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FIFA UNDER 17 WORLD CUP
United Arab Emirates 2013
17 October to 8 November


Previous Tournaments:

MEXICO 2011
Winner: Mexico
Runners-Up: Uruguay
Third: Germany
Fourth: Brazil

Golden Ball: Julio GOMEZ (MEX) [Best player]
Golden Boot: Souleymane COULIBALY (CIV) [Top scorer]
Golden Glove: Jonathan CUBERO (URU) [Best goalkeeper]
FIFA Fair Play award: Japan

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NIGERIA 2009
Winner: Switzerland
Runners-Up: Nigeria
Third: Spain
Fourth: Colombia

Golden Ball: Sani EMMANUEL (NGA)
Golden Shoe: BORJA (ESP)
Golden Glove: Benjamin SIEGRIST (SUI)
FIFA Fair Play award: Nigeria

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SOUTH KOREA 2007
Winner: Nigeria
Runners-Up: Spain
Third: Germany
Fourth: Ghana

Golden Ball: Toni KROOS (GER)
Golden Shoe: Macauley CHRISANTUS (NGA)
FIFA Fair Play award: Costa Rica

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PERU 2005
Winner: Mexico
Runners-Up: Brazil
Third: Netherlands
Fourth: Turkey

Golden Ball: ANDERSON (BRA)
Golden Shoe: Carlos VELA (MEX)
FIFA Fair Play award: North Korea

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FINLAND 2003
Winner: Brazil
Runners-Up: Spain
Third: Argentina
Fourth: Colombia

Golden Ball: Cesc FABREGAS (ESP)
Golden Shoe: Cesc FABREGAS (ESP)
FIFA Fair Play award: Costa Rica

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 2001
Winner: France
Runners-Up: Nigeria
Third: Burkina Faso
Fourth: Argentina

Golden Ball: Florent SINAMA PONGOLLE (FRA)
Golden Shoe: Florent SINAMA PONGOLLE (FRA)
FIFA Fair Play award: Nigeria

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NEW ZEALAND 1999
Winner: Brazil
Runners-Up: Australia
Third: Ghana
Fourth: USA

Golden Ball: Landon DONOVAN (USA)
Golden Shoe: Ismael ADDO (GHA)
FIFA Fair Play award: Mexico

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EGYPT 1997
Winner: Brazil
Runners-Up: Ghana
Third: Spain
Fourth: Germany

Golden Ball: SERGIO (ESP)
Golden Shoe: DAVID (ESP)
FIFA Fair Play award: Argentina

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ECUADOR 1995
Winner: Ghana
Runners-Up: Brazil
Third: Argentina
Fourth: Oman

Golden Ball: Mohamed AL KATHIRI (OMA)
Golden Shoe: Daniel ALLSOPP (AUS)
FIFA Fair Play award: Brazil

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JAPAN 1993
Winner: Nigeria
Runners-Up: Ghana
Third: Chile
Fourth: Poland

Golden Ball: Daniel ADDO (GHA)
Golden Shoe: Wilson ORUMA (NGA)
FIFA Fair Play award: Nigeria

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ITALY 1991
Winner: Ghana
Runners-Up: Spain
Third: Argentina
Fourth: Qatar

Golden Ball: Nii Odartey LAMPTEY (GHA)
Golden Shoe: ADRIANO (BRA)
FIFA Fair Play award: Argentina

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SCOTLAND 1989
Winner: Saudi Arabia
Runners-Up: Scotland
Third: Portugal
Fourth: Bahrain

Golden Ball: James WILL (SCO)
Golden Shoe: Fode CAMARA (GUI)
FIFA Fair Play award: Bahrain

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CANADA 1987
Winner: Soviet Union
Runners-Up: Nigeria
Third: Côte d'Ivoire
Fourth: Italy

Golden Ball: Philip OSUNDO (NGA)
Golden Shoe: Moussa TRAORE (CIV)
FIFA Fair Play award: Soviet Union

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CHINA 1985
Winner: Nigeria
Runners-Up: West Germany
Third: Brazil
Fourth: Guinea

Golden Ball: WILLIAM (BRA)
Golden Shoe: Marcel WITECZEK (GER)
FIFA Fair Play award: West Germany


 

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FIFA UNDER 17 WORLD CUP
United Arab Emirates 2013
17 October to 8 November


GROUP A
17/10
Brazil 6-1 Slovakia
(Mosquito 17', 31' pen., 70', Nathan 45'+2', 51', Caio 56'; Vavro 68')

United Arab Emirates 1-2 Honduras
(Khalfan 33'; Medina 20', Velasquez 35')

Current standings
1 Brazil .......1G 1W 0D 0L 6-1 3P
2 Honduras ...1G 1W 0D 0L 2-1 3P
3 UAE ............1G 0W 0D 1L 1-2 0P
4 Slovakia ........1G 0W 0D 1L 1-6 0P

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GROUP B
17/10
Uruguay 7-0 New Zealand
(Mendez 3', Otormin 37', 63', Acosta 49', 57', Ospitaleche 75', Pizzichillo 89')

Côte d'Ivoire 0-1 Italy
(Vido 46')

Current standings
1 Uruguay .......1G 1W 0D 0L 7-0 3P
2 Italy ..............1G 1W 0D 0L 1-0 3P
3 Côte d'Ivoire .....1G 0W 0D 1L 0-1 0P
4 New Zealand .......1G 0W 0D 1L 0-7 0P

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GROUP C
18/10
Croatia 1-3 Morocco
(Muric 59'; Achahbar 27', 40', Jaadi 45')

Panama 0-2 Uzbekistan
(Abbasov 68', Ashurmatov 76')

Current standings
1 Morocco .......1G 1W 0D 0L 3-1 3P
2 Uzbekistan ......1G 1W 0D 0L 2-0 3P
3 Croatia .............1G 0W 0D 1L 1-3 0P
4 Panama ..............1G 0W 0D 1L 0-2 0P

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GROUP D
18/10
Tunisia 2-1 Venezuela
(Jbeli 25', Ben Larbi 47' pen.; Marquez 52')

Russia 0-1 Japan
(Uryu 15')

Current standings
1 Tunisia .......1G 1W 0D 0L 2-1 3P
2 Japan ...........1G 1W 0D 0L 1-0 3P
3 Venezuela .......1G 0W 0D 1L 1-2 0P
4 Russia ..............1G 0W 0D 1L 0-1 0P

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GROUP E
19/10
Canada 2-2 Austria
(Hamilton 53', Roubos 58'; Horvath 28', Zivotic 61')

Iran 1-1 Argentina
(Hashemi 1'; Driussi 15')

Current standings
1 Canada .......1G 0W 1D 0L 2-2 1P
1 Austria ..........1G 0W 1D 0L 2-2 1P
3 Iran ................1G 0W 1D 0L 1-1 1P
3 Argentina ...........1G 0W 1D 0L 1-1 1P

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GROUP F
19/10
Mexico 1-6 Nigeria
(Jaimes 39'; Iheanacho 31', 38', 49', 70', Nwakali 52', Isaac 60')

Iraq 1-4 Sweden
(Salam 54'; Engvall 36', 67', Saletros 72', Suljic 88')

Current standings
1 Nigeria .......1G 1W 0D 0L 6-1 3P
2 Sweden ........1G 1W 0D 0L 4-1 3P
3 Iraq ................1G 0W 0D 1L 1-4 0P
4 Mexico ...............1G 0W 0D 1L 1-6 0P

 

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Just finished watching Brazil-Slovakia and it was a very one-sided affair, as expected. The last U17 European Championships in Slovakia were pretty bad in terms of quality and a lot of teams went defensively. It didn't work for Slovakia today as they were completely destroyed by Brazil. The attacking line in Brazil stands out, there's no doubt about it. Nathan and Mosquito are the two go to players and the former was involved in pretty much every single goal up until he got subbed off. Reminds me a bit of Diego Ribas in terms of playing style, probably quicker at this age though. Mosquito's an impressive striker: pretty good at turning, scores once he gets his opportunities (even though he missed two today) and got a hattrick deservedly. Boschilia is obviously another attacking threat. Caio is a very interesting player who probably would've been a bit forgotten if he didn't score the fifth goal but he's a player who's very appreciated. Good in terms of finding spaces with his passing.

Abner looks a pretty solid player as well, though a bit clumpsy on the ball at times. Phyiscally a level above his opponents.

Marcos is the typical Brazilian goalline keeper but his distribution was very good. Good feet, without a doubt.

Slovakia were just horrible though. Their defensive planning was tragic to watch at times. Hromada did ok and he does look an interesting player but he had zero support.
 

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That tall CB they had just had the worst game he could possibly dream of, despite scoring. So terrible.

Danilo I thought was a standout in the midfield, he's a great 2-way player and seems to really improved athletically/physically from the U-15 in terms of defense - on offense he needs to polish his accuracy, but he has great close control and a very sharp mind as far as seeing a few steps ahead.

Auro if he grows in stature will be a very nice fullback - he came through the back door cause of an injury in the Sudamericano and doesn't look back since - I thought he had an impressive game on both sides of the pitch.. very sharp and instinctive defensively, although his size bothers him and he gambles too much(tho hardly leaves his feet) - and is tidy and composed on offense with good technical ability and speed.

Would have wanted more from Mosquito as far as going forward with the ball - I think he is capable, but he always seems to stop himself... on one hand it's great he knows his role - but on the other I think he has the ability to be more adventurous offensively with the ball.
He played exactly the same in the U-15 and the Sudamericano, but I hope he'll try to expand this area some.

Nathan gave a great show whenever he was on the ball, and gives resembles of Adryan from a few years ago - let's hope for his sake he continues to grow physically, but the kid is very talented.

The defense was hardly bothered but that CB Eduardo seemed like a real physical/athletic specimen, will be interesting to see how they do when challenged, but with his frame\speed it's hard to overlook the potential.
 

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A great afternoon for the two North African sides present in the tournament.

In Group C Morocco easily beat Croatia 3-1 and it could have been a much larger score.

In Group D in spite of playing almost one hour with one man down, Tunisia managed to beat Venezuela 2-1.
 

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Morocco finally doing the smart thing and sending for all the young promising kids across Europe early, and not losing them to the countries they grew up in.

Let's see if it helps them keep those guys at senior age aswell, when the time comes.
 

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I've just watched the first half of Russia vs Japan and it's no surprise that the Japanese are leading 1-0 as they dominated this first half completely. Great goal by the minuscule Uryu by the way.
 

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Japan beat Russia 1-0 and deservedly so. The Russians made an attempt to react in the beginning of the second half but Japan regained control of the match with their quick passing game.
 

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A great afternoon for the two North African sides present in the tournament.

In Group C Morocco easily beat Croatia 3-1 and it could have been a much larger score.

In Group D in spite of playing almost one hour with one man down, Tunisia managed to beat Venezuela 2-1.
Shocking really by Croatia considering this generation has been so hyped up and that this generation of players never lost a game until today.
 

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Mexico gets torn a new one by Nigeria 6-1.

Granados on the bench until late in the second? Maybe this coach has a plan I don't understand:palm:
 

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Just watched Sweden's debut in their first ever U17 World Cup finals and they did very well. 4-1 against a tricky Iraqi side. The Iraqis were actually better in the first half and Sweden was lucky to be 1-0 ahead but the second half was a one sided affair.

On the other group there was a big surprise: Iran held Argentina to a 1-1 draw.

After this first round of matches in all groups it looks like Brazil and Nigeria are the most in form teams.
 

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FIFA UNDER 17 WORLD CUP
United Arab Emirates 2013
17 October to 8 November


GROUP A
20/10
Slovakia 2-2 Honduras
(Vestenicky 48', 57'; Flores 20', Bodden 90'+2')

United Arab Emirates 1-6 Brazil
(Zayed 89'; Boschilia 10', 33', Nathan 41', 66', Joanderson 73', Barbosa 84')

Current standings
1 Brazil ......2G 2W 0D 0L 12-2 6P
2 Honduras ....2G 1W 1D 0L 4-3 4P
3 Slovakia ........2G 0W 1D 1L 3-8 1P
4 UAE ................2G 0W 0D 2L 2-8 0P

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GROUP B
20/10
Uruguay 1-1 Côte d'Ivoire
(Franco 90'+4'; Keita 17')

Italy 1-0 New Zealand
(Vido 48')

Current standings
1 Italy ............2G 2W 0D 0L 2-0 6P
2 Uruguay .........2G 1W 1D 0L 8-1 4P
3 Côte d'Ivoire .....2G 0W 1D 1L 1-2 1P
4 New Zealand .......2G 0W 0D 2L 0-8 0P

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GROUP C
21/10
Croatia 1-0 Panama
(Roguljic 26')

Uzbekistan 0-0 Morocco

Current standings
1 Morocco .......2G 1W 1D 0L 3-1 4P
2 Uzbekistan ......2G 1W 1D 0L 2-0 4P
3 Croatia .............2G 1W 0D 1L 2-3 3P
4 Panama ..............2G 0W 0D 2L 0-3 0P

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GROUP D
21/10
Tunisia 1-0 Russia
(Gabsi 61')

Japan 3-1 Venezuela
(Sugimoto 7', Watanabe 44', 78' pen.; Caraballo 17')

Current standings
1 Japan .......2G 2W 0D 0L 4-1 6P
2 Tunisia .......2G 2W 0D 0L 3-1 6P
3 Russia ..........2G 0W 0D 2L 0-2 0P
4 Venezuela .......2G 0W 0D 2L 2-5 0P

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GROUP E
22/10
Canada 1-1 Iran
(Hamilton 48'; Karimi 9')

Argentina 3-2 Austria
(Ibañez 42' Ferreyra 51', Suarez 88'; Zivotic 31', Pellegrini 79')

Current standings
1 Argentina ....2G 1W 1D 0L 4-3 4P
2 Canada .........2G 0W 2D 0L 3-3 2P
3 Iran ................2G 0W 2D 0L 2-2 2P
4 Austria ..............2G 0W 1D 1L 4-5 1P

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GROUP F
22/10
Mexico 3-1 Iraq
(Díaz 31', Almanza 41', Rivas 84'; Kareem 61')

Sweden 3-3 Nigeria
(Berisha 11', 19', Halvadzic 65'; Isaac 21', Yahaya 48', Awoniyi 81')

Current standings
1 Nigeria .......2G 1W 1D 0L 9-4 4P
2 Sweden ........2G 1W 1D 0L 7-4 4P
3 Mexico ...........2G 1W 0D 1L 4-7 3P
4 Iraq .................2G 0W 0D 2L 2-7 0P


 

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Mexico gets torn a new one by Nigeria 6-1.

Granados on the bench until late in the second? Maybe this coach has a plan I don't understand:palm:
Men against boys. Any 30 year old's playing?
 

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I wonder why the same is not said about the Brazilians. :rollani:
 

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Brazil serving the same 6-1 dish this time to the hosts UAE. I guess it's also a case of men vs boys.

On Group B Italy had a very mediocre game against New Zealand but they are already in the knockout stage with a second 1-0 win.
 

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Today's matches saw Tunisia and Japan securing a place in the knock-out stage in Group D. The Japanese, which were already impressive against Russia, were once again very good today against Venezuela. Definitely one of the best sides so far in the tournament. Russia on the other hand has been pitiful.
 
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