By Motin Yeung
They qualified by winning the UEFA U-21 European Championship. Starting off in a tough group with five-time winners Italy, two-time champions England, and 1994 runner-up Portugal, Sweden shocked the world by going all the way to claim the title of the championship.
It is no surprise that the winner of the last World Cup qualified for the Olympics, but Germany’s road to Rio was not as smooth as expected. They had a tough lost of 5-0 against Portugal in the semi-final, but fortunately they were able to qualify through finishing as the four best ranked teams of the UEFA Championship.
They qualified by placing themselves in the top four of the UEFA Championship. In the semi-final, they absolutely demolished the German team with 5-0 victory by dominating the midfield.
Denmark was able to place themselves in the top four of the UEFA Championship despite a defeat to the Germans in the early group stage. Although they lost to their Nordic rivals Sweden in the Semi-finals, they had a fantastic tournament by topping their group.
How to cite this page: “MENS – European teams”, Written by Motin Yeung (2016). Journey to Rio, Olympic Football 2016 Guide, Soccer Politics Blog, Duke University, http://sites.duke.edu/wcwp/tournament-guides/olympic-football-2016-guide/journey-to-rio-qualification-process-rules-for-2016-olympic-games/european-teams/ (accessed on (date)).
- FIFA website. Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 page. http://www.fifa.com/mensolympic/teams/