Nigeria shook the World in 1996 when they defeated mighty Argentina to win Olympic Gold medal at Atlanta in the USA. The West African nation was the first African country to win such an award at such a high level. Cameroon followed their neighbor’s example and thrashed Spain in the final to win Gold in the year 2000 at Sydney, Australia. This was a great decade for African football. Today, we want to take a look at five most successful countries in Olympic football.
5. Soviet Union (Russia) – 2 Gold Medals
The former Soviet Union won football gold in 1956 and 1988 Olympic games held in Melbourne, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea respectively. The union broke up in the 1990s but the record still exists. Russia is certainly the beneficiary because the headquarters and Capital was Moscow.
4. Argentina- 2 Gold Medals
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero were members of the team that delivered 2008 Olympic gold medal for Argentina. The two were together in 2005 when the South American country lifted FIFA U-20 World Cup. It is the only success they two have seen in their international careers despite great achievements at club level.
The football-mad nation won the gold in Beijing, four years after another team from the same country won the country first Olympic gold in 2004 at Athens, Greece.
3. Uruguay- 2 Gold Medals
Uruguay is one of the few countries that have lifted FIFA World Cup. They did so in 1930 and 1950. The country certainly enjoyed their best ever football in the decade between 1920 and 1930. They won two gold medals in 1924 and 1928 hosted Paris and Amsterdam respectively. The current crop of players will need to be at their best to at least get one of the two famous awards.