I made a bet with The Roof Roofer Roofing Atlanta club that Brazil would be at least make it out of their pool in Rio 2016. The guys over there know the tension is on after two nil nil draws in Prelims. Can you believe Brazil men have dominated the World Cup and yet have never reached Olympic gold medal podiums?
The Country with Most Medals
Most likely as you know, soccer is highly considered as the most played, televised and watched sport in the history of mankind. As stated by Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), there are around 270 million people who are currently involved in football game. With many countries competing to earn the highest award, which of these countries has the highest number of medals received in men and women Olympic soccer?
At the beginning of the 19th century, soccer had evolved since medieval times, which started getting popularity in England and other countries. Back then; this game was played by teams of the same factory, village, etc. until the 1860s. This is where soccer clubs started developing everywhere and game rules became official.
As one of the most loved and oldest team game sports, more tickets are being sold for football or soccer (as it is called in the United States) than other sports. Each year since 1900, men’s soccer has performed at the games. What makes the men’s soccer considered a unique event from the World Cup tournament? It is the rule that limits teams to players below 23 years old, which makes the Olympics a platform for the up and coming superstars of the world.
Over the years, you have witnessed how individuals achieved in getting multiple gold medals and making a name for themselves, such as Arthur Berry and Ronald Brebner (for men soccer) as well as Nicole Barnhart and Shannon Boxx for women soccer. They and more have the pride of the country, dedicating their life to achieve the best prize their effort deserves.
For the review of Olympic men soccer history, the countries with most medals are: Yugoslavia with 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze; Hungary with 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze; Soviet Union with 2 gold, e silver and 1 bronze; and Brazil with 3 silver and 2 bronze. While for women, United States has the most number of Olympic soccer medals, with 4 gold and 1 silver since the first competition.
FIFA was made in Paris (1904) to regulate global fixtures, with 7 founding members including Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark and France. At the 1908 London Summer Olympics, the first intercontinental competition was hosted with winners Great Britain (gold), Denmark (silver) and Netherlands (bronze). FIFA boasts 51 member countries by 1950. Before the World Cup has created, FIFA organized a soccer competition in the Summer Olympics. In 1930, FIFA managed the tournament in Uruguay.
Today, soccer is a much evolving sport with almost 208 national teams acknowledged by Federation Internationale de Football Association. Aside from that, there are thousands of club teams that compete with each other in numerous cups and leagues for global domination. For many people, this sport has become a favorite across the world, which helps individuals and nations to gather as they applaud their teams away for the hope of bringing home the highest trophy.
The future of soccer has many rooms for developments and grows interest elsewhere.