Fifa U-17 World Cup: Peru 2005

Peru welcomes the world in the Fifa U17 World Cup 2005. The Fifa world youth championship information is here, minute by minute, with the future world soccer stars.


Championship Groups
Peru Uruguay Cote d'Ivoire Netherlands
Ghana Mexico Italy Qatar
China Turkey Korea DPR Brazil
Costa Rica Australia USA Gambia

Monday, January 30, 2006

Thank you for visiting Peru!

After a great U-17 World Cup in Peru, we want to thank to all the fans who visited the country to enjoy the tournament and the beautiful country we have. Our multi-ecosystem ground has several amazing areas. From snowy mountains to tropical forests, from hot deserts to mystical Inka ruins (like Machu Picchu) the tourist had the mos unforgettable adventure here in Peru. Now, from the cosmopolitan city of Lima, our staff wants to say thank you and give a warm hug to the whole world.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Barcelona elated with Mexican Dos Santos performance

Barcelona chiefs are delighted with the impact Giovanni Dos Santos' success at the U17 World Cup has made in his home country of Mexico. Dos Santos, who is already being likened to Ronaldinho, captained Mexico to their first World Cup triumph this week, which led to wild celebrations across the country.

Barca already boasts football academies in Mexico and Dos Santos' popularity is sure to strengthen the club's name in the Central American country.

Dos Santos has been contracted to Barca since he was 13 years of age and even back then was a player many big clubs were aware of.

His father and agent, former Brazilian striker Zizinho, revealed: "There were many great clubs from Europe that wanted him. But we liked the option of Barcelona the best."

Dos Santos is now returning to take his place with Barca 'B', but could follow Lionel Messi's lead and be given a taste of first team action by coach Frank Rijkaard later this season.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Greatful Welcome to the World Champions in Mexico

Mexican President Vicente Fox greeted the U-17 national team for the World Cup they won over Brazil. The Mexican Team were invited by Fox to the President's house in Los Pinos. Hundreds of people went out all over the streets and followed the champions' bus way. The fans also were eager to welcome the teams at the international airport.

the reception surprised players and directives, who faced the mass that gathered around the bus. At the begining, the bus way was easy to drive, but on Morelos Avenue, thousand of persons started cheering up their team. They are now the proud of millions of mexicans who treat this young players for what they are: World Champions.

Mexico World Champions

Mexico won the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 with an unquestionable 3-0 victory over reigning champions Brazil. Timely strikes from Carlos Vela, Omar Esparza and Ever Guzmán helped the Aztec side dominate proceedings and lift a FIFA World Championship crown for the first time in their history.

The opening minutes were very tight as both sides sized each other up. While Brazil had the better of the early possession, it was El Tri who almost grabbed the opening goal with a lighting fast counter attack. It was during these opening exchanges that an incident occurred that would shape the course of the game.

The Brazilian striker Anderson, who had been one of his side's leading players throughout the tournament, was forced to go off after just 15 minutes with a badly injured ankle. Without their orchestrator-in-chief, the Auriverde lacked incisiveness and clarity up front, allowing Mexico to take control of the game.

It came as no surprise when the young tricolores took the lead just past the half-hour mark, nor that the goal stemmed from their mercurial playmaker Giovanni Dos Santos. After peeling away from two defenders wide on the right, the Barcelona player swung in a textbook cross right-foot cross for Carlos Vela, who, after getting goal-side of his marker, put his diving header into bottom right-hand corner (1-0, 31').

While Mexico's opening goal had been on the cards for some time, their second caught almost everyone by surprise. César Villaluz won back possession after Brazil had restarted before floating a weighted ball through for Esparza. The young Chivas midfielder caught it first time, steering a dipping half-volley across Felipe and inside the far post (2-0 32').

With the North Americans keen to take their lead into the break, they sat back somewhat and allowed Brazil to seize the initiative. The defending champions tried valiantly to cut the deficit, but found Sergio Arias in excellent form. The gifted shot-stopper made two superb saves either side of half time to keep his side's two-goal lead intact.

The second half followed a similar pattern, with Brazil failing to capitalise on their few chances and Jesús Ramírez's side content to soak up the pressure and wait for their chance on the break. When it finally arrived, it was fitting that the final word should go to the team's "super-sub" Ever Guzmán who, after being on the pitch for just ten minutes, scored his fourth of the competition after a quickly taken free kick (3-0 86'). It was to prove the death knell for Brazil and hand Mexico their first FIFA World Championship title.

After celebrating with his players at the final whistle, Mexico coach Jesús Ramírez said that hard work had been the key to his side's success: "In spite of the score line, it was not an easy game. I didn't expect such a resounding victory, as Brazil are a good side. I'm thrilled to have won this tournament. My players were fantastic and played as a team. In the end that made the difference."

Giovani dos Santos, Mexico's best player in Peru, could not contain his joy afterwards: "This game is going to change the history of Mexican football. This is the best day of my life." Team captain Patricio Araujo, who became the first Mexican to lift a FIFA world championship trophy, was on the verge of tears as he said emotionally: "This is something very few people ever do. This one is for you, Mexico!"

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Brazil and Mexico to reach World Cup Glory

Brazil and Mexico will fight today to win the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 Final. In a game that has all the makings of a classic encounter, a newcomer to the big stage takes on the category's leading side, with kick-off scheduled for 18.00 (local time) in Lima's National Stadium. The game can confirm the power of current world champion Brazil or give an unexpected title to a surprising Mexican squad. Both sides have lost just one game, both have had to go to extra-time on at least one occasion, and both expect to go all the way. Brazil are looking to add a fourth U-17 world crown to their enviable trophy collection, while Jesús Ramírez's team aim to become the first Mexican national side at any level to land a FIFA World Championship.

El Tricolor are expected to line up with the same eleven that proved too strong for the Dutch. One player guaranteed a starting berth is influential playmaker Giovani Dos Santos, whose father happens to be Brazilian. "Playing against Brazil doesn't have any special significance for me, because I was born in Mexico and I feel one hundred percent Mexican. Having said that, a final against a team of this calibre is always something to look forward to," remarked the FC Barcelona player. Meanwhile, Carlos Vela will battle it out with Igor and Ramón to see who comes out on top of the goalscoring charts. "That's the goal I set myself when I set off from Cancun, and that's what I hope to achieve on Sunday," the Mexican striker said.

Starting Squads:

BRAZIL: Felipe; Leyrielton, Sidnei, Samuel, Marcelo; Roberto, Denilson, Anderson, Ramón; Celso, Igor. Coach: Nelson Rodrigues

MEXICO: Sergio Arias; Efraín Valdez, Patricio Araujo, Christian Sánchez, Adrián Aldrete; Jorge Hernández, Héctor Moreno, Omar Esparza, César Villaluz; Giovani Dos Santos, Carlos Vela Coach: Jesús Ramírez

Turkey and Holland for the third place

Netherlands coach Ruud Kaiser still remembers that sad final defeat against Turkey in Italy some months ago. "We wasted an incredible number of chances in the first half, and luck deserted us." Now the Oranje team have a chance at redemption in the third place play-off of the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005.

Now that both teams have seen their dreams of World Championship glory shattered, it will be fascinating to see which of them can still focus and find the necessary motivation. The Dutch camp are still bitterly disappointed to have missed out on the final. "We were unfortunate against Mexico and it simply wasn't our day. It is a scandal that we are not in the final," claimed midfielder Niels Vorthoren. "The Mexicans converted every opportunity while we wasted a series of chances. I do not think Mexico were better than us."

It was scant consolation for the Dutch to be ranked among the best four U-17 teams in the world. "That is obviously satisfying but it is outweighed by the disappointment of missing the final." However, that is not to say the European Championship runners-up will be lacking in motivation: "The third place play-off is very important. We want to end the tournament on a high and the fact that we are playing Turkey gives us great motivation because it will be a chance for revenge for the European Championship final."

Blatter says: Perú 2005 has made history

FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrived to Lima and said that Perú has made history in football because of managing the first World Cup played completely on artificial surface. "Artificial grass is the future, just like youth is the future for Perú" said Blatter at Peruvian president's House.

The most powerful man in soccer world is in Lima to assist to the Final game of the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Brazil wins dramatic Semifinal over Turkey

Brazil won a thrilling FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 semi-final against Turkey in a seven-goal match. The ten-man Turks staged an amazing recovery from a 3-0 deficit at half-time to level the scores, but Brazil's Igor struck a last-minute winner to dash the Europeans' hopes of pulling off a minor miracle. The Final will now be between Brazil and Mexico, while Turkey play off for third against the Netherlands.

Turkey boss Abdullah Avci made one change to the team which triumphed 5-1 against China, Aydin Yilmaz replacing Ozgurcan Ozcan in the starting line-up. Brazil made two changes to the winning team from the quarter-final against Korea DPR, Samuel and Celso replacing Marcelo and the injured Renato.

Brazil could hardly have dreamed of a better start. With just 13 seconds on the clock, Anderson collected a wayward pass in midfield and supplied an inch-perfect lay-off for Celso to fire across Turkey keeper Volkan Babacan for the fastest goal of the tournament (0-1, 1). Turkey were visibly shocked by the dramatic opening and Brazil dominated the early exchanges, Ramon coming close but finding his way blocked on seven minutes.

Deniz Yilmaz had the Europeans' first opening after excellent build-up play from Tevfik Köse, but the striker's effort drifted narrowly wide. Prompted by Nuri Sahin and captain Erkan Ferin, the European champions finally began to settle after a quarter of an hour, but the South Americans had the more promising chances. Anderson's free-kick rebounded from the bar (17) before Brazil keeper Felipe comfortably gathered Sahin's shot two minutes later.

Anderson and Celso initiated a free-flowing move but Babacan turned Igor's shot round the post as the match continued to provide high-quality entertainment. Anderson set off on a mazy dribble a short time afterwards, skilfully evading the Turkish defence before clinically finding the net from 14 metres (0-2, 26) in a spectacular effort to mark the 100th goal at the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005.

The Turkish rearguard was still allowing the Brazilians too much room as the South Americans continued to exploit their individual ability. Caner Erkin might have pulled one back immediately after Brazil's second, and the missed opening looked doubly costly when Marcelo fired in from a tight angle only for Babacan to deflect the ball over his own goal-line (0-3, 32). Aydin Yilmaz headed one of the few Turkish chances wide five minutes before the interval, before captain Ferin collected a second yellow card and his marching orders a minute into first-half stoppage time to rub salt into the wound of a dismal opening 45 minutes for the Turks.

However, the Europeans were first off the blocks in the second period, Erkin latching onto Kose's through ball to net from 15 metres (1-3, 47). Babacan denied Celso on 51 minutes but the Turks were in do-or-die mood now and Felipe pulled off a brilliant save from Kose on 55 minutes. Ramon failed to gain any reward from a mesmerising thrust down the left flank after 64 minutes, but the resilient Turks refused to roll over and die, displaying impressive morale and team spirit in the face of adversity.

Mexico in the Final Game

Mexico achieved a historical victory when they swept aside the Netherlands in their semi-final at the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 in Chiclayo (4-0). The El “Tri” surprised European squad and completely dominated their opponents, who came into the game with a weaker-than-usual defensive line that was hit with another injury after just four minutes. In contrast, Mexico was solid as a rock at the back and were led by the unique talent of Dos Santos going forward. They can now look forward to Sunday's final against Brazil to reach the greatest glory in Mexican history.

Mexico started using counter-attacks and almost broke the dutch deadlock from one when Cesar Villaluz collected the ball following a sublime one-two and sent a lob over Tim Krul. It was a fantastic effort, but he was ultimately denied by a brilliant headed clearance on the goal-line from Erik Pieters, on for Van der Kooij (12'). The Cruz Azul striker refused to be silenced though, and his second attempt sent his team in front. Advancing down the right wing, he shook off his marker and raced towards goal with a blistering burst of acceleration before unleashing a thunderous shot that caught Krul off guard (1:0, 33'). The local crowd, largely sympathetic to the cause of the tricolores, exploded with joy and admiration. "I got the ball on the wing, accelerated and shot hard inside the near post. I'll never forget that moment or this day," declared Villaluz, as he left the changing rooms with a wide grin on his face.

The Dutch defence were clearly suffering on their left, where Villaluz advanced with impunity, and he broke clear again five minutes before half-time, only to graze the crossbar with a shot (40'). Mexico soon doubled their lead after the break, though, and in quite stunning circumstances too. Giovani Dos Santos made to take a free-kick in a dangerous position, but rushed into the area instead and, after being fed with the ball, sent a perfect cross from the left for Hector Moreno to head in (2:0, 50'). It was a goal worthy of any professional outfit.
It seemed to be a fatal blow as far as the confidence of the Dutch players was concerned, and that impression was magnified when Niels Vorthoren somehow missed an open goal after profiting from good work from Diego Biseswar (55'). The Oranje were obviously not at their best, and minutes later Krul managed to throw the ball straight to Vela. The Guadalajara striker accepted his gift with gratitude and sent back a vicious shot that just fizzed wide (59').

The third goal was not long in coming, however, and once again Dos Santos made a telling contribution. His visionary pass picked out Villaluz deep inside the area, and the forward beat Krul to notch up his second strike of the evening (3:0, 61'). That sounded the death knell for the Netherlands' hopes of making it to the final, and, as their heads dropped, Ever Guzman took advantage to hit the target one last time in the final minute (4:0, 90'). The scoreline was harsh, yet there was no mistaking the sheer superiority of the Mexicans on the day. Now they must wait and see who they are to face in the final on Sunday, but whoever it is - either Brazil or Turkey - they will have their work cut out against Jésus Ramirez's charges.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Brazil gets an important victory over Korea (3-1)

Brazil had to fight hard to win over Korea DPR on the extra time of their quarter-final clash at the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005. Often dominated during an intriguing match in Iquitos, the South Americans came through thanks to some merciless finishing, while their opponents suffered from naivety at the back and were unable to convert a whole raft of good chances. The Koreans nonetheless leave the competition with their heads held high, whereas Brazil can now look forward to facing Turkey in the last four.

After some first minutes of Brazilian control, Korea managed to get the ball and generate dangerous moves. The Canarinhos showed all their experience on the counter-attack, though, as Anderson slipped free on the left and cut back a gilt-edged pass to Ramon in the middle. The rest was straightforward, and it resulted in Ramon's fourth strike of the tournament (1:0, 48').

It was going to take more than that to dent the Asian side's belief, though, and Kim soon had Brazil in trouble as he led a lightning-quick break towards their goal. Embarrassing the entire defence with his movement, he then received the ball back from the wings and tried to work himself into a shooting position. He was unable to, but the ball cannoned around viciously in the area before the Aurivderde somehow cleared it to safety (72'). Their relief was nonetheless short-lived, and Korea DPR's efforts were finally rewarded when Myong Ho Choe whipped in a free-kick from the right that fell to Kim six metres out. Totally unmarked, the Rimyongsu striker calmly fired in the equaliser (1:1, 82').

That forced the game into extra-time, when the Koreans were once again the most creative team on show. But Brazil had clinical finishing on their side, and they went back into the lead following a clever one-two on the edge of the area between Ronaldinho clone Celso and Mauricio. Back from suspension after missing the last two matches, Celso collected the ball from his colleague and rifled a shot into the far corner (2:1, 97').

Korea DPR were struggling with exhaustion by this point, but they continued to surge forward at every opportunity. As a result, they left themselves vulnerable to counter-attacks, and they were eventually made to pay when Igor finished off a move from Ramon (3 :1, 120'), thus guaranteeing his side a place in the semi-finals against Turkey in Trujillo on 29 September.

Netherlands got to the Semifinals

The Netherlands entered into the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 after beating the USA 0:2 in a breathtaking match. Jeffrey Sarpong scored twice for the european team.

The game began intensely with the Netherlands dictating the pace. John Goossens sent a deep cross from midfield into the run of Diego Biseswar, only for the Feyenoord Rotterdam striker to kick the ball out beyond the far post (4'). The Americans did not have to wait long for their first chance, Preston Zimmermann firing over (8') after meeting a corner on the volley. The USA were growing in confidence and Quavas Kirk also shot over the bar just a minute later. A horrific incident followed when Kevin Alston left the field with a broken left tibia after a John Goossens foul (16').

Interrupted by the US player's untimely departure, the game lost momentum slightly and it was 15 minutes before entertainment resumed. Jeffrey Sarpong missed a good opportunity from 15 yards (38') before Kirk was thwarted by the assured goalkeeping of Tim Krul (39'). David Arvizu then found himself in a good position three against two shortly before the interval but Krul held safely on to his shot (43'). Just when the first half appeared certain to end in stalemate, the Netherlands struck: Vurnon Anita did the groundwork, and Sarpong fired home from eight yards to score the 0:1.

Neven Subotic's dismissal for a second yellow card with a quarter of an hour to play was a set-back for the US recovery effort, but Dutchman Jordi Buijs restored the balance in personnel when he also received a second yellow for a foul (78'). Jeremy Hall then sent a free-kick flying narrowly wide (79') before the decisive second goal came six minutes from time: Sarpong soared down the left wing, crowning his fine solo run with an ice-cool finish (0:2, 84'). Vormer could have made the result even more emphatic with a headed chance (89') before Sarpong missed a hat-trick opportunity (90').

Mexico defeats Costa Rica in Concacaf Derby

Mexico made a last-second equaliser to force extra-time before beating brave Costa Rica in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 at the Miguel Grau Stadium in Piura.

The much-heralded Mexicans, who will now face either the United States or the Netherlands the semi-finals in Chiclayo on Thursday, seemed destined to be heading out until two minutes from the end of normal time when they clawed their way back into the game and eased past the Costa Ricans as they tired in the decisive phase of the game.

There was more than a touch of good fortune about events when Costa Rica broke the deadlock after 67 minutes. In fact, it was truly bizarre. Esteban Rodrigues clipped in a hopeful corner, but Mexico substitute Edgar Andrade seemed to have it easily covered until his attempted clearance skewed horribly off his left boot. Defender Efrain Valdez could not keep the sliced, misdirected 'shot' out with his head despite a desperate attempt to clear it off the line and he was credited with the strangest of own goals (1:0, 67').

To their credit, Costa Rica withstood intense pressure well and retained enough menace on the counter-attack to leave Mexico under no illusions that they had a real fight on the hands to stay in a tournament they had previously vowed to win.

Costa Rica finally capitulated with just two minutes remaining and this time it was Mexico who had the rub of the green when it came to being fortunate as Valdez saw his shot from the edge of the box take a hefty deflection in a crowded penalty area and find its' way into the corner of the net to force extra time (1:1, 88').

Almost as soon as that got underway, Mexico classily fired their way into the lead, with Villaluz releasing supersub striker Guzman, who cracked an unstoppable, thunderbolt drive high past the helpless Quesada at his near post (1:2, 92').

Vela made matters safe for the Mexicans by heading well past the advancing Quesada to make it three just before the end of the first period of additional time (1:3, 105').

Favorite Turkey wins over China

Turkey got an unquestionable victory over China in their quarter-final match at the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005. The Iquitos fans witnessed a dominant display from the Turks that left a doughty asian squad reeling, and few would argue with the view that the European champions are now among the main favourites for the global title. They can now start preparing for the semi-finals, where they will face either Brazil or Korea DPR in Trujillo on 29 September.

"We gave our 100% as always and performed to a very high level," enthused Turkish coach Abdullah Avci after beating chinese team. "I'm glad and proud of the way we played, especially because it provided the crowd with some great entertainment. And that makes me pleased because the people of Iquitos have been very warm towards us. I'd really like to salute them."

A tropical weather greeted spectators and players alike in Iquitos, and it soon became clear that Turkey were more comfortable plying their trade in the 36°C heat. Ozgurcan Ozcan signalled their intent with an effort from the left with only six minutes on the clock, and the Ottomans did not have to wait long before finding the back of the net. Tevfik Kose was the player responsible for the breakthrough and he displayed great talent when, after being set free on the right by Nuri Sahin, he breezed past Cao Gu, cut inside and blasted his shot in at the near post (1:0, 10'). In spite of the sweltering temperatures, the public were quick to show their approval.

China struggled to get to grips with the encounter, but encouraged by the fantastic atmosphere generated by around 25,000 fans, they did their level best to hit back. Xuanhong Wang found himself in a decent position soon after when a free-kick eventually fell at his feet. Unfortunately, his shot flew harmlessly wide (16').

That was more danger than Turkey were prepared to countenance though, and they rapidly set about putting the game out of their opponents' reach. Ozcan worked himself into space on the left, only to fail to spot Sahin lurking unmarked in the middle (25'), but some nifty teamwork eight minutes later would more than make up for that lapse. Sahin whipped in a corner, Deniz Yilmaz flicked on at the near post and Caner Erkin was presented the easy task of stabbing the ball into an empty net (2:0, 33'). The calm assuredness of the Turks was impressive to watch and the Chinese looked set for more misery as long as they remained completely invisible in midfield.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Final Results

These are the last results of the first stage in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2005. The quarterfinals will begin on September 23.

Group A

Ghana - China 1-1

Perú- Costa Rica 0-2

Group B

México - Turkey 1-2

Uruguay -Australia 1-2

Group C

Côte d'Ivoire - USA 1-1

Korea DPR – Italy 1-1

Group D

Netherlands - Gambia 2-0

Brazil - Qatar 6-0

Brazil and Netherlands win Group D

Group D could hardly have had a worse start for the defending champions as they lost 3:1 to Gambia, though their defeat of the Netherlands was hailed as one of the greatest games in the championship and that turned fortunes around for coach Nelson Rodrigues and his team. A closing 6:0 goal fiesta against Qatar rocketed them to the top of the group and there is every reason to suspect that a side which looked in true danger of early elimination may yet go all the way back to the final again. Everybody expects the Brazilians to be skilful and so it is with this selection, with winger Anderson arguably the pick of the bunch. His performance against Holland was especially noteworthy, as was that of goalkeeper Felipe, who seems destined for an extremely bright future. Team captain Denilson is an inspired leader, while the goals of Ramon and Igor could provide the platform for a successful title defence.

Italy fails as USA and Korea go to the next stage

No one could have predicted the final positions in Group C at the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005. For in Chiclayo, it has been the quality of the Americans and the Koreans that has risen to the top. The stars and stripes have come out playing a slick, no-nonsense game, while the Koreans recovered from a stuttering start to showcase their main assets of frightening pace and technical prowess.

After loosing the classification against Korea (1:1), italian coach said: "We gave away goals by pushing too many people forward. It was very special to take part in the tournament, though. I would like to thank FIFA, the organisers and the wonderful people of Peru. We played three very tough games at the highest level. It has been a tremendous experience for my players and it's heartbreaking to have to say goodbye."

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