Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): FC Barcelona Stadium, Barcelona; Luis Casanova Stadium, Valencia; Nova Creu Alta Stadium, Sabadell; Romareda Stadium, Zaragoza; SarrÃa Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: July 24, 1992
Date Finished: August 8, 1992
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.
While they were automatically qualified for the tournament as the host nation, Spain nevertheless entered the qualification tournament, finishing second behind Czechoslovakia in their group. But the Spaniards had greatly improved by the time of the Olympics, and they cruised through the first five matches without conceding a single goal. Another impressive team was Poland, which trounced Ghana in the semi-finals 6-1. The final match was played in the famous Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona. 95,000 fans witnessed the final, in which Poland opened the score. Spain then moved ahead, only to see Poland tie the game again after 76 minutes. With little over a minute left to play, [Kiko] kicked in the winner from a blocked shot. Several of the Spanish players would later also play for their national team, including [Luis Enrique] (62 caps), [Abelardo] (54) and [Guardiola] (47). Ghana won the match for bronze to become the first African team to win an Olympic football medal. Man of the match was goalkeeper [Dossey], who held a penalty kick.