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Football at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games

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Host City: Beijing, China
Date Started: August 6, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Events: 2

Participants: 469 (274 men and 195 women) from 21 countries
Youngest Participant: CHN Lou Jiahui (17 years, 73 days)
Oldest Participant: USA Brian McBride (36 years, 50 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 102 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): BRA Brazil (2 medals)


The formats and rules for the Olympic football competitions were the same as in 2004, although the women's field had been expanded from 10 to 12 teams, against 16 in the men's tournament. The matches were played in six stadiums spread out over five cities: Beijing, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenyang and Tianjin. The men's final was the only match contested in the "Bird's Nest", or formally the National Stadium in Beijing.