FIFA U-17 World Cup 2023: Every U-17 World Cup winner since 1985

FIFA U-17 World Cup: A Look Back at the Champions from 1985 to 2023

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2023: Every U-17 World Cup winner since 1985

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FIFA U-17 World Cup is the platform that helps the next generation of football stars show their talent and announce themselves on the bigger occasion of football. Ronaldinho, Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos, Victor Osimhen and Phil Foden are one of those stars who announced themselves in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The competition started in 1985 for players under the age of 16 with the age limit raised to 17 from the 1991 edition onwards. As Germany win their first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy, beating France in the penalties in Indonesia, we give you every FIFA U-17 World Cup champion since 1985.

Nigeria were the first-ever FIFA U-16 World Cup Champion in China in 1985.
Nigeria were the first-ever FIFA U-16 World Cup Champion in China in 1985.

Nigeria were the first-ever FIFA U-16 World Cup Champion in China in 1985. They defeated Hungary and Guinea in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively before defeating West Germany in the final by 2-0 to win the title. Jonathan Akpoborie and Victor Igbinoba were the goal-scorers for Nigeria.

Marcel Witeczek was the top scorer of the tournament with 8 goals.

Nigeria again were the brink of winning the title but they were denied by Soviet Union in the 1978 FIFA U-16 World Cup in Canada. Soviet Union won the final in the penalties by 4-2 after the match was drawn at 1-1 after the final whistle.

Moussa Traoré was the top scorer with 5 goals that season.

In the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Cup in Scotland, the home side nearly became the first-ever home side to clinch the title. However, Saudi Arabia defeated them in the final by penalties 5-4 to win the trophy in Hampden Park. This was Saudi Arabia's first-ever FIFA tittle.

Fode Camara topped the scoring chart with 3 goals in the tournament.

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Ghana became the second African nation to win the FIFA U-16 World Cup.
Ghana became the second African nation to win the FIFA U-16 World Cup.

Ghana became the second African nation to win the FIFA U-16 World Cup after they defeated Spain by 1-0 in Italy. Emmanuel Duah scored the goal in a stunning header to give Ghana the title.

Adriano and Nii Odartey Lamptey was the top scorer of the tournament with 4 goals.

Nigeria won the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the second time in their history. They defeated Ghana in the final as African Nation's dominance contunited in the tournament. Nigeria defeated Ghana by 2-1 in Tokyo to reclaim the trophy.

Wilson Oruma was the top scorer of the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Cup win 6 goals.

Ghana won the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Ghana won the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Ghana equalled Nigeria's record and became the FIFA U-17 World Cup champions for the second time in 1995 in Ecuador. Ghana's Black Starlets defeated Brazil 3-2 in the final with all of their goals coming in the first half.

Daniel Allsopp was the top scorer with 5 goals.

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Brazil became the first South African team to win the fifa under 17 World Cup in 1997 in Egypt. In a repIn a reply of 1995 fifa under 17 World Cups final brazil took the revenge on Ghana by defeating them by 2-1.

David from Spain scored 7 goals to be the top scorer of the tournament.

Brazil on the fifa U-17 World Cup in New Zealand for the second time in 1999.
Brazil on the fifa U-17 World Cup in New Zealand for the second time in 1999.

In 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil equalled Nigeria's record for winning the title second time and that too in consecutive seasons. They took the title back home after defeating Australia 8-7 in the shootout.

Ishmael Addo with seven goals won the Golden Boot award.

In 2001, Sinama Pongolle became the first player to win Golden Ball and Golden Boot both in  the same FIFA U-17 tournament
In 2001, Sinama Pongolle became the first player to win Golden Ball and Golden Boot both in the same FIFA U-17 tournament

France won their first-ever under-17 World Cup by defeating Nigeria in the final in 2001 by 2-1. Sinama Pongolle became the first player to win Golden Ball and Golden Boot both at the tournament with his 9th goal in the final.

Brazil won the FIFA under-17 title for the third time in four seasons by defeating Spain in the final by 1-0. Cesc Fabregas became the second player to win both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards as he took Spain into the final single handedly. Fabregas had scored five goals as a midfielder in the tournament.

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Carlos Vela celebrating his goal against Brazil in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final in 2005.
Carlos Vela celebrating his goal against Brazil in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final in 2005.

Carlos Vela's heroics in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup final stopped Brazil's dominance in the tournament. Brazil played 4th final in five seasons but had to surrender against Mexico as they were defeated in the final by 3-0.

Vela with five goals was the highest scorer of the tournament.

Nigeria won their third FIFA U-17 WC title in 2007.
Nigeria won their third FIFA U-17 WC title in 2007.

Nigeria won the ournament for the third time after being without a trophy in 15 years. They defeated Spain in the final penalty shootout 3-0 to claim their third title to equal Brazil's record for most FIFA U-17 World Cup titles.

Macauley Chrisantus with 7 goals won the Golden Boot Award while Toni Kroos won the Golden ball award.

Switzerland players after winning thr 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Switzerland players after winning thr 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Nigeria failed to defend their title at their own home in 2000 nine as they were defeated by Switzerland in the final. Haris Seferovic scored the lone goal in the final to give his team the trophy.

Borja scored five goals to win the Golden boot award.

Mexico in 2011 became the first ever team to win the title at their home.
Mexico in 2011 became the first ever team to win the title at their home.

Mexico won the tournament for the second time and became the first ever team to win the title at their home. Almost 100,000 fans, A record-breaking 100,000 fans attented the final at Estadio Azteca to witness El Tri defeat Uruguay 2-0.

Souleymane Coulibaly with 9 goals in the tournament became the then highest goalscorer in any FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament.

Nigeria won their fourth U-17 title in 2013.
Nigeria won their fourth U-17 title in 2013.

Mexico played back to back finals only to hand Nigeria their fourth FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy in 2013 in UAE. Kelechi Iheanacho's goal helped Nigeria beat Mexico by 3-0 in the final to become the most successful team in the tournament's history.

Valmir Berisha topped the goal scoring chart with seven goals.

In 2015, Osimhen with 10 goals became the player to score most goals in any FIFA U1-7 World Cup
In 2015, Osimhen with 10 goals became the player to score most goals in any FIFA U1-7 World Cup

Nigeria kept onNigeria kept on dominating the tournament as they became the first team ever to win the title 5 times. Victor Osimhen's brilliance helped them beat Mali by 2-0 in the final. Osimhen with 10 goals became the player to score most goals in any FIFA U1-7 World Cup.

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England defeated Spain by 5-2 to win their first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.
England defeated Spain by 5-2 to win their first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.

In 2017 India hosted any FIFA event for the first time in their history as England won their first ever title in the tournament's history. Guided by the strategic expertise of Steve Cooper, England marched triumphantly to the final showdown. There, in a riveting Kolkata duel, they secured a resounding 5-2 victory over Spain. The final witnessed Phil Foden, the recipient of the adidas Golden Ball, scoring two crucial goals.

Rhian Brewster was the top scorer of the tournament with 6 goals.

In 2019, Brazil became the second team to win the FIFAU-17 World Cup at their home.
In 2019, Brazil became the second team to win the FIFAU-17 World Cup at their home.

After Mexico, Brazil became the second team to win the FIFAU-17 World Cup at their home. They defeated Mexico in the final by 2-1 at Estadio Bezerrao as they won their fourth title.

Sontje Hansen with 6 goals topped the goal scoring chart.

Germany won their first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2023.
Germany won their first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2023.

Germany won their first-ever fifa under 17 World Cup in Indonesia by defeating France in the final. Paris Brunner and Noah Darvich propelled the Germans to a commanding 2-0 lead, setting the stage for what seemed like an assured victory.

However, the narrative swiftly shifted as Saimon Bouabre netted a rapid goal, injecting a surge of momentum into France's favour. In a dramatic turn of events, Mathis Amougou later secured an 85th-minute equalizer. The climax unfolded in a nerve-wrecking shootout, where Germany ultimately triumphed 4-3, marking the culmination of a gripping contest.

Agustín Ruberto with 8 goals won the Golden boot award.

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