We tried to give you some of the most important Olympic football facts about the best teams, players…and everything!
Olympic football is not regarded as the most important football tournaments: All betting news in Brazil acknowledge the fact that the World Cup has far more prestige in this sport and even the continental tournaments attract more people to sit and watch tv every until the final match. However, Olympic football rules make this game interesting for a reason: most players will be under 23 years of age so this is the perfect tournament for wannabe-scouts who hope to find their future-favourite football players.
Olympic Football Facts #1: Hungary tops the medalist list
Not many knows, but Hungarian football used to be really good up until the 1980s. The Eastern European country made a quick Brexit from European football map during those times and stayed away from it until Euro 2016, however, before that, they did pretty well in the Olympic Games. By winning 5 medals, they are among the top teams in this game in the Olympics.
Hungary first became Olympic football winners in Helsinki, 1952. The team featured world class football players like Sándor Kocsis, József Bozsik or Ferenc Puskás who later on became one of the most important figures in Real Madrid’s history. Two years later they lost the World Cup final against Germany.
But the success for the Hungarian Olympic football team did not end there: online sportsbooks in Japan and Mexico regarded them as favourites and they did meet the requirements: Hungary won the Olympic football tournament in 2 consecutive Olympic Games in 1964 and 1968. They finished third in 1960, Rome and second in 1972, Münich, adding up to a total of 5 Olympic football medals.
Olympic Football Facts #2: Brazil never won it!
We all know what Brazil means in the football world: they are like the best team of all time. They won the most World Cups ever and Brazil at all times gives at least 1, but usually several football players who represent the highest quality. However, we would never find that out if we only checked results in Olympic football, because we would never find the Brazilian team on the list of the winners. Not ever.
However, they still do pretty well on the list of the top Olympic football medal winners as they have claimed a total of 5 Olympic football medals. They finished second in Los Angeles, 1984, Seoul 1988 and London, 2012. The Brazilian national football team also claimed the bronze medal twice: in Atlanta, 1996 and in Beijing, 2008.
Online sportsbooks in Brazil believe that this year could be the breakthrough for the Brazilian national team in regards of Olympic football. The team features talented players like Marquinhos, Renato Augusto, Gabriel Jesus and of course Barcelona star Neymar Jr, who is expected to lead his team to Olympic glory. Bet365 believes they will be capable of doing so: The odds for a Brazilian victory are at 1.83 (5/6) at the online betting site.
Olympic Football Facts #3: US Women’s team is purely the best
It’s never a bad bet to wager on the US Women’s team to win Olympic football. Of course, the odds are not too high for this as they are clear favourites for the entire tournament – for a reason of course – but it’s almost the safest bet one could ever make. Obviously, anything can happen in football but Olympic football for women has been in existence since 1996, Atlanta.
After a short mathematical calculation, one could easily conclude that there has been only 5 Olympic football tournaments for women so far. This one in Rio will be the 6th. The golden medal was claimed by the USA in 4 out of 5 occasions. The only time when they didn’t win was in Sydney, 2000. They finished second that year as Norway beat then in the final.
The US Women’s Olympic Football team will be clear favourites for this year’s competition as well, however, other teams will try harder than ever to finally end the American dream of remaining soccer queens. The odds for the USA’s success is at 2.25 (5/4). Their main rivals are expected to be Germany and Brazil, whose respective odds are 3.75 (11/4) and 7.50 (13/2) at Unibet.