La Selección and the Golden Eaglets are about to face off in the tournament's showpiece contest, with the magnificent Seoul FIFA World Cup Stadium providing a fitting venue for Sunday's eagerly awaited tussle. Will Spain clinch their first world crown in the category or will heavyweights Nigeria land a knockout blow for their third U-17 title?
Most of the talk in the build-up up to Sunday's showdown has revolved around how Spain coach Juan Santisteban will approach the game without Bojan, his on-field general and leading marksman. With the ebullient talisman suspended and Jordi still carrying an injury, the Spanish will have to do without two men who have provided eight of their 13 goals at Korea 2007 to date. The man entrusted with the task of leading the line is sure to be three-goal Dani Aquino, and after two leg-sapping ties in the last week, the Iberians will need to box clever and keep enough energy in the tank should the Final go the distance.
Things look a lot brighter for Nigeria boss Yemi Tella, who seemed to have found the ideal blend in Thursday's semi-final against Germany, restricting the free-scoring Europeans to a single goal. If the Golden Eaglets can maintain their defensive equilibrium on Sunday, they should have every chance of sinking the Spanish, particularly with such a potent front line at their disposal, spearheaded with elan by Macauley Chrisantus, the tournament's leading scorer with seven goals.
The only player suspended from the Final is Bojan, who picked up two yellow cards against Ghana. Also missing for Spain will be midfielder Jordi, who has failed to recover from his ankle injury. For their part, the Nigerians are sweating on the fitness of skipper Lukman Haruna, who hobbled off early against Germany.
This is the second time the two countries have faced each other at a FIFA U-17 World Cup finals. Back at Ecuador 1995 the Nigerians prevailed 2-1 in the group phase.
Spain are limbering up for their third Final in the competition, having come off second best on the previous two occasions, losing to Ghana 1-0 at Italy 1991, and to Brazil by the same scoreline at Finland 2003. The Africans have made four Final appearances to date, winning twice: 2-0 against West Germany at China 1985, and 2-1 against neighbours Ghana in Japan eight years later. Their two defeats came at Canada 1987, where they lost on penalties to the former Soviet Union, and at Trinidad and Tobago 2001, where France romped to a 3-0 win.
Sunday's Final will be the fifth between European and African representatives, with the two continents sharing the spoils to date, Europe emerging triumphant in 1987 and 2001, and Africa in 1985 and 1991.
"Bojan is a huge loss for us, we all know that, but we'll just have to try and work round it, and if we do come up against an African side again, it's quite likely we'll approach it in the same way as the Ghana game. We came here to reach the Final, and now we're going for the title." Juan Santisteban, Spain coach.
"We are ready to beat Spain. We came to Korea to win the World Cup and we are just a game away from achieving that. The fact Bojan is not playing does not change anything for us, as we never use man-to-man marking against anyone. Not just that, we've also got Macauley [Chrisantus], who is every bit as good if not better than him." Yemi Tella, Nigeria coach.