1997 FIFA World Youth Championship

The 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, known as the 1997 FIFA/Coca-Cola World Youth Championship for sponsorship purposes, was the 11th staging of the FIFA World Youth Championship. It was held from 16 June to 5 July 1997 in Malaysia. It was the first FIFA tournament hosted by a Southeast Asian country.

1997 FIFA World Youth Championship
Piala Dunia B-20 FIFA 1997
Piala Dunia Belia FIFA 1997
Tournament details
Host countryMalaysia
Dates16 June – 5 July
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Argentina (3rd title)
Runners-up Uruguay
Third place Republic of Ireland
Fourth place Ghana
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored165 (3.17 per match)
Attendance655,827 (12,612 per match)
Top scorer(s) Adaílton (10 goals)
Best player(s) Nicolás Olivera
Fair play award Argentina

Venues

Shah Alam Kuching Alor Setar
Shah Alam Stadium Sarawak Stadium Darul Aman Stadium
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 32,387
Kuantan Kangar Johor Bahru
Darul Makmur Stadium Tuanku Syed Putra Stadium Tan Sri Hassan Yunus Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 30,000

Qualification

The following 24 teams qualified for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship. Host Malaysia did not have to qualify for the tournament.

Confederation Qualifying tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) Host nation  Malaysia1
1996 AFC Youth Championship  China PR
 Japan
 South Korea
 United Arab Emirates1
CAF (Africa) 1997 African Youth Championship  Ivory Coast
 Ghana
 Morocco
 South Africa1
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
1996 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament  Canada
 Costa Rica
 Mexico
 United States
CONMEBOL (South America) 1997 South American Youth Championship  Argentina
 Brazil
 Paraguay
 Uruguay
OFC (Oceania) 1997 OFC U-20 Championship  Australia
UEFA (Europe) 1996 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship  Belgium1
 England
 France
 Hungary
 Republic of Ireland
 Spain
1.^ Teams that made their debut.

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship squads

Group stages

The 24 teams were split into six groups of four teams. Six group winners, six-second place finishers and the four best third place finishers qualify for the knockout round.

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Uruguay 7321061+5Advanced to the round of 16
 Morocco 5312042+2
 Belgium 43111440Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 Malaysia 0300329−7
Malaysia 1–3 Morocco
Safri 10' (o.g.) (Report) Sektioui 14'
Khamma 33'
El Barodi 93'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Gilles Veissière (France)

Uruguay 3–0 Belgium
Podestá 41'
Coelho 56', 79'
(Report)
Attendance: 2,000

Malaysia 1–3 Uruguay
Fadly 11' (Report) Zalayeta 24'
Haled 39' (o.g.)
López 77'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Gilles Veissière (France)

Morocco 1–1 Belgium
Termina 79' (Report) Van Handenhoven 60'
Attendance: 8,000

Malaysia 0–3 Belgium
(Report) Van Handenhoven 10', 30'
Remacle 83'
Attendance: 25,000

Morocco 0–0 Uruguay
(Report)
Attendance: 25,000

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Brazil 93300153+12Advanced to the round of 16
 France 6320187+1
 South Africa 1301226−4Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 South Korea 13012514−9
South Korea 0–0 South Africa
(Report)
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Georg Dardenne (Germany)

France 0–3 Brazil
(Report) Alex 5'
Adaílton 61'
Silvestre 90' (o.g.)
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Nik Ahmad Haji Yaakub (Malaysia)

South Korea 2–4 France
Park Jin-sub 54', 68' (pen.) (Report) Henry 1', 10'
Trezeguet 2', 52'
Attendance: 3,246

South Africa 0–2 Brazil
(Report) Adaílton 53', 57'
Attendance: 7,939
Referee: Georg Dardenne (Germany)

South Korea 3–10 Brazil
Lee Kwan-woo 56'
Chung Seok-keun 73'
Lee Jung-min 89'
(Report) Fernandão 19', 42'
Adaílton 30', 32' (pen.), 35' (pen.), 39', 63', 69'
Zé Elias[1] 68', 82'
Attendance: 9,576
Referee: Nik Ahmad Haji Yaakub (Malaysia)

South Africa 2–4 France
Hartley 42', 90' (Report) Trezeguet 22', 61'
Henry 83'
Luccin 89'
Attendance: 9,757

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Ghana 7321042+2Advanced to the round of 16
 Republic of Ireland 43111440
 United States 3310223−1Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 China PR 2302123−1
Ghana 2–1 Republic of Ireland
Gambo 27'
Mouktar 66'
(Report) Molloy 51'
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 5,100

China PR 0–1 United States
(Report) West 90'
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 9,769
Referee: Amand Ancion (Belgium)

Ghana 1–1 China PR
Appiah 74' (Report) Li Jinyu 43'
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: León Padro Borja (Mexico)

Republic of Ireland 2–1 United States
Cummins 6'
Corrales 25' (o.g.)
(Report) Flores 39' (pen.)
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Oscar Ruiz (Colombia)

Ghana 1–0 United States
Ofori-Quaye 32' (Report)
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)

Republic of Ireland 1–1 China PR
Cummins 21' (Report) Wang Peng 11'
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: José Luis da Rosa Varela (Uruguay)

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Spain 9330082+6Advanced to the round of 16
 Japan 43111107+3
 Paraguay 2302156−1Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 Costa Rica 13012311−8
Japan 1–2 Spain
Yanagisawa 65' (pen.) (Report) Farinós 23'
Angulo 56'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: José Luis da Rosa Varela (Uruguay)

Costa Rica 1–1 Paraguay
Bryce 45' (Report) Román 59'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)

Japan 6–2 Costa Rica
Ono 3', 22'
Nakamura 7'
Jojo 78'
Fukuda 93'
Nagai 95'
(Report) Ledezma 28'
Solís 59'
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: José Luis da Rosa Varela (Uruguay)

Spain 2–1 Paraguay
Deus 30', 78' (Report) Morinigo 65'
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)

Japan 3–3 Paraguay
Jojo 31'
Hiroyama 45'
Yanagisawa 62'
(Report) Cáceres 17'
Da Silva 38'
Samudio 67'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Abderrahim El Arjoun (Morocco)

Spain 4–0 Costa Rica
Rivera 3'
Albelda 23'
Farinós 24' (pen.)
Ribera 78'
(Report)
Attendance: 5,000

Group E

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Australia 7321053+2Advanced to the round of 16
 Argentina 6320185+3
 Canada 43111330Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 Hungary 0300316−5
Hungary 0–3 Argentina
(Report) Romeo 9'
Scaloni 42'
Riquelme 50'
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Abderrahim El Arjoun (Morocco)

Australia 0–0 Canada
(Report)
Attendance: 13,000

Hungary 0–1 Australia
(Report) Allsopp 90'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Abderrahim El Arjoun (Morocco)

Argentina 2–1 Canada
Romeo 32'
Riquelme 65'
(Report) Bent 43' (pen.)
Attendance: 12,000

Hungary 1–2 Canada
Szili 3' (pen.) (Report) De Rosario 6'
Kindel 64'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: León Padro Borja (Mexico)

Argentina 3–4 Australia
Romeo 9'
Placente 70'
Riquelme 88' (pen.)
(Report) Salapasidis 39', 40', 55', 90' (pen.)
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Amand Ancion (Belgium)

Group F

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 England 9330081+7Advanced to the round of 16
 Mexico 4311162+4
 United Arab Emirates 33102210−8Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 Ivory Coast 1301225−3
Mexico 5–0 United Arab Emirates
Lillingston 26', 56' (pen.)
Cariño 40'
Torres 60'
Santacruz 70'
(Report)
Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Sándor Piller (Hungary)

Ivory Coast 1–2 England
Cisse 22' (Report) Owen 6' (pen.)
Shepherd 69'
Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Intaz Shah (Fiji)

Mexico 1–1 Ivory Coast
Lillingston 44' (Report) Dié 33'
Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Intaz Shah (Fiji)

United Arab Emirates 0–5 England
(Report) Murphy 7', 35', 50' (pen.)
Owen 52'
Abdulla 60' (o.g.)
Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru
Attendance: 12,000

Mexico 0–1 England
(Report) Owen 65'
Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru
Attendance: 9,000

United Arab Emirates 2–0 Ivory Coast
Ali 52'
Kazim 85'
(Report)
Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Sándor Piller (Hungary)

Ranking of third-placed teams

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Belgium 43111440Advanced to the round of 16
 Canada 43111330
 United States 3310223−1
 United Arab Emirates 33102210−8
 Paraguay 2302156−1
 South Africa 1301226−4

Knockout stage

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
25 June – Shah Alam
 
 
 Uruguay3
 
29 June – Shah Alam
 
 United States0
 
 Uruguay (pen.)1 (7)
 
25 June – Kuching
 
 France1 (6)
 
 Mexico0
 
2 July – Shah Alam
 
 France1
 
 Uruguay (aet)3
 
26 June – Kangar
 
 Ghana2
 
 Australia0
 
29 June – Johor Bahru
 
 Japan1
 
 Japan1
 
26 June – Alor Setar
 
 Ghana (aet)2
 
 Ghana3
 
5 July – Shah Alam
 
 United Arab Emirates0
 
 Uruguay1
 
26 June – Kuantan
 
 Argentina2
 
 Spain2
 
29 June – Shah Alam
 
 Canada0
 
 Spain0
 
25 June – Shah Alam
 
 Republic of Ireland1
 
 Republic of Ireland (aet)2
 
2 July – Kuching
 
 Morocco1
 
 Republic of Ireland0
 
26 June – Johor Bahru
 
 Argentina1 Third place
 
 England1
 
29 June – Kuching5 July – Shah Alam
 
 Argentina2
 
 Argentina2 Ghana1
 
25 June – Kuching
 
 Brazil0  Republic of Ireland2
 
 Brazil10
 
 
 Belgium0
 

Round of 16

Brazil 10–0 Belgium
Álvaro 3', 13'
Éder 32'
Alex 41', 48', 85'
Roni 67', 78'
Adaílton 82'
Zé Elias[1] 87'
(Report)
Attendance: 8,267
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)

Uruguay 3–0 United States
Zalayeta 24', 34'
Olivera 41'
(Report)
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Georg Dardenne (Germany)

Mexico 0–1 France
(Report) Luccin 90'
Attendance: 10,101

Republic of Ireland 2–1 (a.e.t.) Morocco
Fenn 35'
Duff 97'
(Report) Inman 43' (o.g.)
Attendance: 3,000

Australia 0–1 Japan
(Report) Yanagisawa 44'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: León Padro Borja (Mexico)

England 1–2 Argentina
Carragher 49' (Report) Riquelme 10' (pen.)
Aimar 26'
Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Sándor Piller (Hungary)

Ghana 3–0 United Arab Emirates
Ackon 32'
Sule 79'
Issaka 88'
(Report)
Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Setar
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Amand Ancion (Belgium)

Spain 2–0 Canada
Deus 77'
Rivera 90'
(Report)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Abderrahim El Arjoun (Morocco)

Quarter-finals

Uruguay 1–1 (a.e.t.) France
Olivera 68' (Report) Trezeguet 27'
Penalties
7–6
Attendance: 9,000

Argentina 2–0 Brazil
Scaloni 79'
Perezlindo 90'
(Report)
Attendance: 34,896
Referee: Gilles Veissière (France)

Spain 0–1 Republic of Ireland
(Report) Molloy 52' (pen.)
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: León Padro Borja (Mexico)

Japan 1–2 (a.e.t.) Ghana
Yanagisawa 80' (Report) Ansah 9'
Ofori-Quaye 97'
Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru
Attendance: 18,700

Semi-finals

Republic of Ireland 0–1 Argentina
(Report) Romeo 55'
Attendance: 14,976

Uruguay 3–2 (a.e.t.) Ghana
Zalayeta 13'
Coelho 45'
Perea 105'
(Report) Lawson 45'
Meloño 78' (o.g.)
Attendance: 15,000

Third place play-off

Ghana 1–2 Republic of Ireland
Sule 5' (Report) Baker 2'
Duff 33'
Attendance: 28,000

Final

Uruguay 1–2 Argentina
García 15' (Report) Cambiasso 26'
Quintana 43'
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)

Result

 FIFA World Youth Championship 1997 Winners 

Argentina
Third title

Awards

Golden Shoe Golden Ball Fair Play Award
Adaílton Nicolás Olivera  Argentina

Goalscorers

Adaílton of Brazil won the Golden Shoe award for scoring ten goals. In total, 165 goals were scored by 101 different players, with seven of them credited as own goals.

10 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Argentina 7601157+818
2  Uruguay 7421146+814
3  Republic of Ireland 741297+213
4  Ghana 7412128+413
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Brazil 5401255+2012
6  Spain 5401103+712
7  France 5311108+210
8  Japan 5212129+37
Eliminated in the Round of 16
9  England 430193+69
10  Australia 421154+17
11  Morocco 412154+15
12  Mexico 411263+34
13  Canada 411235−24
14  Belgium 4112414−104
15  United States 410326−43
16  United Arab Emirates 4103213−113
Eliminated at the group stage
17  Paraguay 302156−12
18  China PR 302123−12
19  Ivory Coast 301225−31
20  South Africa 301226−41
21  Costa Rica 3012311−81
22  South Korea 3012514−91
23  Hungary 300316−50
24  Malaysia 300329−70

Broadcasting rights of 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship

Africa

Américas

Asia

 Indonesia : RCTI, TVRI, SCTV, TPI, ANTV

Europe

Notes

  1. The FIFA states him as "Júnior" in the official report.
  2. The FIFA gives no information on the Stadium used in this match, but the Utama Stadium was the only one suitable by then for a match like this.
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