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What is your favourite international Olympic soccer moment?
At Rome 1960, Yugoslavia wins gold, having qualified for the semifinals only because they won a coin toss after being tied with Bulgaria in their preliminary pool.
At Sydney 2000, Norway becomes the only country other than the United States to win the women’s Olympic gold medal, beating the Americans in the final on a golden goal.
At Atlanta 1996, the Nigerian men’s team rallies from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Brazil in the semifinal and a 2-1 deficit versus Argentina in the gold medal match to win Africa’s first gold medal in soccer.
At Helsinki 1952, legendary Ferenc Puskás led the Hungarian team, nicknamed the “Mighty Magyars” and undefeated since May 1950, to Olympic gold while championing a new style of play coined as “total football” emphasizing passing and team play.
At Barcelona 1992, upon the arrival of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at the gold medal game, the Spanish squad, down 1-0 to Poland in the second half, launch a dramatic comeback to win gold in front of almost 100,000 home fans.
At Sydney 2000, Cameroon wins the men’s gold medal by defeating Spain on penalty kicks in the final, leading to the declaration of a national holiday.
At Athens 2004, Argentina becomes the first country in 100 years to win the men’s Olympic soccer gold medal without conceding a single goal.
At London 2012, a relatively unknown Mexican men’s team with no professional players, defeats heavy favorite Brazil, led by Neymar, en route to their first significant international soccer trophy.
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