1985 FIFA World Youth Championship

The 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship, the fifth edition of the FIFA World Youth Championship, was held in the Soviet Union (USSR) from 24 August to 7 September 1985. The tournament took place in ten venues within eight host cities — Baku, Yerevan, Leningrad, Minsk (2 stadiums), Moscow, Hoktemberyan, Tbilisi (2 stadiums) and Sumqayit — where a total of 32 matches were played. The winner was Brazil, which managed to retain the title, by beating Spain by 1–0, in the final played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

1985 FIFA World Youth Championship
Кубок ФИФА Кока-Кола 1985
Tournament details
Host countrySoviet Union
Dates24 August – 7 September
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)10 (in 8 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (2nd title)
Runners-up Spain
Third place Nigeria
Fourth place Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored80 (2.5 per match)
Attendance657,800 (20,556 per match)
Top scorer(s) Gérson
Balalo
Müller
Sebastián Losada
Fernando Gómez
Monday Odiaka
Alberto García Aspe
(3 goals)
Best player(s) Paulo Silas
Fair play award Colombia

Venues

10 different stadiums were used during the championship in 8 host cities, divided among 5 Soviet republics: Armenian SSR (2 venues in 2 host cities), Azerbaijan SSR (2 venues in 2 host cities), Byelorussian SSR (2 venues in 1 host city), Georgian SSR (2 venues in 1 host city), and Russian SFSR (2 venues in 2 host cities).

Moscow Leningrad Tbilisi
Central Lenin Stadium Kirov Stadium Lenin Dinamo Stadium Lokomotivi Stadium
Capacity: 103,000 Capacity: 72,000 Capacity: 74,354 Capacity: 36,000
Minsk
Dinamo Stadium Traktor Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 17,600
Yerevan Hoktemberyan Baku Sumqayit
Hrazdan Stadium Yubileynyi Stadium Vladimir Lenin Stadium Mehdi Huseynzade Stadium
Capacity: 70,000 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 15,500

Qualification

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 1985 AFC Youth Championship  China PR
 Saudi Arabia1
CAF (Africa) 1985 African Youth Championship  Nigeria
 Tunisia
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
1984 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament  Canada
 Mexico
CONMEBOL (South America) 1985 South American Youth Championship  Brazil
 Colombia1
 Paraguay
OFC (Oceania) 1985 OFC U-20 Championship  Australia
UEFA (Europe) Host nation  Soviet Union
1984 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship  Bulgaria1
 England
 Hungary
 Republic of Ireland1
 Spain
1.^ Teams that made their debut.

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship squads

Group stage

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Bulgaria 4312042+2Advanced to the quarter finals
 Colombia[1] 4312054+1
 Hungary 4312054+1
 Tunisia 0300326–4
Hungary 2–2 Colombia
Pintér  59' (pen.)
Zsinka  85'
Report Pérez  88'
Rodríguez  89'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: George Sandoz (Switzerland)

Tunisia 0–2 Bulgaria
Report Mihtarski  32'
Penev  78'
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Joseph B. Worrall (England)

Hungary 2–1 Tunisia
Pintér  60' (pen.)
Fischer  87'
Report Touati  46'

Colombia 1–1 Bulgaria
Tréllez  74' Report Kalaydjiev  69'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Jassim Mandi Abdul-Rahman (Bahrain)

Colombia 2–1 Tunisia
Castaño  19'
Tréllez  68'
Report Abdelhak  76'
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Vladimir Kuznetsov (Soviet Union)[3]

Hungary 1–1 Bulgaria
Fischer  80' Report Kostadinov  57'
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Edgardo Codesal (Mexico)

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Brazil 6330051+4Advanced to the quarter finals
 Spain 33111440
 Saudi Arabia 33111110
 Republic of Ireland 0300337–4
Republic of Ireland 1–2 Brazil
Tuite  86' Report Balalo  20'
Dida  80'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Nouhoum Traore (Mali)

Saudi Arabia 0–0 Spain
Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Antonio Evangelista (Canada)

Republic of Ireland 0–1 Saudi Arabia
Report Al-Jam'an  54' (pen.)

Brazil 2–0 Spain
Luciano  50'
Balalo  65'
Report
Attendance: 20,000

Republic of Ireland 2–4 Spain
Mooney  51'
Kelch  56' (pen.)
Report Fernando  3', 61'
Losada  35', 85'

Brazil 1–0 Saudi Arabia
Müller  35' Report
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Yuriy Savchenko (Soviet Union)[3]

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Soviet Union 5321071+6Advanced to the quarter finals
 Nigeria 4320164+2
 Australia 2302123–1
 Canada 1301207–7
Soviet Union 0–0 Australia
Report
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Victoriano Sánchez Arminio (Spain)

Nigeria 2–0 Canada
Monday  1'
Siasia  78'
Report
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Luigi Agnolin (Italy)

Soviet Union 2–1 Nigeria
Khudozhilov  23' (pen.)
Chedia  41'
Report Anunobi  81'
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: José Ramiz Wright (Brazil)

Australia 0–0 Canada
Report
Attendance: 8,000

Soviet Union 5–0 Canada
Ketashvili  38'
Tatarchuk  39'
Ivanauskas  60'
Sklyarov  64' (pen.)
Kuzhlev  79'
Report
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Joël Quiniou (France)

Australia 2–3 Nigeria
Panagis  27'
Kalantzis  38' (pen.)
Report Adeleye  63'
Monday  78'
Anunobi  79'
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Shizuo Takada (Japan)

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Mexico 6330061+5Advanced to the quarter finals
 China PR 4320154+1
 Paraguay 1301236–3
 England 1301225–3
England 2–2 Paraguay
Wakenshaw  19'
Priest  31'
Report Cartaman  41'
Jara  74'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Laszlo Padar (Hungary)

China PR 1–3 Mexico
Gong Lei  68' Report Ambríz  19' (pen.)
García Aspe  30', 45'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: William K. Munro (New Zealand)

England 0–2 China PR
Report Gao Hongbo  76'
Gong Lei  89'

Paraguay 0–2 Mexico
Report Cruz  22'
García Aspe  70'

England 0–1 Mexico
Report Becerra  34'
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Hernán Silva (Chile)

Paraguay 1–2 China PR
Mereles  17' Report Song Lianyong  14'
Gao Hongbo  76'
Attendance: 15,500
Referee: David Syme (Scotland)[5]

Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
September 1 - Yerevan
 
 
 Bulgaria 1
 
September 4 - Moscow
 
 Spain2
 
 Spain (pen.)2 (4)
 
September 1 - Minsk
 
 Soviet Union2 (3)
 
 Soviet Union1
 
September 7 - Moscow
 
 China PR0
 
 Spain0
 
September 1 - Tbilisi
 
 Brazil (a.e.t.)1
 
 Brazil 6
 
September 4 - Leningrad
 
 Colombia0
 
 Brazil2
 
September 1 - Baku
 
 Nigeria0 Third place
 
 Mexico1
 
September 7 - Moscow
 
 Nigeria2
 
 Soviet Union0 (1)
 
 
 Nigeria (pen.)0 (3)
 

Quarterfinals

Bulgaria 1–2 Spain
Kostadinov  47' Report Marcelino  33'
Fernando  67' (pen.)
Attendance: 20,500
Referee: Joe Worrall (England)

Brazil 6–0 Colombia
Gérson  51', 69', 90''
Silas  54'
Dida  72'
Müller  81'
Report

Soviet Union 1–0 China PR
Kuzhlev  1' Report
Attendance: 40,000

Mexico 1–2 Nigeria
Medina  50' Report Igbinabaro  33'
Monday  35'

Semi-finals

Spain 2–2 (a.e.t.) Soviet Union
Losada  70'
Goikoetxea  120'
Report Khudozhilov  38' (pen.)
Ivanauskas  107'
Penalties
4–3
Attendance: 37,000
Referee: Hernán Silva (Chile)

Brazil 2–0 Nigeria
Müller  22'
Balalo  44'
Report
Attendance: 51,500
Referee: Joël Quiniou (France)

Third place play-off

Soviet Union 0–0 (a.e.t.) Nigeria
(Report)
Penalties
1–3
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Jassim Mandi Abdul-Rahman (Bahrain)

Final

Brazil 1–0 (a.e.t.) Spain
Henrique  92' Report
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: David Syme (Scotland) [5]

Result

 1985 World Youth Championship Winners 

Brazil
Second title

Awards

Golden Shoe Golden Ball FIFA Fair Play Award
Sebastián Losada Paulo Silas  Colombia

Goalscorers

Sebastián Losada of Spain won the Golden Shoe award for scoring three goals. In total, 80 goals were scored by 55 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Brazil 6600141+1312
2  Spain 62228806
3  Nigeria 631287+17
4  Soviet Union 6330103+79
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Mexico 430173+46
6  China PR 42025504
7  Bulgaria 412154+14
8  Colombia 4121510–54
Eliminated at the group stage
9  Hungary 312054+14
10  Saudi Arabia 31111103
11  Australia 302123–12
12  Paraguay 301236–31
13  England 301225–31
14  Canada 301207–71
15  Republic of Ireland 300337–40
16  Tunisia 300326–40

Notes

  1. Colombia advanced by drawing.
  2. The FIFA gives no reference as to which stadiums were used for the games all along the competition, except for the match Brazil v Nigeria, played in Kirov Stadium, Leningrad. The information has been retrieved from other sources.
  3. The FIFA states "Russia" here, which is an anachronism.
  4. Due to the FIFA not informing on the Stadiums of the competition, there's an inconsistency with the hour of these matches. Whether they were played at different venues, or at different hours in the same venues, is uncertain.
  5. FIFA acknowledges him first from Scotland and then from England.
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