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Countries that have won a Gold Medal in Soccer

Guess the 22 countries that have ever won gold in Olympic football. The results may surprise you so here is the source.
Includes countries that no longer exist
This quiz is gender neutral
Quiz by kalbahamut
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First submittedAugust 21, 2016
Last updatedAugust 22, 2016
Times taken18,456
Rating3.88
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Gold
Silver
Bronze
Country
4
2
1
United States
3
1
1
Hungary
3
0
0
Great Britain
2
2
0
Argentina
2
0
3
Soviet Union
2
0
0
Uruguay
1
5
2
Brazil
1
3
1
Yugoslavia
1
2
0
Poland
1
2
0
Spain
1
1
5
Germany/
West Germany
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Country
1
1
2
Sweden
1
1
1
East Germany
1
1
1
Nigeria
1
1
0
Czechoslovakia
1
1
0
France
1
0
2
Canada
1
0
2
Italy
1
0
2
Norway
1
0
1
Belgium
1
0
0
Cameroon
1
0
0
Mexico
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level 77
Aug 21, 2016
So.... in Rio Brazil and Germany finally learned how to play football and took home their first ever Olympic gold medals in the sport. Though considering all the flak I've taken from Europeans on other quizzes about including women's stats in football quizzes, I wonder if the German women's team victory will even be appreciated.

With those two additions to the gold medal club, this quiz is much less interesting than it used to be. Only really curious omission left I think is Portugal.
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level 46
Aug 21, 2016
Portugal have had their moments but haven't always been right at the top, and may not have entered many Olympic tournaments
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level 77
Aug 21, 2016
You're right. There aren't any truly great teams (consistently great, over the course of many years) that have not won gold now. Germany and Brazil were the last two and they finally managed it in the same year. Though I guess if you take away women's medals then we're still waiting for a German men's gold.

Still, it's funny that Cameroon, Mexico and Nigeria have more gold medals in football than Portugal or some other countries.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
Oh it's you, the guy who endlessly complains on every quiz about Germany and West Germany being the same country. So... is East Germany also the same country, now?
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
Olympic medals are not resources that can be acquired or bought. They're tokens representing achievements made by national entities that existed at the time those achievements were made. What you're proposing doesn't make a lot of sense unless you're just trying to bolster Germany's overall Olympic medal count. And it's not really fair to allow one "country" to field two separate teams in the same year.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
but I didn't say that. I said Germany. By which I meant the FRG/BRD.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
and.. haha.. the Wikipedia page on the subject was just updated an hour ago to combine all German teams into one. Was that you, gandalf??
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level 57
Aug 22, 2016
The Netherlands are the best footballing nation to never win the world cup or the Olympic gold. They have been runners up 3 times in the world cup, but I am not sure what their Olympic record is. Their women's team is not so strong. Brazil, Japan and China are all very good in the women's, but none of them have won Olympic Gold. Hungary in the men's too, in the 1950's. They never won the world cup. They went 8 years when they lost only one game; the so-called Miracle of Bern, when they lost the world cup final 3-2 to West Germany in 1954. One of the biggest underdog upsets of all time.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
Nederland has 3 Olympic bronzes, 0 silver, 0 gold.
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level 77
Aug 23, 2016
and my follow-up comment was that there was nothing at all incorrect in what I had said. In English, Germany is not East Germany.
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level 59
Nov 10, 2017
Well, as a German citizen, I fell proud of every gold medal, that FRG/BRD/West Germany has won until 1990. On the other hand, every gold medal, that GDR/DDR/East Germany has won then, was not a (West) German medal. From today's view, both countries are one culture, one people, one nation, but stats are stats and I guess they should remain the way they were (BRD/DDR/Germany). Next point is, that East Germany would probably never had been able to win any medal, if there had been an organization like WADA in the 50's already
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level 77
Nov 10, 2017
^ yeah, absolutely. I'm sure gandalf takes no issue with stripping Lance Armstrong of his titles. He's said as much elsewhere on the site. Also it's doubtful that most of the countries in Eastern Europe would have performed so well without the influence of the Soviet Union. Czechoslovakia, Romania, Yugoslavia, etc.. including East Germany. Maybe we should give these medals to Russia. (kidding, stats are stats, agree with what you said)
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level 74
Aug 21, 2016
I commend you for always including women's sports in quizzes.
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level 43
Sep 27, 2016
Yeah, even though I'm male, women still deserve the same rights as men.
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level 69
Aug 22, 2016
I can reassure you, that it is appreciated, the same way the World Cups victories were appreciated. Olympia isn't really the most important sport event, though.
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level 61
Aug 22, 2016
From my experience Olympic soccer achievements aren't as celebrated as World Cup or Euro Cup wins or even seconds all together. No big public viewings, celebrations or flags everywhere. The soccer played at World Cups / Euro Cups is on a whole different level though. I've only seen a few minutes of the men's Olympic final match and it looked less professional to me. Anyway, the German female team won Cups and it was never as big as a deal as the male Teams wins.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
World Cup is more popular and there are restrictions in the Olympic games which mean fewer good teams and fewer good players on each team participate.
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level 69
Aug 22, 2016
"the Bender twins and Ginter" The Bender twins and Petersen. As a Cotbusser, I have to correct that :D
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level 57
Aug 22, 2016
"Brazil and Germany finally learned how to play football" Yeah, I guess 5 World Cup titles and the best player of the history should mean that a country knows how to play football.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
I should have known you guys would be unable to understand sarcasm.
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level 57
Aug 24, 2016
The first lesson I was taught at College, majoring in Languages, was that the responsibility of the communication relies on the speaker. So, if the listener doesn't get the message, it's because of the flaws of the message itself. Maybe try to write clearer next time. Sarcasm is not for everyone, Sheldon.
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level 77
Aug 24, 2016
That's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. If I write something that can't be understood by a two-year-old Chinese kid, I need to change my message?

Here's a much better lesson I learned from the South Park Season One DVD commentary track (though I also studied (and taught) languages at University): when crafting your message the best thing you can do is not worry about who is going to get it. Always think "the right people will get this." Write things that satisfy your own filter and your message will be more honest, genuine, funny, and eventually find its appropriate audience. No sense dumbing it down worrying about those who aren't going to get it.
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level 57
Aug 25, 2016
"That's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. If I write something that can't be understood by a two-year-old Chinese kid, I need to change my message?" Exactly. Otherwise, there will be no communication between the two of you. Well, no wonder your people explode things, with this type of education.
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level 77
Aug 25, 2016
Either you catastrophically misunderstood your lesson, or you had an absolutely horrible teacher. I imagine it may be the former, and if that's the case I would assume there would be some context about "considering your audience," and since I wasn't intending to speak to people who were oversensitive or incapable of grasping obvious sarcasm, then it can't accurately be said I didn't do that. Though since you refer to "your people"... I can also guess you didn't have the advantage of getting a quality tertiary education from the country with the best available system for that, and so it might be the latter.
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level 57
Aug 25, 2016
"from the country with the best available system for that" Guess you have no clue where I'm from.
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level 77
Aug 25, 2016
guess I don't care. Ciao.
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level 45
Jan 31, 2018
Your understanding of football is rather poor. You see Poland was in last 25 years or so one of the better teams in all junior categories but they couldn't convert that to success in senior careers. It was all down to wrong way of bringing those young players up. Instead of teaching them discipline in tactics they were pushing them for results. In Germany nobody cares if players can win U16 championship if they cant then win anything in adult football, the young guys in Bayern learn to play what coach told them to play regardless of the score. They drill them tactics to the point where they get it perfect and because it happens to be same tactics as first team is using it makes it easier for young players to transmission into adult football. And then they are going on World Cup and even if their team isn't as impressive on paper as some other team they are still bringing medals.
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level 77
Jan 31, 2018
You may be right.
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level 45
Jan 31, 2018
Also your argument that East Germany was a different country is rather poor. During the civil war there were plenty of inventions made and you consider them to be American inventions not Union inventions for example. At the end of the day those medals belong to Germans.
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level 77
Jan 31, 2018
That makes no sense whatsoever.
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level 77
Aug 21, 2016
I reduced the time limit from 4 minutes to 3 minutes because this was too easy
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level 59
Aug 22, 2016
Go Canada!
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
Canada's gold medal comes from 1900, the first year they ever played football at the Olympics. There were only 3 teams competing that year and the other 2 teams were American club teams. Not a very impressive feat, but, I guess it still counts. :)

Their women's team is quite good. But have never won gold.
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level 52
Dec 12, 2017
Umm actually, it was in 1904 not 1900. But still, canadian pride is strong considering it's still one more soccer gold medal than portugal. Take that, Ronaldo.
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level 77
Dec 13, 2017
Oops, my mistake. Yes, 1900 was in Paris and 1904 was St Louis (crazy event, fun to read about) where they played soccer for the first time and the Canadian team won.
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level 51
Aug 22, 2016
Not too easy. Could have used more time.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
I think with 4 minutes it was too easy. 3 minutes seems about right. 28% guessing Cameroon feels about right. Before it was about 60%.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
and the average score was 19 which is way too high for a 22 country quiz that includes defunct countries.
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level 28
Aug 22, 2016
A really good quiz kalbahamut! I was surprised how Hungary got more medals than Germany/West Germany!
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
Hungary had an amazing team in the 1950s and 1960s. The Mighty Magyars
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level 63
Aug 22, 2016
The Netherlands are often considered the best football team who hasn't won a world cup; guess they're also the biggest who haven't won a gold medal either
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
Most impressive standings for countries that have not won gold include Denmark (3 silvers, 1 bronze), Bulgaria (1 silver, 1 bronze), and Japan (1 silver, 1 bronze). The Netherlands has often had a good team but they've never even managed to take home silver. They do have three 3rd-place finishes, though.
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level 63
Aug 23, 2016
Yes, they suck at olympics, but no one will argue that any of those 3 teams are historically better than the Netherlands with three runner up places at WC-finals (which is considered a lot more prestigious and is way more heavily contested than winning the summer olympics)
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level 71
Aug 22, 2016
3:00 is fair, any more time and you can simply start guessing random countries. I missed Nigeria, and I don't even really like soccer, but with another minute I may have come up with it. 3:00 is the perfect amount of time.
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level 51
Aug 22, 2016
hungary used to be such ballers what with ferenc puskas laszlo kubala and sandor kocsis
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level 66
Aug 22, 2016
It's not 'soccer', it's football goddammit!
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
It's clearly both. But QM is the one who changed the title.
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level 69
Aug 22, 2016
If we're being technical - the event is labelled as 'Football' in all official Olympic contexts. Though obviously no one is left confused when it's called soccer, whereas the same is not true of 'football', so there are arguments to be made either way. It seems to be a strangely emotive issue for some.
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level 77
Aug 22, 2016
The title says soccer. The description says football. But people still complain.. :P
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level 58
Oct 3, 2016
Just look at the link. He originally put "football". Give QM a hard time.
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level 69
Aug 22, 2016
Only missed East Germany. Probably would have missed Cameroon, except that I was there in the stadium watching when they did it, which was kinda hard to forget.
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level 73
Aug 23, 2016
It wasn't until there was 5 seconds left that I realized that former countries were included, so I missed 4 I would have otherwise had.
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level 49
Aug 23, 2016
Still waiting for some Asian teams to be on this list one day.
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level 77
Aug 23, 2016
Japan and China both have excellent women's teams. I think that's Asia's best hope. Korea (both north and south, surprisingly), Thailand, and Vietnam all have good women's teams, as well. Asia apparently much better about supporting female athletes than Europe is. On the men's side... I don't think there's much hope of an Asian gold any time soon. Turkey's men's team is okay, if you want to put them in Asia. Iran and Japan are both okay. That's about it.
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level 67
Aug 26, 2016
Please accept Russia for Soviet Union.
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level 77
Aug 26, 2016
I normally would as the USSR and Russia were basically synonymous when I was growing up. However, when it comes to Olympic medals, they are definitely two distinct things (much like East Germany and Germany) with separate medal counts. Russia has never won a gold medal for soccer.
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level 55
Nov 5, 2017
I don't see how these are very surprising
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level 77
Jan 4, 2018
You must know a great deal about Olympics football history, then.
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level 56
Aug 15, 2018
The things that surprised me most was that the US has the most gold medals in Olympic soccer considering the US's abysmal performances at the FIFA World Cup.
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level 77
Aug 15, 2018
If you consider the results of all teams (both genders) the US performance at the World Cup is also impressive.
But I thought that, for the average person, the fact that the United States and Hungary were the top two would be surprising, and maybe the fact that East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Cameroon and Mexico had all won more gold medals than Portugal or the Netherlands might also be surprising. Prior to the last Olympics they had also won more than Brazil or Germany. Most people don't think of Cameroon as more accomplished at football than Brazil.