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1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship

1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship
1st FIFA U-17 World Championship for the FIFA/JVC Cup
1991 FIFA U-17 Campionato del Mondo
Tournament details
Host countryItaly
Dates16–31 August
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Ghana (1st title)
Runners-up Spain
Third place Argentina
Fourth place Qatar
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored81 (2.53 per match)
Attendance37,000 (1,156 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Adriano
Best player(s)Ghana Nii Lamptey
Fair play award Argentina
1989
1993

The 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship, the fourth edition of the tournament, was held in the cities of Florence, Montecatini Terme, Viareggio, Massa, Carrara, and Livorno in Italy between 16 August and 31 August 1991. Players born after 1 August 1974 could participate in this tournament.

Saudi Arabia the 1989 champions, weren't able to defend their title as they withdrew from the final round of the AFC qualifying tournament, citing Blue Diamond Affair.

The tournament was originally to be scheduled in Ecuador, but due to the cholera outbreak earlier that year, it was moved to Italy, which hosted the previous year's World Cup. This is the second time a FIFA event was moved from its original hosting country, after the 1986 World Cup was moved from Colombia to Mexico.

Qualified Teams

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 1990 AFC U-16 Championship  China PR
 Qatar
 United Arab Emirates
CAF (Africa) 1991 African U-17 Qualifying for World Cup  Congo
 Ghana
 Sudan
CONCACAF
(Central, North America and Caribbean)
1991 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament  Cuba
 Mexico
 United States
CONMEBOL (South America) 1991 South American U-17 Championship  Argentina
 Brazil
 Uruguay
OFC (Oceania) 1991 OFC U-17 Championship  Australia
UEFA (Europe) Host nation  Italy1
1991 UEFA European Under-16 Championship  Germany
 Spain
1. ^ replacing Ecuador.

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship squads

Referees

Group stages

Group A

Teams Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 United States 6 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 Advanced to the quarterfinals
 Argentina 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
 Italy 2 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 Eliminated
 China PR 1 3 0 1 2 4 7 −3
Italy 0–1 United States
(Report) Dunne Goal 18'
Attendance: 3,200
Referee: Ulisses Tavares da Silva

China PR 1–2 Argentina
Gao Fei Goal 58' (Report) Verón Goal 50'
Castellani Goal 77' (pen)
Attendance: 350
Referee: Leif Sundell

Italy 2–2 China PR
Del Piero Goal 30'
Giraldi Goal 67'
(Report) Liang Yu Goal 14'
Huang Yi Goal 73'
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Miguel Angel Salas Castillo

United States 1–0 Argentina
McKeon Goal 23' (Report)
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Rachid Ben Khedija

Italy 0–0 Argentina
(Report)
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Philippe Leduc

United States 3–1 China PR
Beachum Goal 6'
Montoya Goal 37'
McKeon Goal 71'
(Report) Gao Fei Goal 32'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Nizar Watti

Group B

Venue: Carrara

Teams Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Australia 4 3 2 0 1 6 4 2 Advanced to the quarterfinals
 Qatar 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 0
 Congo 3 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 Eliminated
 Mexico 2 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1
Congo 0–0 Qatar
(Report)
Attendance: 600
Referee: Jorge Osvaldo Orellana Vimos

Australia 4–3 Mexico
Agostino Goal 5'28'29'
Kiratzoglu Goal 17'
(Report) Garza Goal 25'
Toledano Goal 69'74'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Lim Kee Chong

Congo 0–2 Australia
(Report) Healey Goal 63'
Kiratzoglu Goal 74'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Letchmanasamy Kathirveloo

Qatar 0–1 Mexico
(Report) Toledano Goal 5'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Sabino Farina Cespedes

Congo 2–1 Mexico
Kibiti Goal 17'
Tchicaya Goal 31'
(Report) García Goal 71'
Attendance: 400

Qatar 1–0 Australia
Al Tamimi Goal 76' (Report)
Attendance: 400
Referee: Juan Bava

Group C

Venue: Massa

Teams Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Brazil 6 3 3 0 0 7 0 7 Advanced to the quarterfinals
 Germany 3 3 1 1 1 5 5 0
 Sudan 2 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 Eliminated
 United Arab Emirates 1 3 0 1 2 3 10 −7
Sudan 4–1 United Arab Emirates
Saeed Goal 34'
Hussein Goal 36'
Ahmed Goal 37'
Elmustafa Goal 47'
(Report) Mohamed Goal 59'
Attendance: 250

Germany 0–2 Brazil
(Report) Argel Goal 18'
Adriano Goal 39'
Attendance: 800
Referee: Fabio Baldas

Sudan 1–3 Germany
Ahmed Goal 78' (Report) Sarna Goal 48'
Jaekel Goal 62'75'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Angelo Amendolia

United Arab Emirates 0–4 Brazil
(Report) Yan Goal 20'
Nene Goal 26'
Adriano Goal 58'62'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Jan Damgaard

Sudan 0–1 Brazil
(Report) Adriano Goal 73'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Angelo Amendolia

United Arab Emirates 2–2 Germany
Abdulrahman Goal 12' (pen)
Ibrahim Goal 44'
(Report) Lutz Goal 8'
Sarna Goal 51'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Jorge Osvaldo Orellana Vimos

Group D

Venue: Livorno

Teams Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Spain 5 3 2 1 0 9 3 6 Advanced to the quarterfinals
 Ghana 5 3 2 1 0 5 2 3
 Uruguay 2 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2 Eliminated
 Cuba 0 3 0 0 3 3 10 −7
Ghana 2–1 Cuba
Lamptey Goal 8'51' (pen) (Report) Sánchez Goal 26'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Omar Al Mehanna

Uruguay 0–1 Spain
(Report) Dani Goal 64'
Attendance: 1,400
Referee: Nizar Watti

Ghana 2–0 Uruguay
Gargo Goal 36'
Lamptey Goal 52'
(Report)
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Errol Forbes

Cuba 2–7 Spain
Marten Goal 56'
Casamayor Goal 66'
(Report) Robaina Goal 5'23'
Emilio Carrasco Goal 13'
Murgui Goal 43'
Velasco Goal 52'
Palacios Goal 58'
Ramón Goal 74'
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Fabio Baldas

Ghana 1–1 Spain
Opoku Goal 42' (Report) Gálvez Goal 62'
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Ulisses Tavares da Silva

Cuba 0–1 Uruguay
(Report) López Goal 72'
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Lim Kee Chong

Knockout stages

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
August 25 - Montecatini Terme
 
 
 United States1 (4)
 
August 28 - Viareggio
 
 Qatar (pen.)1 (5)
 
 Qatar0 (2)
 
August 25 - Carrara
 
 Ghana (pen.)0 (4)
 
 Brazil1
 
August 31 - Florence
 
 Ghana2
 
 Ghana1
 
August 25 - Viareggio
 
 Spain0
 
 Australia1
 
August 28 - Massa
 
 Argentina2
 
 Argentina0
 
August 25 - Livorno
 
 Spain1 Third place
 
 Spain3
 
August 30 - Montecatini Terme
 
 Germany1
 
 Qatar1 (1)
 
 
 Argentina (pen.)1 (4)
 

Quarterfinals

United States 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 pen.)
 Qatar
Kelly Goal 3' (Report) Bu Goal 14'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Jorge Osvaldo Orellana Vimos

Australia 1–2 Argentina
Azconzobal Goal 75' (o.g.) (Report) Comelles Goal 29'55'
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Fabio Valdas

Brazil 1–2 Ghana
Leandro Goal 42' (Report) Lamptey Goal 36'
Gargo Goal 58'
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Leif Sundell

Spain 3–1 Germany
Murgui Goal 59'
Robaina Goal 72'
Josemi Goal 80'
(Report) Babatz Goal 15'
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Nizar Watti

Semifinals

Qatar 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(2–4 pen.)
 Ghana
(Report)
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Fabio Baldas

Argentina 0–1 Spain
(Report) Murgui Goal 22'
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Jan Damgaard

Third place play-off

Qatar 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(1–4 pen.)
 Argentina
Al Bedaid Goal 60' (Report) Akselman Goal 80'
Attendance: 1,500

Final

Ghana 1–0 Spain
Duah Goal 77' (Report)
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Leif Sundell

Result

 FIFA U-17 World Championship 1991 Winners 

Ghana
First title

Awards

Golden Shoe Golden Ball FIFA Fair Play
Brazil Adriano (4 goals) Ghana Nii Lamptey  Argentina

Goalscorers

Adriano of Brazil won the Golden Shoe award for scoring four goals. In total, 81 goals were scored by 59 different players, with only one of them credited as own goals.

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal
  • Argentina Juan Azconzobal (playing against Australia)

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Ghana 6 4 2 0 8 3 +5 10
2  Spain 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 9
3  Argentina 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 6
4  Qatar 6 1 4 1 3 3 0 6
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  United States 4 3 1 0 6 2 +4 7
6  Brazil 4 3 0 1 8 2 +6 6
7  Australia 4 2 0 2 7 6 +1 4
8  Germany 4 1 1 2 6 8 –2 3
Eliminated at the group stage
9  Congo 3 1 1 1 2 3 –1 3
10  Sudan 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 2
11  Mexico 3 1 0 2 5 6 –1 2
12  Uruguay 3 1 0 2 1 3 –2 2
13  Italy 3 0 2 1 2 3 –1 2
14  China PR 3 0 1 2 4 7 –3 1
15  United Arab Emirates 3 0 1 2 3 10 –7 1
16  Cuba 3 0 0 3 3 10 –7 0

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