1979 FIFA World Youth Championship

The 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, the second staging of the FIFA World Youth Championship, was held in Japan from 26 August to 7 September 1979. It was the first FIFA tournament played in Asia. The tournament took place in four cities — Kobe, Omiya, Tokyo and Yokohama — where a total of 32 matches were played, four more than in the previous edition due to the addition of a quarterfinal round in the knockout stage.

1979 FIFA World Youth Championship
1979 FIFAワールドユース選手権
Tournament details
Host country Japan
Dates25 August – 7 September
Teams16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Argentina (1st title)
Runners-up Soviet Union
Third place Uruguay
Fourth place Poland
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored83 (2.59 per match)
Attendance454,500 (14,203 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Ramón Díaz (8 goals)
Best player(s)Argentina Diego Maradona
Fair play award Poland
1977
1981

Argentina won the trophy after beating holders Soviet Union 3–1, in a final held at Tokyo's National Stadium. Argentina fielded an attack-minded high-scoring team, averaging 3.33 goals per game. They were led by the powerful duo of Diego Maradona and Ramón Díaz, who were the tournament's best player and top scorer respectively. Between the two of them, they scored 14 of Argentina's 20 goals (70%).

QualificationEdit

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) Host nation   Japan1
1978 AFC Youth Championship   Indonesia1
  South Korea1
CAF (Africa) 1979 African Youth Championship   Algeria1
  Guinea1
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
1978 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament   Canada1
  Mexico
CONMEBOL (South America) 1979 South American Youth Championship   Argentina1
  Paraguay
  Uruguay
UEFA (Europe) 1978 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship   Hungary
  Poland1
  Portugal1
  Soviet Union
  Spain
  Yugoslavia1
1.^ Teams that made their debut.

SquadsEdit

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship squads.

VenuesEdit

Tokyo Omiya
National Stadium Omiya Stadium
   
Capacity: 48,000 Capacity: 15,500
Kobe Yokohama
Chuo Stadium Yokohama Mitsuzawa Football Stadium
 
Capacity: 13,000 Capacity: 15,000

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Spain 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 4 Advance to knockout stage
2   Algeria 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
3   Mexico 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
4   Japan (H) 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
Source: WorldFootball.net
(H) Host
Mexico  1–1  Algeria
Hernández   24' Report Yahi   67'

Japan  0–1  Spain
Report Zúñiga   51'
Attendance: 30,000

Spain  2–1  Mexico
Joaquín   8'
Gail   74'
Report Díaz   56'
Attendance: 28,000

Algeria  0–0  Japan
Report

Spain  0–1  Algeria
Report Bendjaballah   15'

Japan  1–1  Mexico
Mizunuma   58' Report Romero   69'
Attendance: 38,000

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Argentina 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9 6 Advance to knockout stage
2   Poland 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 4
3   Yugoslavia 3 1 0 2 5 3 +2 2
4   Indonesia 3 0 0 3 0 16 −16 0
Poland  2–0  Yugoslavia
Pałasz   49'
Frankowski   76'
Report
Attendance: 14,000

Argentina  5–0  Indonesia
Díaz   10', 23', 25'
Maradona   19', 39'
Report
Attendance: 15,500

Yugoslavia  0–1  Argentina
Report Escudero   55'
Attendance: 9,500

Indonesia  0–6  Poland
Report Pałasz   11', 37'
Janiec   12'
Baran   22', 31'
Buda   73'
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Kazuo Yasudo (Japan)

Poland  1–4  Argentina
Pałasz   27' Report Maradona   7'
Calderón   23', 70'
Simón   35'
Attendance: 12,500

Yugoslavia  5–0  Indonesia
Smajić   5', 77'
Milosavljević   19', 63'
Mlinarić   73'
Report
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Toshio Asami (Japan)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Paraguay 3 2 0 1 6 1 +5 4 Advance to knockout stage
2   Portugal 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
3   South Korea 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 3
4   Canada 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 2
Canada  3–1  Portugal
Segota   7', 66'
Nagy   79'
Report Grilo   46'
Attendance: 10,000

Paraguay  3–0  South Korea
Romero   5'
Cabañas   70', 74'
Report
Attendance: 13,000

Portugal  1–0  Paraguay
Ferreira   23' Report
Attendance: 5,000

South Korea  1–0  Canada
Lee Tae-ho   63' Report
Attendance: 5,000

Canada  0–3  Paraguay
Report Romero   37', 58'
Isasi   40'
Attendance: 7,500

Portugal  0–0  South Korea
Report
Attendance: 7,500

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Uruguay 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 6 Advance to knockout stage
2   Soviet Union 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 4
3   Hungary 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 2
4   Guinea 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0
Soviet Union  5–1  Hungary
Ponomaryov   24'
Stukashov   41'
Zavarov   57'
Taran   71', 78'
Report Kardos   9'

Uruguay  5–0  Guinea
Molina   7'
Revelez   22', 74'
Paz   53'
Vargas   76'
Report

Hungary  0–2  Uruguay
Report Vargas   23'
Paz   35'

Guinea  0–3  Soviet Union
Report Olefirenko   6'
Mikhalevsky   59'
Radenko   80'

Soviet Union  0–1  Uruguay
Report Martínez   66'

Hungary  2–0  Guinea
Segesvári   17'
Kerepeczky   80'
Report

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
2 September – National Stadium
 
 
  Argentina 5
 
4 September – National Stadium
 
  Algeria 0
 
  Argentina 2
 
2 September – Yokohama
 
  Uruguay 0
 
  Uruguay (a.e.t.)1
 
7 September – National Stadium
 
  Portugal 0
 
  Argentina 3
 
2 September – Omiya
 
  Soviet Union 1
 
  Spain 0 (3)
 
4 September – Kobe
 
  Poland (p)0 (4)
 
  Poland 0
 
2 September – Kobe
 
  Soviet Union 1 Third place
 
  Paraguay 2 (5)
 
6 September – National Stadium
 
  Soviet Union (p)2 (6)
 
  Uruguay (p)1 (5)
 
 
  Poland 1 (3)
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Spain  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Poland
Report
Penalties
Pichardo  
Gail  
Manolo  
Zúñiga  
Tendillo  
3–4   Chojnacki
  Buncol
  Jarosz
  Pałasz
  Skrobowski
Attendance: 10,000

Argentina  5–0  Algeria
Maradona   25'
Calderón   34'
Díaz   39', 51', 66'
Report
Attendance: 20,000


Uruguay  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Portugal
Paz   90+4' Report

Semi-finalsEdit

Argentina  2–0  Uruguay
Díaz   52'
Maradona   74'
Report
Attendance: 20,000

Poland  0–1  Soviet Union
Report Ponomaryov   50'
Attendance: 5,000

Third place play-offEdit

Uruguay  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Poland
Paz   9' Report Pałasz   26'
Penalties
5–3

FinalEdit

Argentina  3–1  Soviet Union
Alves   68'
Díaz   71'
Maradona   76'
Report Ponomaryov   52'
Attendance: 52,000

ResultEdit

 FIFA World Youth Championship 1979 Winners 
 
Argentina
First title

AwardsEdit

 
Diego Maradona was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament
Golden Shoe Golden Ball Fair Play Award
  Ramón Díaz   Diego Maradona   Poland

GoalscorersEdit

Ramón Díaz of Argentina won the Golden Shoe award for scoring eight goals. In total, 83 goals were scored by 48 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

 
Ramón Díaz, top scorer of the tournament
8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Final rankingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1   Argentina 6 6 0 0 20 2 +18 12 Champions
2   Soviet Union 6 3 1 2 12 7 +5 7 Runners-up
3   Uruguay 6 4 1 1 10 3 +7 9 Third place
4   Poland 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 6 Fourth place
5   Paraguay 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 5 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6   Spain 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 5
7   Algeria 4 1 2 1 2 6 −4 4
8   Portugal 4 1 1 2 2 4 −2 3
9   South Korea 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 3 Eliminated in
Group stage
10   Yugoslavia 3 1 0 2 5 3 +2 2
11   Mexico 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
12   Japan (H) 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
13   Canada 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 2
14   Hungary 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 2
15   Guinea 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0
16   Indonesia 3 0 0 3 0 16 −16 0
Source: rsssf.com
(H) Host

External linksEdit