1989 FIFA World Youth Championship

The 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship took place in Saudi Arabia between 16 February and 3 March 1989. The 1989 championship was the 7th contested. The tournament took place across four cities: Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and Ta'if.

1989 FIFA World Youth Championship
1989 بطولة العالم للشباب لكرة القدم
Tournament details
Host countrySaudi Arabia
Dates16 February – 3 March
Teams16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Portugal (1st title)
Runners-up Nigeria
Third place Brazil
Fourth place United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored81 (2.53 per match)
Attendance643,815 (20,119 per match)
Top scorer(s) Oleg Salenko (5 goals)
Best player(s) Bismarck
Fair play award United States

Qualification

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) Host nation  Saudi Arabia
1988 AFC Youth Championship  Iraq
 Syria1
CAF (Africa) 1989 African Youth Championship  Mali1
 Nigeria
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
1988 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament  Costa Rica1
 United States2
CONMEBOL (South America) 1988 South American Youth Championship  Argentina
 Brazil
 Colombia
UEFA (Europe) 1988 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship  Czechoslovakia
 East Germany
 Norway1
 Portugal
 Soviet Union
 Spain
1.^ Teams that made their debut.
2.^ Replaced  Mexico, who was disqualified from the tournament due to the Cachirules scandal.

Match officials

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship squads

Group Stages

The 16 teams were split into four groups of four teams. Four group winners, and four second-place finishers qualify for the knockout round.

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Portugal 43201231Advanced to the quarter finals
 Nigeria 33111330
 Czechoslovakia 33111220
 Saudi Arabia 2310243+1
Saudi Arabia 12 Nigeria
Al Suraiti 16’ (Report) Adepoju 52’
Ohenhen 87’

Czechoslovakia 01 Portugal
(Report) Alves 88’

Saudi Arabia 01 Czechoslovakia
(Report) Látal 52’

Nigeria 01 Portugal
(Report) João Pinto 79’
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Egil Nervik (Norway)

Saudi Arabia 30 Portugal
Al Harbi 52’
Al Rowaihi 56’
Al Debaikhi 83’
(Report)

Nigeria 11 Czechoslovakia
Nwosu 72’ (Report) Látal 14’

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Soviet Union 6330072+5Advanced to the quarter finals
 Colombia 23102341
 Syria 23102462
 Costa Rica 23102242
Costa Rica 10 Colombia
González 88’ (Report)
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Al Nasir (Saudi Arabia)

Soviet Union 31 Syria
Tedeev 29’
Salenko 49’, 83’
(Report) Sibai 65’
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Juan Antonio Bava (Argentina)

Costa Rica 01 Soviet Union
(Report) Matveev 84’

Colombia 20 Syria
Muñoz 42’
Osorio 85’
(Report)
Attendance: 9,545
Referee: Kenneth Wallace (New Zealand)

Costa Rica 13 Syria
Brenes 80’ (Report) Helou 16’, 45’
Afash 30’

Colombia 13 Soviet Union
Muñoz 5’ (Report) Timoshenko 25’
Salenko 29’, 32’

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Brazil 63300101+9Advanced to the quarter finals
 United States 33111440
 East Germany 23102341
 Mali 13012198
Brazil 20 East Germany
Marcelo Henrique 35’
França 68’
(Report)
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Attendance: 35,000

Mali 11 United States
Nfaly 42’ (Report) Snow 11’
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Attendance: 35,000

Brazil 50 Mali
Cássio 50’
Bismarck 53’, 83’
Sonny Anderson 66’, 80’
(Report)
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ahmed Mohammed Jassim (Bahrain)

East Germany 02 United States
(Report) Dayak 47’
Snow 87’ (pen.)
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Idrissa Sarr (Mauritania)

Brazil 31 United States
Bismarck 39’
Marcelo Henrique 44’
Sonny Anderson 55’
(Report) Dayak 10’
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Attendance: 25,000

East Germany 30 Mali
Prausse 28’
Fuchs 46’
Jahnig 55’
(Report)
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: José Carlos Ortiz (Colombia)

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Iraq 6330040+4Advanced to the quarter finals
 Argentina 23102330
 Norway 23102451
 Spain 23102473
Norway 01 Iraq
(Report) Saddam 66’
Attendance: 14,000

Argentina 12 Spain
Simeone 12’ (Report) Moisés 26’
Villabona 58' (pen.)
Attendance: 14,000

Norway 02 Argentina
(Report) Biazotti 5’
Ubaldi 89’

Iraq 20 Spain
Kareem 41’
Hussein 51’
(Report)
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: Chen Shengcai (China)

Norway 42 Spain
Drillestad 43’
Johansen 47’
Bohinen 58’
Mellemstrand 90’
(Report) Pinilla 46’, 49’
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)

Iraq 10 Argentina
Shenaishil 67’ (pen.) (Report)
Attendance: 17,000

Knockout stages

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
February 25 - Riyadh
 
 
 Portugal 1
 
February 28 - Riyadh
 
 Colombia0
 
 Portugal1
 
February 25 - Jeddah
 
 Brazil0
 
 Brazil1
 
March 3 - Riyadh
 
 Argentina0
 
 Portugal2
 
February 25 - Dammam
 
 Nigeria0
 
 Soviet Union 4 (3)
 
February 28 - Jeddah
 
 Nigeria (pen.)4 (5)
 
 Nigeria (aet)2
 
February 25 - Taif
 
 United States1 Third place
 
 Iraq1
 
March 3 - Riyadh
 
 United States2
 
 Brazil2
 
 
 United States 0
 

Quarterfinals

Portugal 10 Colombia
Jorge Couto 40’ (Report)

Soviet Union 44 (a.e.t.) Nigeria
Kiriakov 30’, 58’
Tedeev 45’
Salenko 46’
(Report) Ohenhen 61’, 75’
Elijah 83’
Ugbade 84’
Penalties
Salenko
Bezhenar
Qosimov
Benko
3–5 Ohen
Ogaba
Onyemachara
Adepoju
Elijah

Brazil 10 Argentina
Marcelo Henrique 15’ (Report)
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Tullio Lanese (Italy)

Iraq 12 United States
Kareem 35’ (Report) Henderson 17’
Brose 56’

Semifinals

Portugal 10 Brazil
Amaral 68' (Report)

Nigeria 21 (a.e.t.) United States
Adepoju 47', 93' (Report) Snow 52' (pen.)
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Attendance: 40,000

Third place play-off

Brazil 20 United States
Franca 65'
Leonardo 69'
(Report)

Final

Portugal 20 Nigeria
Abel Silva 44'
Jorge Couto 76'
(Report)

Result

 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship Winners 

Portugal
First title

Awards

Golden Shoe Golden Ball FIFA Fair Play Award
Oleg Salenko Bismarck  United States

Goalscorers

Oleg Salenko of Soviet Union won the Golden Shoe award for scoring five goals. In total, 81 goals were scored by 55 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Portugal 650163+310
2  Nigeria 6222910–16
3  Brazil 6501132+1110
4  United States 621379–25
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Soviet Union 4310116+57
6  Iraq 430152+36
7  Argentina 410334–14
8  Colombia 410335–24
Eliminated at the group stage
9  Czechoslovakia 31112203
10  Saudi Arabia 310243+12
11  Norway 310245–12
12  East Germany 310234–12
13  Syria 310246–22
14  Costa Rica 310224–22
15  Spain 310247–32
16  Mali 301219–81

Notes

  1. The FIFA states "Russia" here, which is an anachronism.
  2. Actually Slovakia, as the FIFA anachronistically reports.
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