1981 FIFA World Youth Championship

The 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship, the third edition of the FIFA World Youth Championship, was held in Australia from 3 to 18 October 1981. The tournament took place in six venues—where a total of 32 matches were played. Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney—The winner was West Germany, who beat surprise package Qatar 4–0 in a final held at Sydney Cricket Ground.

1981 FIFA World Youth Championship
FIFA World Youth Championship Australia 1981
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Tournament details
Host countryAustralia
Dates3–18 October
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions West Germany (1st title)
Runners-up Qatar
Third place Romania
Fourth place England
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored87 (2.72 per match)
Attendance443,094 (13,847 per match)
Top scorer(s)West Germany Ralf Loose
West Germany Roland Wohlfarth
Egypt Taher Abouzaid
Australia Mark Koussas
(4 goals)
Best player(s)Romania Romulus Gabor
Fair play award Australia
1979
1983

QualificationEdit

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 1980 AFC Youth Championship   Qatar1
  South Korea
CAF (Africa) 1981 African Youth Championship   Cameroon1
  Egypt1
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
1980 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament   Mexico
  United States1
CONMEBOL (South America) 1981 South American Youth Championship   Argentina
  Brazil
  Uruguay
OFC (Oceania) Host nation   Australia1
UEFA (Europe) 1980 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship   England1
  Italy
  Poland
  Romania1
  Spain
  West Germany1
1.^ Teams that made their debut.

SquadsEdit

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship squads.

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 6 Advance to knockout stage
2   Qatar 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 3
3   Poland 3 1 0 2 4 2 +2 2
4   United States 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7 1
Poland  0–1  Qatar
(Report) Bilal 37'
Attendance: 17,200

United States  0–3  Uruguay
(Report) López Báez 5'
Aguilera 60'
Da Silva 67'
Attendance: 17,200

United States  1–1  Qatar
Devey 43' (Report) Bilal 56'
Attendance: 10,122

Uruguay  1–0  Poland
Da Silva 58' (Report)
Attendance: 10,122

Qatar  0–1  Uruguay
(Report) Villazán 52'
Attendance: 8,264

Poland  4–0  United States
Rzepka 17'
Kowalik 18'
Dziekanowski 65', 67'
(Report)
Attendance: 8,264

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Romania 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 5
3   South Korea 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 2
4   Italy 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Italy  1–4  South Korea
Mariani 83' (Report) Kwak Sung-ho 7'
Choi Soon-ho 12', 29'
Lee Kyung-nam 88'
Attendance: 13,538

Romania  1–1  Brazil
Zamfir 82' (Report) Leomir 67'
Attendance: 13,538

Romania  1–0  South Korea
Sertov 5' (Report)
Attendance: 17,500

Brazil  1–0  Italy
Djalma Baia 56' (Report)
Attendance: 17,500

South Korea  0–3  Brazil
(Report) Paulo Roberto 48'
Ronaldão 61'
Jun J.S. 79' (o.g.)
Attendance: 9,000

Italy  0–1  Romania
(Report) Gabor 56' (pen.)
Attendance: 9,000

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   West Germany 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 4 Advance to knockout stage
2   Egypt 3 1 2 0 7 6 +1 4
3   Mexico 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
4   Spain 3 0 2 1 5 7 −2 2
Spain  2–2  Egypt
Chano 65'
Nadal 74'
(Report) Abouzaid 6', 78'

West Germany  1–0  Mexico
Loose 2' (Report)

West Germany  1–2  Egypt
Loose 35' (Report) Helmi 31'
Abouzaid 54'

Mexico  1–1  Spain
Coss 75' (Report) Chano 45' (pen.)

Egypt  3–3  Mexico
Guillén 33' (o.g.)
Saleh 64', 71'
(Report) Vaca 18'
Farfán 28'
Ríos 69'

Spain  2–4  West Germany
F. López 72'
Fabregat 78'
(Report) Trieb 29'
Wohlfarth 47', 85'
Anthes 55'
Attendance: 14,120

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   England 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 4 Advance to knockout stage
2   Australia (H) 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 4
3   Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
4   Cameroon 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host
England  2–0  Cameroon
Finnigan 57'
Dey 78'
(Report)
Attendance: 15,814

Australia  2–1  Argentina
Koussas 79'
Hunter 89'
(Report) Morresi 66'
Attendance: 15,814

Australia  3–3  Cameroon
Mitchell 9'
Koussas 53', 78' (pen.)
(Report) Olle Olle 17'
Djonkep 35', 52'
Attendance: 13,797

England  1–1  Argentina
Small 79' (Report) Urruti 57'
Attendance: 16,674

Cameroon  0–1  Argentina
(Report) Cecchi 6'
Attendance: 28,932

England  1–1  Australia
Small 82' (Report) Koussas 7'
Attendance: 28,932
Referee: Ioan Igna (Romania)

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
11 October - Melbourne
 
 
  Uruguay 1
 
14 October - Melbourne
 
  Romania 2
 
  Romania 0
 
11 October - Canberra
 
  West Germany (a.e.t.) 1
 
  West Germany 1
 
18 October - Sydney
 
  Australia 0
 
  West Germany 4
 
11 October - Newcastle
 
  Qatar 0
 
  Brazil 2
 
14 October - Sydney
 
  Qatar 3
 
  Qatar 2
 
11 October - Sydney
 
  England 1 Third place
 
  England 4
 
17 October - Adelaide
 
  Egypt 2
 
  Romania 1
 
 
  England 0
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Uruguay  1–2  Romania
Berruetta 60' (Report) Eduard 25'
Fisic 84'
Attendance: 14,800

Brazil  2–3  Qatar
Ronaldão 27', 78' (Report) Al-Muhannadi 10', 54', 87'

West Germany  1–0  Australia
Wohlfarth 69' (Report)

England  4–2  Egypt
Webb 41', 64', 82'
Cooke 60'
(Report) Abouzaid 28' (pen.)
Saleh 40'

Semi-finalsEdit

Qatar  2–1  England
Bilal 12'
Alsada 62'
(Report) Small 70'
Attendance: 12,476

Romania  0–1 (a.e.t.)  West Germany
(Report) Schön 103'
Attendance: 15,000

Third place play-offEdit

Romania  1–0  England
Gabor 36' (Report)

FinalEdit

West Germany  4–0  Qatar
Loose 28', 66'
Wohlfarth 42'
Anthes 86'
(Report)
Attendance: 18,531

ResultEdit

 1981 World Youth Championship Winners 
 
West Germany
First title

AwardsEdit

Golden Shoe Golden Ball Fair Play Award
  Mark Koussas   Romulus Gabor   Australia

GoalscorersEdit

Mark Koussas of Australia won the Golden Shoe award for scoring four goals. In total, 87 goals were scored by 56 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

Final rankingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1   West Germany 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 10 Champions
2   Qatar 6 3 1 2 7 9 −2 7 Runners-up
3   Romania 6 4 1 1 6 3 +3 9 Third place
4   England 6 2 2 2 9 7 +2 6 Fourth place
5   Uruguay 4 3 0 1 6 2 +4 6 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6   Brazil 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 5
7   Australia (H) 4 1 2 1 6 6 0 4
8   Egypt 4 1 2 1 9 10 −1 4
9   Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3 Eliminated in
Group stage
10   Poland 3 1 0 2 4 2 +2 2
11   South Korea 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 2
12   Mexico 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
13   Spain 3 0 2 1 5 7 −2 2
14   Cameroon 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
15   United States 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7 1
16   Italy 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: rsssf.com
(H) Host

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Actually Eritrea, as the FIFA anachronistically reports.

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