was the average match attendance in Colombia, the second-highest of the FIFA U-20 World Cup’s 18 editions, behind Mexico 1983 (36,099). However, the total of 1,309,929 spectators at this year’s event was a record, breaking the 1,295,586 set two years ago in Egypt.
minutes is what Portugal’s Mika went without conceding in Colombia, comfortably breaking Chilean Christopher Toselli’s 492-minute record for a keeper in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In the process, the Switzerland-born Benfica representative became the first goalie to keep six clean sheets in the competition. Mika was finally beaten by Brazil’s Oscar just five minutes into the final, with the goal equalling Jose Barkero’s effort for Spain in 1999 as the fastest in the tournament’s decider.
is the number of times Brazil (216), Argentina (143) and Spain (141) have now scored between them in FIFA U-20 World Cups, accounting for an incredible 24.8 per cent of the goals registered in a competition in which 83 nations have participated. A Seleção (18), La Roja (13) and La Albiceleste (6) collectively netted 28 per cent of Colombia 2011’s goals, though 15-goal Nigeria had its best goals-per-game ratio (3.0).
per cent of the last ten FIFA U-20 World Cups have now been won by South American teams. Indeed, after Portugal successfully defended their crown 20 years ago, Argentina have lifted the trophy on five occasions with Brazil’s conquest in Colombia their third since losing to Manuel Rui Costa, Luis Figo and Co on penalties in the 1991 decider. Only a Xavi-inspired Spain (1999) and a Dominic Adiyiah-spearheaded Ghana (2009) have interrupted the CONMEBOL monopoly over the past two decades. Furthermore, Spanish or Portuguese-speaking countries have triumphed at 12 of the past 13 editions of the tournament.
minutes is the average it took Spain’s Alvaro Vazquez to score his five goals in Colombia – more than a goal per half! The Espanyol forward was involved in all his country’s five games, though he started only the 5-1 win over Australia in which he scored thrice. Vazquez was also on target after coming on against Ecuador and Brazil. France super sub Alexandre Lacazette netted his five goals in an average of 70.6 per match, and became the only player to post four goals after rising from the bench in FIFA U-20 World Cup games.
matches unbeaten is the ongoing run Argentina are on in the FIFA U-20 World Cup following their five outings in Colombia (Walter Perazzo’s troops were eliminated by Portugal on penalties in the last eight), equalling the record Brazil set between 1989 and 1995. After losing their opener 1-0 to USA in 2005, the Lionel Messi-inspired Albiceleste won their next six games en route to the trophy. Argentina retained their title two years later courtesy of six wins and one draw, before curiously failing to qualify for Egypt 2009.
players have now won both the adidas Golden Ball and adidas Golden Shoe, awarded to the best player and leading marksman respectively, at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Brazil’s Henrique became the latest to do the double, emulating compatriot Geovani (1983), Argentinians Javier Saviola (2001), Lionel Messi (2005) and Sergio Aguero (2007), and Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah (2009).
goals is what made Oscar of Brazil just the fifth player to score a hat-trick in the final of a FIFA tournament. England’s Geoff Hurst was the first, completing his treble in the last minute of extra time to seal a 4-2 win over West Germany in the 1966 FIFA World Cup™ decider. Thereafter, Romario and Ronaldo netted three goals apiece as Brazil thumped Australia 6-0 in the FIFA Confederations Cup climax in 1997, before Kim Song-Hui repeated the feat in Korea DPR’s 5-0 reverse of China PR in the concluding match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup five years ago. Oscar’s contribution helped establish the match as the highest-scoring final in the FIFA U-20 World Cup’s 34-year history.
goals is the total which made England the first team to qualify for the second stage of a FIFA tournament without scoring. Brian Eastick’s team finished goalless against Korea DPR, Argentina and Mexico in Group F to reach the Round of 16 as one of the best third-placed sides, before losing 1-0 to Nigeria to extend their winless streak in FIFA U-20 World Cup contests to 14, breaking the tournament record they shared with Mexico. England have scored just once in their last 13 games in the competition.
is the goal difference with which Guatemala incredibly progressed to the Round of 16 – no team has ever qualified for the knockout phase of a FIFA tournament with a worse goal difference. Ever Almeida’s charges lost 5-0 to Nigeria and 6-0 to Saudi Arabia second time out. However, Marvin Ceballos’s solitary, 81st-minute goal against Croatia – consensually the most famous in Guatemalan football history – thrust the CONCACAF minnows through as one of the best third-placed teams, despite having average only 39.3 per cent possession in Group D. Guatemala then lost only 1-0 to eventual finalists Portugal in the last 16.