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Olympic Games 2012 - Spain's recent Olympic history

Spain won the Olympic Games football tournament gold medal for the one and only time in 1992, when the Games were held in Barcelona. Otherwise they have finished runners up twice, to hosts Belgium in 1920, and to Cameroon in Australia in 2000. In 2004 and 2008 they failed to qualify for the tournament. (13.06.12)

Barcelona 1992. Spain finished top of their group, winning all of their matches with the following results: Spain 4 (Guardiola, Kiko, Berges, Luis Enrique) - Colombia 0; Spain 2 (Solazábal, Soler) - Egypt 0; Spain 2 (Alfonso, Kiko) - Qatar 0. They then went on to beat Italy 1-0 in the quarter finals, Kiko the scorer again, and won 2-0 against Ghana in the semi-finals, with goals from Abelardo and Berges. In the final Vicente Miera's side met Poland, coming from behind in the Nou Camp to win 3-2 with one from Abelardo and two late on from Kiko.

Atlanta 1996. Spain were second in their group behind France after winning two and drawing one: Spain 1 (Oscar) - Saudi Arabia 0; Spain 1 (Oscar) - France 1; Spain 3 (Raúl 2, Santi) - Australia 2. However Javier Clemente's team fell to heavy 4-0 defeat against Argentina in the quarter finals, and their participation ended there.

Sydney 2000. Spain finished second in the group behind Chile, with the following results: Spain 3 (Velamzán, José Marí, Xavi) - South Korea 0; Spain 1 (Lacruz) - Chile 3; Spain 2 (José Marí, Gabri) - Morocco 0. Gabri scored again as Iñaki Sáez's side beat Italy 1-0 in the quarter finals, and Tamudo, Angulo and José Marí were on target as they beat hosts USA 1-3 in the semis. The final against Cameroon ended 2-2, Xavi and Gabri scoring for Spain and Amaya (own goal) and Samuel Eto'o netting for the Africas, but Cameroon won the penalty shoot out 5-3 after Amaya missed his spot kick. (Sydney 2000)