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Football at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Football

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Dynamo Stadium, Moskva; Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva; Grand Arena, Dynamo Stadium, Minsk; Kirov Stadium, Leningrad; Republican Stadium, Kyiv
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: August 2, 1980
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

Gold: TCH Czechoslovakia
Silver: GDR East Germany
Bronze: URS Soviet Union

Summary

The Western boycott caused almost half of the qualified teams to withdraw: Argentina, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Malaysia, Norway and the United States. Many of their replacements could not impress at Moscow, and the Cuban team even made it to the quarter-finals after a 0-8 loss to the host nation. The four teams from Eastern Europe, East Germany, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, had no trouble defeating the non-European teams and all placed for the semi-finals.

East Germany reached its second consecutive final, but without the players that had taken the gold in Montréal, while Czechoslovakia played its third Olympic final, losing in 1920 and 1964. The rules required that all amateurs were allowed to compete in Moscow, with the exception of European or South American players who had contested the 1978 World Cup qualifiers or finals. Several of the Czechoslovakian players had, in fact, competed at the 1980 European Championships in Italy. The final remained goal-less until the 77th minute, when substitute Svoboda put in a header to decide the tournament.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal G YC RC S CK FK
1 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 10 10 1 106 25 111
2 East Germany GDR Silver 12 6 1 96 37 118
3 Soviet Union URS Bronze 19 4 0 139 64 108
4 Yugoslavia YUG 9 5 0 89 54 103
5T Kuwait KUW 5 5 0 53 13 99
5T Cuba CUB 3 7 0 43 17 70
5T Iraq IRQ 4 8 1 46 6 59
5T Algeria ALG 4 6 0 44 24 76
9T Venezuela VEN 3 2 0 38 8 51
9T Colombia COL 2 4 0 48 11 60
9T Spain ESP 2 4 0 56 28 47
9T Finland FIN 3 0 0 45 29 64
13T Zambia ZAM 2 1 0 41 13 39
13T Nigeria NGR 2 6 0 47 12 64
13T Syria SYR 0 5 0 27 9 29
13T Costa Rica CRC 2 0 0 33 9 44