1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship

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.

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

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 TeamsEdit

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.

SquadsEdit

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

RefereesEdit

Group stagesEdit

Group AEdit

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   18'

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

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

United States  1–0  Argentina
McKeon   23' (Report)
Attendance: 1,200

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

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

Group BEdit

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

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

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

Qatar  0–1  Mexico
(Report) Toledano   5'
Attendance: 200

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

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

Group CEdit

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   34'
Hussein   36'
Ahmed   37'
Elmustafa   47'
(Report) Mohamed   59'
Attendance: 250

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

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

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

Sudan  0–1  Brazil
(Report) Adriano   73'
Attendance: 500

United Arab Emirates  2–2  Germany
Abdulrahman   12' (pen)
Ibrahim   44'
(Report) Lutz   8'
Sarna   51'
Attendance: 500

Group DEdit

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   8'51' (pen) (Report) Sánchez   26'
Attendance: 1,500

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

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

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

Ghana  1–1  Spain
Opoku   42' (Report) Gálvez   62'
Attendance: 1,300

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

Knockout stagesEdit

 
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)
 

QuarterfinalsEdit

United States  1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 pen.)
  Qatar
Kelly   3' (Report) Bu   14'

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

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

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

SemifinalsEdit

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

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

Third place play-offEdit

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

FinalEdit

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

ResultEdit

 FIFA U-17 World Championship 1991 Winners 
 
Ghana
First title

AwardsEdit

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

GoalscorersEdit

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

Final rankingEdit

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

External linksEdit