the women's tournament at Rio 2016 (Brazil, Colombia, France and Germany). After the World Cup, the next crop of countries will qualify in October via continental tournaments in Africa (worth two Olympic places) and Oceania (one). In 2016, Olympic qualifying tournaments in Asia, and North and Central America and the Caribbean, will yield a further two Olympic berths each, closing the Olympic line-up at 12 countries.

 

24/06/2015

Germany and Denmark qualify for the men's football at Rio 2016

Through to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-final, the teams join Brazil and Argentina in the race for Olympic gold

 
Germany’s men's football team are in the line-up for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games   (Photo: Uefa)
Germany’s men's football team are in the line-up for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo: Uefa)

For the first time since reunification in 1990, Germany has qualified for the men's football tournament at the Olympic Games. Confirmation was published on International Federation website. Two years after winning the World Cup, the Germans will have another shot at victory at Rio de Janeiro’s famous Maracanã Stadium at the upcoming Games in 2016. The Olympic spot was secured in Prague on Tuesday (23) after a 1-1 tie with hosts, the Czech Republic, resulted in a place in the European Championship semi-finals for the German team.

Denmark also booked their Olympic ticket in the men's football in Prague after defeating Serbia by 2-0 and going forward to the semi-finals. The two European teams now join Brazil and Argentina in the official line-up for the Olympic men's football so far.

On Wednesday (24) the two semi-finalists from Group B will be decided in matches between England-Italy and Portugal-Sweden, with two more Olympic tickets up for grabs. So far, Portugal have a total of four points, while England and Sweden have three, and Italy one. Although England has every chance of making it to the European Championship semi-finals, they are ineligible to qualify for the Olympic Games as the football federations of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have failed to reach an agreement about how to represent Great Britain in 2016.

The stars of Germany’s European Under-21 team included goalkeeper Ter Stegen, who helped lift the cup in Barcelona at the 2015 European Champions League, and the Borussia Dortmund defender, Matthias Ginter, who was in the squad that won the World Cup in 2014.

The last time the Germans took part in an Olympic men's football competition was as West Germany in Seoul 1988, where the team took the bronze medal after beating Italy by 3-0. In the semi-final, the Germans, (who counted football icon Jürgen Klinsmann among its number), were eventually defeated by the Brazilian team (which included Romário, Bebeto and Taffarel), on penalties (4-3) after 1-1 tie at the end of normal and extra time. Prior to that, East Germany had taken to the podium four times, with a gold in 1976, one silver in 1980 and two bronzes, in 1964 and 1972.

The remaining vacancies in the men's football at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be decided via upcoming continental tournaments. From each of the Asian and African tournaments, the top three teams will go through to the Olympics. The top two teams from the North and Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF) championship will qualify, as well as the winner of the Oceania tournament. A third CONCACAF team will fight for an Olympic spot in a play-off against Colombia, which was runner-up at the 2015 South American U-20 Youth Football Championship in February. As the host country, Brazil has its place guaranteed.

In the women’s category, the Olympic Games qualifying process is similar, with each continental confederation entitled to a certain maximum number of places.

 

17/06/2015

European Under-21 Football Championship will yield four teams for Rio 2016

The tournament takes place in the Czech Republic, with the final on 30 June

 
The European Under-21 Championship trophy: the four top-placed teams will go to Rio 2016  (Photo: UEFA)
The European Under-21 Championship trophy: the four top-placed teams will go to Rio 2016 (Photo: UEFA)

The battle for places in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s football tournament hots up this Wednesday 17 June, with the opening of the final phase of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic. The tournament runs until 30 June with four Rio 2016 qualifying places up for grabs.

Seven teams are in the Olympic running, including Germany, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden and the European Championship host country, the Czech Republic. England will also play for the European title, but will not be able to qualify for the Olympic Games as the football federations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have not come to an agreement about how to represent Great Britain at Rio 2016.  

Excluding England, the four top-placed European men’s teams will join Brazil and Argentina in the official line-up for the men's football at the Rio 2016 Games.

The European Under-21 Championship kicked off more than two years ago with 52 teams participating in an initial qualification tournament, held between March 2013 and October 2014. This determined the seven teams who will join the final tournament hosts in the Czech Republic this month.The eight finalists were then divided into two groups of four teams. In the final stage, the teams in each group will play matches against each other in a round-robin system, and the top two teams from each group will move forward to the semi-finals.

All four semi-finalists will automatically qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic men’s football tournament. If England (who are ineligible for the Olympics) go through to the semi-finals, a play-off match between the third-placed teams in each group will decide the final Olympic spot.

Four more continental championships are scheduled to decide the remaining Rio 2016 men’s football vacancies. The three best teams from each of the Asia and Africa championships, and the two best-placed teams the North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) championship, will qualify for next year’s Olympics. From Oceania, only the champion will go through. The third-placed team from the CONCACAF qualifier will also fight for an Olympic spot in a play-off against Colombia – the second-placed team from the South American Championship which took place earlier this year. As host country, Brazil has its Rio 2016 spot guaranteed.

The Olympic classification system for the women's tournament is similar. So far in the women’s category, Brazil and Colombia are the only countries to have already booked their Olympic slots. However, as of 5 July, three more women’s teams will have qualified via the FIFA Women’s World Cup which is already underway.

 

05/06/2015

European nations compete for Rio 2016 places at women’s football World Cup

Germany among favourites to lift trophy in Canada, with top-three placed European teams qualifying for Olympic Games

 
Germany and Norway will be among the contenders in Canada  (Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Germany and Norway will be among the contenders in Canada (Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images)

The world’s top female footballers are preparing to go into battle at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which starts on Saturday (6 June), all dreaming of lifting the famous trophy. However, within the tournament in Canada there will be another intense competition taking place between European nations. The top three finishers from the ‘Old Continent’ will earn their places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands and Switzerland are the teams hoping to qualify for the first edition of the Olympic Games to be staged in South America. If the eighth European nation, England, finishes in the top three, their place will be passed down, as Great Britain will not enter football teams into the Olympic Games.

Germany, the 2003 and 2007 world champions, are one of the sides tipped to win the World Cup, a tag that sits comfortably with coach Silvia Neid. “Germany will always be among the favourites at any tournament,” she said. “With two World Cups, eight European titles and three Olympic bronze medals, we’ve earned those expectations. In light of that, I’m glad we’re considered favourites.”

France, who impressed at the London 2012 Olympic Games (eventually finishing fourth), will also be contenders. “I do think we can win the tournament,” said left-back Amel Majri. “We can pass the ball around really well, but we’re also good in the air. We’ve got pace and a physical presence, and we’ve shown that we can play intelligently.”

Norway’s pedigree – they were world champions in 1995 and Olympic champions in 2000 – mean they are always among the fancied sides, while Sweden, who finished third at the last World Cup in 2011, should also be strong.

There will be plenty of non-European teams who could disrupt plans for Olympic qualification. The USA are the dominant force in women’s Olympic football, having won four of the five tournaments held – including the last three – and taking silver in the other. Japan are the defending world champions and were considered unlucky by many to finish with silver at London 2012, while host nation Canada, who also impressed in London and are led by inspirational captain Christine Sinclair, will be tough to beat.

When the 24-team tournament comes to an end on July 5, the three best-placed European teams will join Brazil and Colombia in having their places at the Rio 2016 Games confirmed. The representatives from Africa (two teams) and Oceania (one team) will be known in October when their regional qualification ends, while the Asian (two teams) and North and Central American (two teams) entries will be confirmed next year.

Brazil and Argentina are already confirmed in the men’s Olympic tournament, with the next qualifiers to be confirmed at the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic on 17-30 June, from which four teams will earn places in Rio.

 

08/02/2015

Argentina men’s football team qualifies for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Victory over Uruguay in South American under-20 championship means Brazil’s great rivals will go for third Olympic title in Rio

 
Argentina captain Ángel Correa was one of the best players in the tournament  (Photo: Getty Images/Sandro Pereyra)
Argentina captain Ángel Correa was one of the best players in the tournament (Photo: Getty Images/Sandro Pereyra)

Argentina may have fallen one win short of claiming the FIFA World Cup in Brazil last year, but they have ensured they will have another chance to upset their great rivals on home soil by qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games football tournament.

After failing to reach the London 2012 Games, the 2008 and 2004 Olympic champions confirmed their place in Rio as they secured victory in the South American under-20 tournament by beating hosts Uruguay 2-1 in Montevideo on Saturday night.

Gastón Pereiro gave Uruguay a seventh-minute lead in the last-round match, but Argentina levelled before half time through Sebastián Driussi. Ángel Correa settled a fiercely contested match when he netted nine minutes from time.

Imagem Rio 2016
 
Top-scorer Giovanni Simeone lifts the trophy in Montevideo (Photo: Getty Images/Sandro Pereyra)
 
The Argentines, who top scored in the tournament with 24 goals in nine games, are likely to pose the stiffest challenge to Brazil’s aspirations of winning a first Olympic football title next year. The hosts’ coach has already indicated that he plans to include Neymar as one of their three over-23 players, and it will be fascinating to see if Argentina call up some of their star senior players, such as Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria.
 
However, they showed in Uruguay that they have no shortage of young talent. Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid manager and former Argentina international Diego, was the tournament’s top scorer with nine goals.

“All our effort was worth it,” said Simeone. “We worked hard all year and now we have achieved our objective. This is a very special victory.”

Atletico Madrid midfielder Correa was another stand-out player, proving that he is back to his best after recently returning to action following heart surgery.

Colombia beat Brazil 3-0 on Saturday to secure second place behind Argentina and will play off against a team from the CONCACAF region for a place at the Rio 2016 Games. Brazil, who finished fourth behind Uruguay in the 10-team tournament, qualify automatically as hosts.

 

28/09/2014

Colombia women’s football team book their place at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Felipe Taborda's side finish second behind Brazil in Copa América to guarantee their spot at first Olympic Games in South America

 
Colombia and Brazil contested the Copa América's final game and both teams will be at Rio 2016  (Photo: Conmebol)
Colombia and Brazil contested the Copa América's final game and both teams will be at Rio 2016 (Photo: Conmebol)

The Colombia women’s football team confirmed their place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by finishing second in Women’s Copa América on Sunday (28 September). Brazil won the tournament in Ecuador, for their sixth South American title, but already had their Olympic place guaranteed, as the host nation. Both teams also confirmed their places at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup and Pan-American Games, which will both be staged in Canada.

After a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Brazil in the final match on Sunday, the Colombians finished with four points in the four-team final round, three points behind Brazil. Hosts Ecuador finished third and Argentina were fourth. 

Two months after Colombia’s men recorded their country’s best yet World Cup finish by reaching the quarter-finals in Brazil, their women kept their flag flying high by reaching their second consecutive Olympic Games.  

Colombia were the only unbeaten team in the tournament and had the best defence, conceding just two times in seven matches. Coach Felipe Taborda was proud of his charges after they kept another clean sheet in the final. “It was a tough game and the most successful team in the history of the Copa América did not manage to beat us. We are happy, now it’s time to celebrate,” he said.

Brazil forward Cristiane finished top scorer in Ecuador with six goals.

The women’s football tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be contested by 12 teams. In addition to Brazil and Colombia, there will be three European teams, two from Africa, two from Asia, two from North and Central America and one from Oceania. Places will be allocated according to the results of continental qualifying competitions.

Imagem Rio 2016

Brazil's Cristiane poses with the Copa America 2014 and the top scorer's trophy (Photo: Conmebol)
 
   

 

Real time web analytics, Heat map tracking

Olympic Games

Full

Results

All Events

 

You are here: Home Modern Olympic Games Summer Olympic Games 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics 2016 Summer Olympics - The Results (Football - Qualification)