FIFA U-17 World cup 2017 Facts
India organizes it’s first ever FIFA world cup after 70 years of Independence from colonial rule. Here, I’ve shortlisted “29 facts you must know about FIFA U-17 World cup 2017″ to help you out. So, go though it and give your valuable comments about it.
First FIFA U-17 World cup in India
India is the 5th Asian Country to organize a FIFA U-17 World cup after China (1985) , Japan (1993) , Korea Republic (2007) and United Arab Emirates (2013) . India is also the 18th Asian Country to participate in this competition .
6 ancient playing nations
Brazil , Mexico , U.S.A , Germany , Guinea and Costa Rica are the only six nations in this World cup which also took part in the inaugural edition of the FIFA U-17 World cup tournament which China hosted in 1985
History appreciates History
Family of Shibdas Bhaduri recieved the first ticket of FIFA U-17 World cup from Carlos Puyol . Bhaduri was the captain of Mohun Bagan team that won the IFA Shield in 1911 .
Old and New
Iraq and Japan was the first two teams to qualify for this FIFA U-17 World cup tournament, where as Niger and Mali was the last 2 teams .
24 teams Game
From 1985-2005 , 16 countries participated ; 4 groups were made including 4 teams each. However, from 2007 , the championship started with 24 countries , 6 groups containing 4 teams each
USA and Brazil hold the record of highest numbers of appearance in this competition , 16 times.
Tough Luck Nigeria
Nigeria is the most successful country in the history of FIFA U-17 World cup . They became champion 5 times (1985 , 1993 , 2007 , 2013 , 2015) . And, they also became runner-up 3 times (1987 , 2001 , 2009) . They have also received fair-play award record 4 times (1993 , 2001 , 2009 , 2013) . Unfortunately they cannot play in this championship because they couldn’t qualify .
Number of debuting in this competition – Niger , New Caledonia and India itself .
Maximum New Appearances
Excluding the first edition of this FIFA U-17 World cup competition , highest number of debuting teams were 7 , in the year of 1987 , 1989 and 2007
The Era of Ghana
Ghana is the only country to reach the final 4 times in a row (1991 , 1993 , 1995 , 1997). They won it 2 times , in 1991 and 1993
Most Goals in FIFA U-17 World cup
Before the starting of this championship in India , only Brazil and Nigeria scored more than 100 goals in this FIFA U-17 World cup competition , 166 and 149 respectively .
Best of The Rests
Brazil and Nigeria are the only 2 countries which have successfully defended their titles . Then Brazil won it back-to-back in 1997 (Egypt) and 1999 (New Zealand) ; Whereas Nigeria won it back-to-back in 2013 (UAE) and 2015 (Chile) .
Neighbors Yet Rivals
Only twice, teams from same confederation faced in the final : First , Ghana faced Nigeria in 1993 & second, Nigeria met Mali in 2015
Defense is the Attack
From 1987 to 1993, Nigeria spent 830 minutes on the field without conceding a single goal , longest in the history of U-17 world cup .
Try Hard Iraq
Iraq is the only team which has not won a single match yet in this tournament .
Humiliated Defeats in FIFA U-17 World cup
New Zealand has faced some of the worst defeats in the history of this tournament . In FIFA U-17 World cup 1997 Spain beat them in 13-0 . Again, in 2007, Brazil defeated them in 7-0. In 2011 , Japan also beat them in 6-0 . Again in 2013 , they were defeated by Uruguay in 7-0 .
History Makers in FIFA U-17 World cup
Among the 22 associations that have qualified just once for the tournament , Only Soviet union (1987) and Switzerland (2009) won the title at their first attempts .
Longest winning streak
Longest winning streak in FIFA U-17 World cup is 7 matches , Mexico , Nigeria , Switzerland and Brazil hold that record .
In the History of FIFA U-17 World cup , Guinea was the first to win a penalty shootout , beating Australia in 1985 in the quarter-final .
Highest scoring penalty shootout was held in 2013 quarter-final between Mexico and Brazil . At the end the result of the penalty shootout was 11-10 , in favor of Mexico .
Most Number of Goals
Most goals scored in a single tournament of FIFA U-17 World cup : 2013 edition , hosted by U.A.E .172 goals scored in 52 matches , on average 3.31 goals/match .
First Goal of FIFA U-17 World cup
The first player to score in FIFA U-17 World cup was Bismarck of Brazil .
Only 12 players have played FIFA U-17 World cup and FIFA World cup for their country.
(i)Out of these 12 players , Iker Cassilas is the only one to win FIFA world cup as a captain .
(ii) Mario Götze , Emanuel Petit and Andres Iniesta are only 3 players to score in FIFA World cup final .
(iii)Ronaldinho is the only player to win both FIFA U-17 world cup and FIFA world cup .
Chaki Ben Saada (Played U-17 for France , FIFA World cup for Tunisia)
Neven Subotic ( Played U-17 for USA , FIFA World cup for Serbia )
Victor Moses (Played U-17 for England , FIFA world cup for Nigeria)
Tommy Smith (Played U-17 for England , FIFA world cup for New Zealand)
Hasan Yebda (Played U-17 for France , FIFA world cup for Algeria)
First ever Golden Boot
Florent Pongolle of France was the first ever to win Golden boot as well as Golder ball in an U-17 World cup tournament in 2001 .
Soulamane Coulibaly (Ivory Coast) , Florent Pongolle (France) and Marcel Witczek (Germany) are the only 3 players to score 2 hat-tricks in a FIFA U-17 World cup tournament .
Consistency is the key
Freddy Adu of USA is the only player to score a hat-trick in FIFA U-17 World cup in 2003 , followed by another hat-trick in FIFA U-20 world cup in 2007 .
4 players from Nigeria (highest among countries) won golden ball : Phillip Osundo (1985) , Sani Emmanuel (2009) , Kelachi Iheanacho (2013) , Kelachi Nwakali (2015)
Those who love Football
Record Number of attendance was seen in 2011 Final between Mexico and Uruguay , number of people attended was 98943 .
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