2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship

The FIFA U-17 World Championship 2001, the ninth edition of the tournament, was held in the cities of Port of Spain, Malabar in Arima, Marabella in San Fernando, Couva, and Bacolet in Scarborough at Trinidad and Tobago between 13 and 30 September 2001. Players born after 1 January 1984 could participate in this tournament. Although France had only appeared once before at the FIFA U-17 World Championship, in Canada back in 1987 when they finished sixth, the current crop of French youngsters arrived in the Caribbean determined to emulate their illustrious elders' winning ways at France '98 and Euro 2000. And so it was, Jean-François Jodar's side showing maturity beyond their years. Aggressive in the tackle and tactically very organised, they oscillated between a 3-5-2 and 3-6-1 and were able to rely on two extremely gifted individuals from Le Havre: Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama Pongolle, who won both the top scorer, with 9 goals scored, and Player of the Tournament awards. The young "Blues" won five of their six games, losing to Nigeria in the first round but getting their revenge in the Final. They hit five in a game on two occasions, against the USA (5–3) and Japan (5–1) in group matches, before brushing past two footballing giants, Brazil and Argentina (2–1 in both games) at the knockout stage and overcoming Nigeria 3–0 in the final to win their first ever FIFA U-17 World title.

2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship
FIFA U-17 World Championship Trinidad & Tobago 2001
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Trinidad & Tobago 2001 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryTrinidad and Tobago
Dates13 – 30 September
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (1st title)
Runners-up Nigeria
Third place Burkina Faso
Fourth place Argentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored102 (3.19 per match)
Attendance331,198 (10,350 per match)
Top scorer(s)France Florent Sinama Pongolle
(9 goals)
Best player(s)France Florent Sinama Pongolle
Fair play award Nigeria
1999
2003

VenuesEdit

Port of Spain Bacolet Couva
Hasely Crawford Stadium
Capacity: 27,000
Dwight Yorke Stadium
Capacity: 7,500
Ato Boldon Stadium
Capacity: 10,000
   
Malabar Marabella
Larry Gomes Stadium
Capacity: 10,000
Manny Ramjohn Stadium
Capacity: 10,000

MascotEdit

The official mascot of this FIFA U-17 World Championship, Trinidad & Tobago 2001, was BEATS, the humming bird. Its outfit is the same as the home national team, red shirt, black short and red socks. It has Trinidad & Tobago 2001 on the chest.

SquadsEdit

QualificationEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the tournament:

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 2000 AFC U-17 Championship   Oman
  Iran
  Japan
CAF (Africa) 2001 African U-17 Championship   Nigeria
  Burkina Faso
  Mali
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
Host nation   Trinidad and Tobago
2001 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament   United States
  Costa Rica
CONMEBOL (South America) 2001 South American U-17 Championship   Brazil
  Argentina
  Paraguay
OFC (Oceania) 2001 OFC U-17 Championship   Australia
UEFA (Europe) 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Championship   Spain
  France
  Croatia

Group stagesEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 3 3 0 0 10 2 +8 9
  Australia 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6
  Croatia 3 1 0 2 3 8 -5 3
  Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 0 3 2 9 -7 0


Trinidad and Tobago  1 – 2  Croatia
Blackman   57' Report Kranjčar   43' (pen.)67' (pen.)
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Giménez Daniel (Argentina)

Australia  0 – 1  Brazil
Report Anderson   76'
Attendance: 10,800
Referee: Benes Michal (Czech Republic)

Trinidad and Tobago  0 – 1  Australia
Report Agius   55'
Attendance: 25,100
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (Romania)

Croatia  1 – 3  Brazil
Prijić   6' Report Bruno   7'
Bonfim   57'
Caetano   77'
Attendance: 25,100
Referee: Sibrian Rodolfo (Slovenia)

Brazil  6 – 1  Trinidad and Tobago
Malzoni   7'
Caetano   16'41'59'
James   36' (o.g.)
Júnior   88'
Report Forbes   61'
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Issa Hussein (Iraq)

Croatia  0 – 4  Australia
Report Smith   37'
Danze   40'46'66'
Attendance: 20,228
Referee: Chukwujekwu Chukwudi (Nigeria)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Nigeria 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9
  France 3 2 0 1 11 6 +5 6
  Japan 3 1 0 2 2 9 -7 3
  United States 3 0 0 3 3 8 -5 0


United States  0 – 1  Japan
Report Abe   43'
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: De Oliveira Paulo (Brazil)

France  1 – 2  Nigeria
Sinama Pongolle   87' Report Shaibu   24'
Brown   75'
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Ramdhan Ramesh (Trinidad & Tobago)

Japan  0 – 4  Nigeria
Report Shaibu   35'
Opabunmi   39'
Brown   83'
Temile   90+1' (pen.)
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Cardoso Batista Lucilio (Portugal)

United States  3 – 5  France
Magee   19'
Colombo   28' (o.g.)
Johnson   75'
Report Sinama Pongolle   4'60'65'
Pietre   31'
Meghni   48'
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Im Eun Ju (Korea Republic)

Nigeria  2 – 0  United States
Shaibu   32'
Ayuba   58'
Report
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Attison Harry (Vanuatu)

Japan  1 – 5  France
Yano   67' Report Piètre   11'
Sinama Pongolle   13'54'57'
Drouin   15'
Attendance: 7,315
Referee: Gimenez Daniel (Argentina)

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Argentina 3 2 1 0 9 4 +5 7
  Burkina Faso 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
  Spain 3 1 0 2 4 6 -2 3
  Oman 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 1


Oman  1 – 2  Spain
Al Hinai   22' Report F. Torres   50'
Melli   90+2'
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Richard Contreras Samuel (Dominican Republic)

Argentina  2 – 2  Burkina Faso
Correa   2'
López   90+2' (pen.)
Report Sanou   22'
Conombo   79'
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Attison Harry (Vanuatu)

Spain  0 – 1  Burkina Faso
Report Sanou   41' (pen.)
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Jakobsson Kristinn (Iceland)

Oman  0 – 3  Argentina
Report López   10'
Tevez   37'
Colace   52' (pen.)
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Evehe Divine (Cameroon)

Burkina Faso  1 – 1  Oman
Nikiema   22' Report Al-Hinai   33'
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (Romania)

Spain  2 – 4  Argentina
Bauzà   23'
Senel   30'
Report Colace   3' (pen.)
López   57'
Zabaleta   72'
Aguirre   83'
Attendance: 9,300
Referee: Sibrian Rodolfo (Slovenia)

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
  Mali 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
  Paraguay 3 2 0 1 5 6 -1 6
  Iran 3 0 0 3 2 6 -4 0


Mali  1 – 2  Paraguay
Traore   76' Report López   52'
Jara   86' (pen.)
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Issa Hussein (Iraq)

Iran  0 – 2  Costa Rica
Report Alonso   51'
Azofeifa   76'
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Chukwujekwu Chukwudi (Nigeria)

Paraguay  0 – 3  Costa Rica
Report Alonso   75'84'
Azofeifa   82'
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Benes Michal (Czech Republic)

Mali  1 – 0  Iran
Coulibaly   38' Report
Attendance: 3,270
Referee: Ramdhan Ramesh (Trinidad & Tobago)

Costa Rica  0 – 2  Mali
Report Coulibaly   20'
Diarra   33'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: De Oliveira Paulo (Brazil)

Paraguay  3 – 2  Iran
Pérez Matto   19'42'
Jara   66'
Report Ahmadzadeh   81'90+3'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Jakobsson Kristinn (Iceland)

Knockout stagesEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
23 September - Port of Spain
 
 
  Brazil1
 
27 September - Port of Spain
 
  France2
 
  France2
 
24 September - Marabella
 
  Argentina1
 
  Argentina (aet)2
 
30 September - Port of Spain
 
  Mali1
 
  France3
 
23 September - Port of Spain
 
  Nigeria0
 
  Nigeria5
 
27 September - Malabar
 
  Australia1
 
  Nigeria1
 
24 September - Marabella
 
  Burkina Faso0 Third place
 
  Costa Rica0
 
30 September - Port of Spain
 
  Burkina Faso2
 
  Argentina0
 
 
  Burkina Faso2
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Brazil  1 – 2  France
Alberoni   70' Report Sinama Pongolle   38'
Le Tallec   40'
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Ramdhan Ramesh (Trinidad & Tobago)

Nigeria  5 – 1  Australia
Opabunmi   24' (pen.)69'79'
Mohammed   81'
Temile   85'
Report Engele   86'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Jakobsson Kristinn (Iceland)

Argentina  2 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Mali
Rodríguez   38'
Fanari   96'
Report Diarra   35'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Cardoso Batista Lucilio (Portugal)

Costa Rica  0 – 2  Burkina Faso
Report Gorogo   56'
Sanou   84'
Attendance: 8,700
Referee: Attison Harry (Vanuatu)

Semi-finalsEdit

France  2 – 1  Argentina
Le Tallec   56'
Berthod   58'
Report Tevez   49'
Attendance: 9,200
Referee: Evehe Divine (Cameroon)

Nigeria  1 – 0  Burkina Faso
Opabunmi   4' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Richard Contreras Samuel (Dominican Republic)

Third place matchEdit

Argentina  0 – 2  Burkina Faso
Report Gorogo   30'
Conombo   78'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Issa Hussein (Iraq)

FinalEdit

France  3 – 0  Nigeria
Sinama Pongolle   34'
Le Tallec   53'
Piètre   81'
Report

WinnersEdit

 2001 FIFA U-17 World Champions 
 
France
First title

AwardsEdit

FIFA Golden Shoe FIFA Golden Ball FIFA Fair Play Award
  Florent Sinama Pongolle   Nigeria

GoalscorersEdit

Florent Sinama Pongolle of France won the Golden Shoe award for scoring nine goals.

There were 102 goals scored in 32 matches, for an average of 3.19 goals per match.

9 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   France 6 5 0 1 18 8 +10 15
2   Nigeria 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15
3   Burkina Faso 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11
4   Argentina 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 10
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5   Brazil 4 3 0 1 11 4 +7 9
6   Costa Rica 4 2 0 2 5 4 +1 6
6   Mali 4 2 0 2 5 4 +1 6
8   Australia 4 2 0 2 6 6 0 6
Eliminated at the group stage
9   Paraguay 3 2 0 1 5 6 –1 6
10   Spain 3 1 0 2 4 6 –2 3
11   Croatia 3 1 0 2 3 8 –5 3
12   Japan 3 1 0 2 2 9 –7 3
13   Oman 3 0 1 2 2 6 –8 1
14   Iran 3 0 0 3 2 6 –4 0
15   United States 3 0 0 3 3 8 –5 0
16   Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 0 3 2 9 –7 0

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