1977 FIFA World Youth Championship

The 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship was the inaugural staging of the FIFA World Youth Championship and was held in Tunisia from 27 June to 10 July 1977. The tournament took place in three venues — Tunis, Sousse and Sfax — where a total of 28 matches were played, the smallest number in its history. The winner was the USSR, who beat Mexico in a penalty shootout, in the final held at Tunis's Stade El Menzah.

1977 FIFA World Youth Championship
بطولة العالم للشباب لكرة القدم 1977
Tournament details
Host countryTunisia
Dates27 June – 10 July
Teams16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)4 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (1st title)
Runners-up Mexico
Third place Brazil
Fourth place Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played28
Goals scored70 (2.5 per match)
Top scorer(s) Guina (4 goals)
Best player(s) Vladimir Bessonov
Fair play award Brazil

The Tournament Committee was chaired by FIFA Vice-President Harry Cavan, who had spearheaded the creation of the World Youth Championship.

Qualification

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 1977 AFC Youth Championship  Iran
 Iraq
CAF (Africa) Host nation  Tunisia
1977 African U-21 Qualifying for World Cup  Ivory Coast
 Morocco
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
1976 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament  Honduras
 Mexico
CONMEBOL (South America) 1977 South American Youth Championship  Brazil
 Paraguay
 Uruguay
UEFA (Europe) 1976 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship  Austria
 France
 Hungary
 Italy
 Soviet Union
 Spain

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship squads

Venues

Tunis Tunis
Stade El MenzahStade Chedli Zouiten
Capacity: 45,000Capacity: 18,000
SousseSfax
Stade Olympique de SousseStade Ameur El-Gargouri
Capacity: 10,000Capacity: 4,000

Group stage

The group winners advanced directly to the semifinals.

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Mexico 4312082+6Advanced to the semifinals
 Spain 33111330
 France 33111330
 Tunisia 23102176
France 1 2 Spain
Bacconnier  75' (Report) [1] Escobar  29'
Casas  60'
Referee: Orhan Cebe (Turkey)

Mexico 6 0 Tunisia
Manzo  46, 47'
Placencia  48, 69, 72'
Garduno  56'
(Report)
Referee: Farouk Bouzo (Syria)

Spain 1 1 Mexico
Escobar  46' (Report) Rodríguez  73'

Tunisia 0 1 France
(Report) Meyer  20'
Referee: Arturo Andrés Ithurralde (Argentina)

France 1 1 Mexico
Wiss  64' (Report) Moses  70'
Referee: Gianfranco Menegali (Italy)

Spain 0 1 Tunisia
(Report) Ben Fattoum  52'

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Uruguay 6330061+5Advanced to the semifinals
 Honduras 4320131+2
 Hungary 23102341
 Morocco 03003066
Morocco 0 1 Honduras
(Report) Norales  46'
Referee: Gerard Racine (Switzerland)

Uruguay 2 1 Hungary
Diogo  15'
Bica  25' (pen.)
(Report) Péter  17'
Referee: Gianfranco Menegali (Italy)

Honduras 0 1 Uruguay
(Report) Nadal  29'
Referee: Birame N'Diaye (Senegal)

Hungary 2 0 Morocco
Kerekes  26'
Nagy  56'
(Report)

Hungary 0 2 Honduras
(Report) Yearwood  7'
Duarte  30'
Referee: Sahar El Hawary (Egypt)

Uruguay 3 0 Morocco
Nadal  36'
Enrique  44'
Ramos  51'
(Report)
Referee: Farouk Bouzo (Syria)

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Brazil 5321082+6Advanced to the semifinals
 Iran 33111451
 Italy 23021132
 Ivory Coast 23021253
Italy 1 1 Ivory Coast
Capuzzo  11' (Report) Kouassi  77'
Referee: Emmanuel Platopoulos (Greece)

Brazil 5 1 Iran
Guina  22, 29, 39'
Paulo Roberto  37'
Júnior Brasília  52'
(Report) Rajabi  55'

Iran 0 0 Italy
(Report)
Referee: Lajos Somlai (Hungary)

Ivory Coast 1 1 Brazil
Ya Semon  46' (Report) Cléber  89'
Referee: Mohamed Kadri (Tunisia)

Iran 3 0 Ivory Coast
Asheri  31, 87'
Barzegar  80'
(Report)
Referee: Salem Mahmud Adal (Syria)

Brazil 2 0 Italy
Guina  11'
Paulinho  48'
(Report)
Referee: Dusan Maksimovic (Yugoslavia)

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Soviet Union 5321052+3Advanced to the semifinals
 Paraguay 4320162+4
 Iraq 23102682
 Austria 13012165
Soviet Union 3 1 Iraq
Petrakov  19, 23'
Bal  39'
(Report) Munshid  77'
Referee: Ángel Franco Martínez (Spain)

Austria 0 1 Paraguay
(Report) Morel  62'
Referee: Zoubir Benganif (Algeria)

Iraq 5 1 Austria
Munshid  30'
Hussain  34, 38, 90+3' [3]
Hammadi  90+4' [3]
(Report) Weiss  28'

Paraguay 1 2 Soviet Union
Battaglia  38' (Report) Khidiyatullin  29'
Bessonov  59'

Paraguay 4 0 Iraq
Salmaniego  26'
López  30, 68'
Giménez  67'
(Report)
Referee: Ángel Franco Martínez (Spain)

Austria 0 0 Soviet Union
(Report)
Referee: Mohamed Larache (Morocco)

Knockout stage

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
6 July - Tunis
 
 
 Mexico (pen.)1 (5)
 
10 July - Tunis
 
 Brazil1 (3)
 
 Mexico2 (8)
 
6 July - Tunis
 
 Soviet Union (pen.)2 (9)
 
 Uruguay0 (3)
 
 
 Soviet Union (pen.)0 (4)
 
Third place
 
 
9 July - Tunis
 
 
 Brazil4
 
 
 Uruguay0

Semifinals

Mexico 1 1 (a.e.t.) Brazil
Rergis  53' (Report) Jorge Luís  59'
Penalties
5–3
Referee: Ángel Franco Martínez (Spain)

Uruguay 0 0 (a.e.t.) Soviet Union
(Report)
Penalties
3–4
Referee: Gianfranco Menegali (Italy)

Third place play-off

Brazil 4 0 Uruguay
Cléber  13'
Paulo Roberto  30'
Paulinho  53'
Tião  69'
(Report)
Referee: Farouk Bouzo (Syria)

Final

Mexico 2 2 (a.e.t.)
(8-9 pen.)
 Soviet Union
Garduno  50'
Manzo  58'
(Report)[5] Bessonov  43, 54'
Attendance: 22,000

Result

 FIFA World Youth Championship 1977 Winners 

Soviet Union
First title

Awards

Golden Shoe Golden Ball Fair Play Award
Guina Vladimir Bessonov  Brazil

Goalscorers

Guina of Brazil won the Golden Shoe award for scoring four goals. In total, 70 goals were scored by 49 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Soviet Union 523074+37
2  Mexico 5140115+66
3  Brazil 5320133+108
4  Uruguay 531165+17
Eliminated in the group stage
5  Paraguay 320162+44
6  Honduras 320131+24
7  Spain 31113303
7  France 31113303
9  Iran 311145–13
10  Hungary 310234–12
11  Iraq 310268–22
12  Italy 302113–22
13  Ivory Coast 302125–32
14  Tunisia 310217–62
15  Austria 301216–51
16  Morocco 300306–60

Notes

  1. The official FIFA match report indicates that the first half finished 1:0 for France, but this contradicts the data on the scoring.
  2. The FIFA match report states "Russia" here, which is an anachronism.
  3. The official FIFA report accounts no minute for this goal.
  4. The FIFA match report anachronistically states Eritrea.
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjaN93fo8VU This video in 43:21 gives a view of the scoreboard at the end of regulation, different of what appears at FIFA report of the match in its website. Also, playing time in this tournament were 2 periods of 40 minutes
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