Composed from that point on, they showed both individual and collective strengths and were a cut above their opponents. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA, Argentinian players celebrate on the podium after winning gold in the men's Olympic football tournament at the national stadium in Beijing during the 2008 Beijing Olympic games on August 23, 2008. Matheus Cunha (R) of Brazil celebrates a goal during the South American Soccer U-23 Tournament match between Argentina and Brazil at Alfonso Lopez stadium in Bucaramanga Colombia, 09 February 2020. They were equal to the task, however, easing to a 3-0 win and having the added satisfaction of depriving their old foes of their unbeaten record. “Winning the gold medal was a dream of mine – and now it’s come true. Sergio Romero, Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Gago, Juan Roman Riquelme, Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Sergio Aguero: it reads like a who’s who of Argentinians to have made waves across the globe in recent years. In terms of individual players, Romero emerged as the ideal replacement for the injured Oscar Ustari and the custodian, who also won the U-20 World Cup in 2007, did not concede once in 315 minutes of play. Moment of class decides exciting match 1-0, Angel Di Maria of Argentina wheels away in delight after scoring the only goal of the men's Olympic final. The South Americans also set a new record by going 12 consecutive games unbeaten at the competition. Four years after the gold in Athens, another 1-0 scoreline confirmed Argentina as Olympic football champions. The team advanced to the final after defeating United States with a thrashing 11–2 in the first round, and Belgium (6–3) in the second. The raw numbers may not show it, but Argentina’s road to the title was far from easy. In 2004, the match-winning goal had been scored by a certain Carlos Tevez; this year in Beijing, salvation came from above. Argentina won gold ahead of Nigeria and Brazil. Back-to-back draws left them needing to beat Argentina in their final match to make it to Tokyo. I wore the medal on the plane on the way home and wouldn’t take it off for anyone.”. This will allow you to make the most of your account with personalization. “He can win games by himself,” said Sergio Batista, his coach at the time. You’ll also get exclusive access to FIFA games, contests and prizes. The latter, who hails from Rosario, arrived at the tournament as a substitute but became a pillar of the side and scored decisive goals against both the Netherlands and Nigeria. Please sign in to your FIFA.com user account below. Brazil were nothing if not practical, doing what they had to do at both ends of the pitch and ending the tournament as the only unbeaten team. The stat — Argentina are set to make their ninth appearance at the Olympics, where they have won two gold medals (2004 and 2008) and two silvers (1928 and 1996). Argentinian Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero celebrate after winning the Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing. This will allow you to make the most of your account with personalization. Andre Jardine’s team boasted several standout performers, among them front men Matheus Cunha – the tournament’s leading goalscorer with five – and Paulinho, who scored three and served up three assists. "We won because we played attacking football and we never stopped trying things out. Argentinian forward Sergio AGUERO poses with his gold medal during the men's Olympic football tournament medal ceremony at the national stadium in Beijing during the 2008 Beijing Olympic games on August 23, 2008. Diego Maradona celebrates after Argentina became the new Olympic Champion in Beijing, Brazil's Ronaldinho shows the bronce medal in Beijing, Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero waves his national flag during the men's Olympic football tournament medal ceremony at the national stadium in Beijing during the 2008 Beijing Olympic games on August 23, 2008. Following Argentina’s successes at the FIFA U-20 World Cups of Netherlands 2005 and Canada 2007, Olympic glory represented the third major title for the country’s youth teams in the space of just three years. Fernando Batista’s side topped their group with a perfect record and maintained their momentum in the final phase, where they beat Uruguay and Ecuador to make sure of their fifth title in the competition and a place in Tokyo with one match still to play. Photograph: Ceerwan Aziz/Reuters. (imago/EFE).
“Last year I won the U-20 World Cup and now this. Nicolas Benedetti (R) of Colombia vies for the ball with Iago Amaral of Brazil during their South American Soccer U-23 Tournament match between Colombia and Brazil at Alfonso Lopez stadium in Bucaramanga Colombia, 03 February 2020. Temperatures of up to 42 degrees Celsius, combined with extreme humidity, made conditions difficult for the players out on the pitch. It was Messi’s pass in the 58th minute that released Di Maria, whose delicate chip over the goalkeeper was the decisive goal in the final. Argentina won gold ahead of Nigeria and Brazil. Juan Sanabria (C) of Uruguay celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the South American Soccer U-23 Tournament match between Colombia and Uruguay, at Alfonso Lopez stadium in Bucaramanga, Colombia, 09 February 2020. Brazil’s defeat of their neighbours ended the hopes of Uruguay, who had given themselves a chance of making it to Tokyo with victory over hosts Colombia. Matheus Souza (R) of Brazil vies for the ball with Juan Sanabria (C) of Uruguay during a U23 South American Pre-Olympic Tournament final phase match between Brazil and Uruguay, at the Alfonso Lopez stadium in Bucaramanga, Colombia, 06 February 2020. The outstanding player in China PR was none other than Messi. Matheus Cunha (L) of Brazil celebrates after scoring with teammate Paulo Sampaio during the South American Soccer U-23 Tournament group B match between Brazil and Uruguay, at Hernan Ramirez Villegas stadium in Pereira, Colombia, 22 January 2019. Olympics: Di Maria winner earns gold for Argentina ... in which Nigeria became the first African country to win a major senior international football tournament. Please sign in to your FIFA.com user account below. ⚽ Enjoy this look back at Messi's highlights from Beijing 2008. Doing it together with friends like Leo is something I can’t put into words.”. Angel Di María se colgó la medalla de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos de Pekín, en 2008. Claudio Bravo (R) of Argentina plays a ball with Pedro Delmino of Brazil during the South American Soccer U-23 Tournament match between Argentina and Brazil at Alfonso Lopez stadium in Bucaramanga Colombia, 09 February 2020. All rights reserved. Argentina became the first team to win back-to-back Olympic titles since Uruguay did so in 1964 and '68, and simultaneously exacted a measure of revenge on Nigeria for defeat in the Atlanta 1996 final. La Albiceleste sealed the continental crown and their ticket to Japan with a game to spare, while A Canarinha only made sure of their place when beating the Argentinians in their final match. Nicolas Pareja and Di Maria also raised eyebrows with their top-level performances. Edwin Herrera (L) of Colombia vies for the ball with Camilo Moya of Chile during their South American Soccer U-23 Tournament group A match between Colombia and Chile, at Hernan Ramirez Villegas stadium in Pereira, Colombia, 30 January 2020. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI. ¡El festejo del campeón! Indeed, apart from Riquelme, all of them were involved in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Final.
Lionel Messi (ARG) kissing his gold medal during the men's Olympic football tournament medal ceremony at the national stadium in Beijing during the 2008 Beijing Olympic games on August 23, 2008. Argentina won gold ahead of Nigeria and Brazil. In the semi-finals, the national team smashed Egypt by 6–0 to qualify for the final against Uruguay. Argentina won 1-0. And we beat Brazil in the semi-finals. After falling behind to the hosts in their opening match, Argentina turned the game around to record a narrow win. “It’s simply unbelievable,” said a slightly hoarse Mascherano.
#BackToBeijing2008. I’m so happy.”, Happy birthday to the Olympic champion Lionel Messi! Eduardo Rabanal (L) of Peru vies for the ball with Santiago Rodriguez of Uruguay during their South American Soccer U-23 Tournament group B match between Peru and Uruguay, at Centenario stadium in Armenia, Colombia, 28 January 2020 (imago/EFE). Regardless of what happens from now on in my football career, nobody can ever take away the pride I feel in achieving something like this, especially in a sport as difficult as football. Impressive winners of the CONMEBOL Olympic qualifying competition, Argentina will be joined at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 by runners-up Brazil.
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