FIFA U17 World Cup – Important Things to Know
1. For the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, the family of Shibdas Bhaduri received the first ticket of the tournament from Carlos Puyol. Bhaduri was the captain of the Mohun Bagan team that won the IFA Shield in 1911.
2. From 1985 to 2006, Australia was part of the Oceania Football Confederation but played in the Asian Football Confederation from 2007 onwards
3. The longest winning streak in U-17 World Cup is of 7 matches. Four teams share the record – Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria and Switzerland. Among those four, only Brazil and Mexico will feature in the 2017 edition of the tournament
4. If two or more players score the same number of goals, the winner of the Golden Boot, which is awarded to the player with the most goals at the end of the tournament, goes to the one with more number of assists.
5. The most attended match of U-17 World Cup remains the 2011 final between Mexico and Uruguay which was attended by 98,943 spectators at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
6. The most goals scored in a tournament was in the UAE in 2013 (172 goals in 52 matches, with an average of 3.31 goals per match).
7. Excluding the first edition of the tournament in 1985, the highest number of debutants was seven in 1987, 1989 and 2007.
8. In 1987, 1989, 1999 and 2007, the final was decided on penalties and on each occasion, a team from a different confederation came out on top. All other finals were decided in regular time.
9. The Colombian team is nicknamed “Los Cafeteros”, or the coffee-growers, the nickname hinting at their major production
10. A total of 12 players who have played in FIFA U-17 World Cup have also represented their country in a FIFA World Cup final.
11. Juan Santisteban coached Spain on seven separate occasions, but did not finish higher than second (1991 and 2003).
12. In the history of the U-17 World Cup, Guinea were the first team to win a penalty shoot-out (beating Australia in the 1985 quarter-finals).
13. From 1985 to 2005, the tournament featured 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams. Since 2007, the tournament was expanded to 24 teams.
14. The matches of FIFA U-17 World Cup follow the basic rules of football, with two halves of 45 minutes each. However, there is no extra time at the end of 90 minutes and all knockout matches directly proceed to a penalty shootout, if needed.
15. From 2017, OFC received an extra berth in the FIFA U-17 World Cup (two in all), while UEFA have only five spots instead of six. The rest of the confederations have four qualifying berths each
16. In the run up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Asian Football Confederation were the only confederation that hosted a U-16 championship for qualifying, the rest of the competitions were all U-17 qualifiers.
1. The first goal in the history of the tournament was scored by Brazilian footballer Bismarck, apparently named after the world famous politician Otto Von Bismarck.
2. Brazil’s Ronaldinho is the only player to win both the FIFA U-17 (1997) and the FIFA World Cup (2002) title.
3. Out of those who have played both the FIFA U-17 World Cup as well as the FIFA World Cup, Mario Gotze, Emanuel Petit and Andres Iniesta are the only three players to have scored in a FIFA World Cup final.
4. Mario Gotze who starred in the 2009 U-17 became the only substitute in World Cup history to score the winning goal in the world cup final.
5. With 18 cards under their belt, Gambia holds the record for the most number of cards earned in the U-17 World Cup.
6. Florent Sinama Pongolle of France was the first ever U-17 world cupper to win the Golden Boot as well as the Golden Ball in the year 2001.
7. In December 2015, Nigerian Samuel Chukwueze was retroactively awarded the Bronze boot award for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. Kelechi Nwakali had erroneously been awarded the award immediately following the tournament but as he had played more minutes (630) than Chukwueze (535) in the tournament the award was re-allocated
8. 14 year old Freddy Adu scored a hat trick in FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013 and followed it up with a hat trick in FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007 to become the first footballer to achieve a Hat-Trick at the World Cups of both age levels.
9. Out of those who have played both the FIFA U-17 World Cup as well as the FIFA World Cup, Iker Casillas is the only Footballer who has won FIFA World Cup as a captain (in 2010)
10. Chouki Ben Saada, Neven Subotic, Victor Moses, Tommy Smith and Hassan Yebda are some of the players who went on to play for a different team from the one they represented in the FIFA U-17 World Cup
11. Four Nigerians have won the Adidas Golden Ball award, the most for any country. They are Kelechi Nwakali (2015), Kelechi Iheanacho (2013), Sani Emmanuel (2009), Philip Osundo (1987)
12. Souleymane Coulibaly(Cote d’ Ivore), Florent Pongolle (France) and Marcel Witeczek (Germany) are the only three men to have scored two hat tricks in FIFA U-17 World Cup.
13. Frank Rost was the goalkeeper of the East German team that participated in the 1989 FIFA U-16 Championship. This would also be the last time “East Germany” would play under that name. Rost, however, was not the only sportsperson in his family. His father Peter won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in handball, and his mother Christina, also a handball player, won the silver at the 1976 Summer Olympics and bronze at the 1980 Games.
14. Marco Etcheverry, who represented Bolivia in the 1987 FIFA U-16 Championship, played a pivotal part in Bolivia’s qualification for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. However, in the opening game itself, he was sent off for infamously kicking Lothar Matthaus four minutes after appearing as a substitute. The subsequent suspension meant that Etcheverry played no further part in Bolivia’s tournament, as his team finished bottom of Group C
Team Performance Trivia
1. Apart from winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup a record 5 times, Nigeria also has won the FIFA Fair Play Award a record four times (1993, 2001, 2009 2013).
2. Two sides have netted over a century of goals in the U-17 World Cup, namely Brazil and Nigeria with 166 and 149 respectively. Spain are on 97 and could reach the 100 mark in India, along with Mexico (97), Germany (92) and Ghana (86)
3. Nigeria has gone the longest in the tournament’s history without conceding a goal. From the 1987 tournament to the World Cup of 1993, they spent 830 minutes on the field without conceding a single goal
4. Ghana reached the final four times in a row (1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997), winning twice (1991 and 1995).
5. Only Brazil and Nigeria have successfully defended their title: Brazil (1997 in Egypt and 1999 in New Zealand) and Nigeria (2013 in the UAE and 2015 in Chile).
6. Only twice have teams from the same confederation met in the final, with Ghana playing Nigeria in 1993, and Nigeria meeting Mali in 2015.
7. In the 2013 quarter-finals against Brazil, Mexico won the highest-scoring penalty shoot-out in the history of FIFA competitions. The end result was 11-10 to the Mexicans and 21 spot-kicks were scored from a total of 24 attempts, with the other three being saved.
8. Brazil, Germany, Mexico, USA, Guinea and Costa Rica are the only 6 nations in this world cup to have also participated in the inaugural edition of the tournament, when China hosted it in 1985.
9. Among the sides that have played at least ten matches in the U-17 World Cup, Mali have conceded the fewest average number of goals per match, with 0.61 based on a total of 11 goals shipped in 18 fixtures. Les Aiglonnets kept clean sheets in ten of their games.
10. Ghana’s return to the finals ten years after finishing fourth in Korea Republic 2007 is the longest break between appearances among the 24 sides competing in India.
1. New Zealand has been at the receiving end of some of the worst defeats in FIFA U-17 World Cup. They were beaten 13-0 by Spain in 1997, Brazil beat them 7-0 in 2007, Uruguay defeated them 7-0 in 2013 and Japan also defeated them 6-0 in 2011
2. Iraq is the only team in the tournament that hasn’t won a single U-17 World Cup game. Before this, the team played in the 2013 edition of the tournament and couldn’t win a single match
FIFA U17 World Cup Qualification Trivia
1. Three teams are making their debut in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 – Niger, New Caledonia as well as hosts India
2. This is the first time that two Oceanian sides have qualified for the competition, although the confederation also fielded two representatives at the 1999 edition, when Australia earned their place alongside automatic qualifiers and hosts New Zealand.
3. Iran and Japan were the first two teams to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 while Niger and Mali were the last two to gain qualification for the tournament in India
4. Tournament debutants Niger qualified for the tournament by defeating five time winners and defending champions Nigeria. After losing the away leg 1-0, Niger won the return match 3-1 in the second qualifying round of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations
5. Of the 22 associations that have qualified just once for the tournament, only Switzerland (2009) and the Soviet Union (1987) won the title at their first attempt
6. India are the 18th Asian team to take part in the U-17 World Cup. The last AFC representatives to make their tournament bow were Iraq in 2013.
7. More editions of the U-17 World Cup have been held in Asia than in any other continent. The campaign in India will be the fifth after those staged in China (1985), Japan (1993), Korea Republic (2007) and United Arab Emirates (2013).
8. USA are contesting their 16th U-17 World Cup and share the record for the most participations with Brazil
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