1991 FIFA World Youth Championship

The 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship was the eighth staging of the FIFA World Youth Championship, an international football competition organized by FIFA for men's youth national teams, and the eighth since it was established in 1977 as the FIFA World Youth Tournament. The final tournament took place for the first time in Portugal, between 14 and 30 June 1991. Matches were played across five venues in as many cities: Faro, Braga, Guimarães, Porto and Lisbon. Nigeria originally won the bid to host but was stripped of its right after found guilty for committing age fabrication.[1]

1991 FIFA World Youth Championship
Campeonato Mundial de Júniores
Portugal '91
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Dates14–30 June
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Portugal (2nd title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Soviet Union
Fourth place Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored82 (2.56 per match)
Attendance731,500 (22,859 per match)
Top scorer(s) Sergey Shcherbakov
(5 goals)
Best player(s) Emílio Peixe
Fair play award Soviet Union

North Korea and South Korea competed for the first time as a united team, although FIFA attributes its historical data to South Korea.[2] Portugal entered the competition as the defending champions, after winning the previous tournament. They reached the final, where a record attendance of 127,000 witnessed the hosts defeat Portuguese-speaking rival Brazil 4–2 on penalties to secure their second consecutive title. The Soviet Union made its last ever FIFA tournament appearance, the country was dissolved later that year.

Qualification

In addition to the host team, Portugal, 15 other national teams qualified from six continental tournaments.

Confederation Qualifying tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 1990 AFC Youth Championship South Korea
 Syria
CAF (Africa) 1991 African Youth Championship  Ivory Coast
 Egypt
CONCACAF (North, Central America & Caribbean) 1990 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament  Mexico
 Trinidad and Tobago1
CONMEBOL (South America) 1991 South American Youth Championship  Argentina
 Brazil
 Uruguay
OFC (Oceania) 1990 OFC U-20 Championship  Australia
UEFA (Europe) Host nation  Portugal
1990 UEFA European Under-18 Championship  England
 Republic of Ireland
 Soviet Union
 Spain
 Sweden1
1.^ Teams that made their debut.

Match officials

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1991 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 6330060+6Advanced to the quarter-finals
Korea 33111220
 Republic of Ireland 23021352
 Argentina 13012264
Portugal 2–0 Republic of Ireland
Pinto  17'
Capucho  78'
Report
Attendance: 65,000

Argentina 0–1 Korea
Report In-Chol  88'
Attendance: 2,000

Republic of Ireland 1–1 Korea
McCarthy  58' Report Chol  89'
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Robert Sawtell (Canada)

Portugal 3–0 Argentina
Gil  56'
Torres  80'
Toni  86'
Report
Attendance: 60,000

Republic of Ireland 2–2 Argentina
O'Connor  9'
Gallagher  63'
Report Delgado  55'
Molina  57' (pen.)
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Raúl Domínguez (United States)

Portugal 1–0 Korea
Torres  42' Report
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Enrique Marín Gallo (Chile)

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Brazil 5321063+3Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Mexico 4312063+3
 Sweden 23102462
 Ivory Coast 13012374
Mexico 3–0 Sweden
Hernández  20'
Pineda  51'
Álvarez Arcos  64'
Report
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Kiichiro Tachi (Japan)

Brazil 2–1 Ivory Coast
Andrei  29'
Luíz Fernando  79'
Report Tiehi  48'
Attendance: 8,000

Brazil 2–2 Mexico
Nunes  18'
Luíz Fernando  45'
Report Pineda  57', 67'

Ivory Coast 1–4 Sweden
Mambo  64' (pen.) Report Rödlund  13'
Bild  23', 46'
Andersson  87'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: João Martins Pinto Correia (Portugal)

Ivory Coast 1–1 Mexico
Seri  79' Report Pineda  83'

Brazil 2–0 Sweden
Nunes  29'
Élber  78'
Report
Attendance: 4,000

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Australia 6330040+4Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Soviet Union 4320151+4
 Egypt 2310262+4
 Trinidad and Tobago 0300301212
Trinidad and Tobago 0–2 Australia
Report Okon  52'
Seal  76'

Egypt 0–1 Soviet Union
Report Scherbakov  6'
Attendance: 5,680
Referee: Juan Pablo Escobar López (Guatemala)

Trinidad and Tobago 0–6 Egypt
Report Hussein  8'
Sadek  24'
Ismail  36'
Sakr  60'
El-Sheshini  79'
Abdel Aziz  82'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Wei Jihong (China)

Australia 1–0 Soviet Union
Maloney  21' Report

Australia 1–0 Egypt
Trajanovski  43' Report

Trinidad and Tobago 0–4 Soviet Union
Report Pokhlebayev  9'
Konovalov  15'
Mikhailenko  22'
Scherbakov  35'
Attendance: 8,800
Referee: Idrissa Sarr (Mauritania)

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Spain 5321070+7Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Syria 4312043+1
 England 23021341
 Uruguay 13012077
England 0–1 Spain
Report Pier  84'
Attendance: 11,500

Syria 1–0 Uruguay
Ramadan  57' Report
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Alhagi Faye (Gambia)

Spain 6–0 Uruguay
Pier  10' (pen.), 34'
Urzáiz  22', 75', 80' (pen.)
Mauricio  36'
Report
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: Daniel Roduit (Switzerland)

England 3–3 Syria
Allen  12'
Awford  69', 84'
Report Ramadan  18'
Awad  27'
Helou  65'
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: John McConnell (Australia)

Spain 0–0 Syria
Report

England 0–0 Uruguay
Report
Attendance: 5,000

Knockout stage

Bracket

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
June 22 – Lisbon
 
 
 Portugal (a.e.t.)2
 
June 26 – Lisbon
 
 Mexico1
 
 Portugal1
 
June 23 – Braga
 
 Australia0
 
 Australia (p)1 (5)
 
June 29 – Lisbon
 
 Syria1 (4)
 
 Portugal (p)0 (4)
 
June 22 – Porto
 
 Brazil0 (2)
 
 Brazil5
 
June 26 – Guimarães
 
Korea1
 
 Brazil3
 
July 23 – Faro
 
 Soviet Union0 Third place
 
 Spain1
 
June 29 – Porto
 
 Soviet Union3
 
 Australia1 (4)
 
 
 Soviet Union (p)1 (5)
 

Quarter-finals

Portugal 2–1 (a.e.t.) Mexico
Torres  3' (pen.)
Toni  101'
Report Mendoza  35'
Attendance: 90,000

Brazil 5–1 Korea
Marquinhos  15'
Élber  41', 67'
Djair  47', 53'
Report Chol  40'
Attendance: 25,000


Spain 1–3 Soviet Union
Urzáiz  85' Report Scherbakov  35', 64'
Mandreko  80'

Semi-finals

Brazil 3–0 Soviet Union
Marquinhos  15'
Castro  18'
Élber  32'
Report

Portugal 1–0 Australia
Rui Costa  31' Report
Attendance: 112,000

Third place play-off

Final

 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship Winners 

Portugal
Second title

Awards

Golden Shoe Golden Ball Fair Play Award
Serhiy Scherbakov Emílio Peixe  Soviet Union

Goalscorers

Serhiy Scherbakov of Soviet Union won the Golden Shoe award for scoring five goals. In total, 82 goals were scored by 54 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Portugal 651091+811
2  Brazil 6420144+1010
3  Soviet Union 631296+37
4  Australia 632163+38
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Spain 421183+55
6  Syria 413054+15
7  Mexico 412175+24
8 Korea 411237–43
Eliminated at the group stage
9  Egypt 310262+42
10  Sweden 310246–22
11  England 302134–12
12  Republic of Ireland 302135–22
13  Ivory Coast 301237–41
14  Argentina 301226–41
15  Uruguay 301207–71
16  Trinidad and Tobago 3003012–120

References

  1. "After The Eaglets Have Landed". NigeriaVillageSquare.com. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  2. "FIFA World Youth Championship Portugal 1991 – Teams". FIFA. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
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