Hungary has won the most Olympic gold medals, while the five-time World Cup winners have won Brazil only once …
The Olympics are widely regarded as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ and are undoubtedly the most iconic sporting spectacle in the world.
Football in the Olympic Games was started from its second edition in 1900 and since then it has been played in every version except once in 1932 in Los Angeles, as FIFA reportedly wanted to start the World Cup which started in 1930.
In 1992, during the Barcelona Olympics, FIFA decided to make football an U23 competition in the Olympic Games, making it a direct competition for the World Cup.
At the first edition in 1900, Great Britain won the gold medal. After that, Britain won two more golds in the 1908 and 1912 editions, making them the most successful team with Hungary in the Olympic Games.
It should be noted, however, that the team that represented Great Britain in football in 1900 was an amateur football club from London called Upton Park FC. The club was dissolved in 1911. The other two gold medals were won by a proper Great British contingent,
Among South American teams, Argentina and Uruguay have won the title twice each. Argentina’s triumph was in 2004 and 2008 in rugby teams. In the 2008 edition, Argentine star and captain Lionel Messi competed and won the gold medal. Brazil, who have been world champions five times, won the gold medal only once in history at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Only five countries have won the gold medal in football two or more times. Let’s find out the most successful teams in Olympic football,
Which teams have won the most Olympic gold medals in football?
|Team||Number of medals||Years|
|Hungary||3||1952, 1964, 1968|
|Great Britain||3||1900, 1908, 1912|
|Soviet Union||2||1956, 1988|