FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011™
June 18 - July 10

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011™

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011™

Final Tournament Standing

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Mexico’s date with destiny

Ever since the Estadio Azteca was announced as the venue for the final of the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, all neutrals and fervent local fans hoped the home side would reach the final. Not only did Raul Gutierrez’s fabulous side find their way to the ultimate match at the hallowed ground, but they beat Uruguay 2-0 to maintain their perfect record of seven played and seven won at the finals, lifting the trophy in front of nearly 100,000 fans in a record-breaking attendance figure for the junior competition.

Solid from back to front, the young Mexicans prepared for the tournament for well over a year, and the attention to detail showed. Led by outstanding strikers Carlos Fierro and Marco Bueno, they roared through the group stages, beating Korea DPR in their opener after going a goal down and then getting the better of both Congo and European champions Netherlands.

In the knockout phases, Panama, France and Germany felt the Mexican sting in tense contests. Uruguay were expected to be the trickiest test yet in the 10 July final, with Fabian Coito’s men preferring a tactical, counter-attacking plan to the kind of open football you often see at this age level. The Celeste indeed did put up stiff resistance, hitting the post twice, but Mexico made their fans jump for joy and lifted their second U-17 world title in the space of just six years.

“This is a special team,” said coach Gutierrez, himself a former Mexico international defender. “I love this team, I love my job and this is a wonderful day.” Mexico’s performances were such that the team swept the top-player awards, with Julio Gomez picking up the adidas Golden Ball, Jorge Espericueta grabbing the Silver one and Fierro laying hands on the Bronze.

New boys and German firepower

Tournament debutants were out in force in the finals in Mexico. Rwanda overcame their troubled recent past and even earned a point for their efforts in a tough Group C in Pachuca, while Panama reached the second round with a determined performance. Uzbekistan were the most impressive of the new boys, and they made Asia proud with a run to the quarter-finals with a stylish, short-passing game that was eventually cut down by the shrewd and clever Uruguayans on their way to the final.

History of another kind was made over in Pachuca as well. Canada goalkeeper Quillan Roberts managed to earn his side a draw against England after his long kick up the pitch bounced off the Hidalgo turf and into the back of the net. It was the first-ever goal scored by a goalkeeper at any FIFA football competition.

Deserving honourable mentions behind the smashing Mexicans are a number of teams that put on wonderful performances between 18 June and 10 July. Germany were the outstanding attacking force of the finals, scoring 24 goals in the space of just seven games, six of them coming from the impressive Samed Yesil, who set up a further five. Steffen Freund’s men were only bested after a dramatic 3-2 reverse to the hosts in Torreon in the semi-final stage.

Brazil, for their part, put on a show of flicks and tricks in their home base of Guadalajara with creators Adryan and Lucas Piazon and striker Ademilson leading the way. Their glory run came to an end, however, when they ran into the hyper-organised Uruguayans, who beat them 3-0 on the break in the last four.

Participating nations

Burkina Faso, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Rwanda, Australia, Japan, Korea DPR, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, USA, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay

Ranking

  1. Mexico

  2. Uruguay

  3. Germany

  4. Brazil

Host cities and stadiums

Guadalajara (Estadio Guadalajara), Mexico City (Estadio Azteca), Monterrey (Estadio Universitario), Morelia (Estadio Morelos), Pachuca (Estadio Hidalgo), Queretaro (Estadio Corregidora), Torreon (Estadio Torreon)

No. of goals

158 (an average of 3.04 per game)

Top scorers

9 - Souleymane Coulibaly (CIV)

6 - Samed Yesil (GER)

5 - Adryan (BRA), Ademilson (BRA), Yassine Benzia (FRA)

MATCHES

Tournament News

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JULY 10:  Leonardo Pais of Uruguay tackles Carlos Fierro of Mexico during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 Final match between Uruguay and Mexico at the Azteca Stadium on July 10, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Antonio Briseno of Mexico scores during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 Final match between Uruguay and Mexico at the Azteca Stadium on July 10, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JULY 10:  Gaston Rodriguez of Uruguay tackles Marco Bueno of Mexico during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 Final match between Uruguay and Mexico at the Azteca Stadium on July 10, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JULY 10: Rodrigo Aguirre and Guillermo Mendez of Uruguay tackle Arturo Gonzalez of Mexico during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 Final match between Uruguay and Mexico at the Azteca Stadium on July 10, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JULY 01:  Prof Jiri Dvorak the FIFA Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre talks to the media during a Football for Health press conference at the Ministry of Heath on July 1, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JULY 01: Prof Jiri Dvorak the FIFA Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre talks to the media during a Football for Health press conference at the Ministry of Heath on July 1, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JULY 01:  Dr Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos the Minister of Health poses with Prof Jiri Dvorak the FIFA Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the FIFA Medical Assessment talk prior to the Football for Health press conference at the Ministry of Heath on July 1, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JULY 01: (L-R) Decio de Maria Serrano the General Secretary of the Mexican Football Federation, Justino Compean Palacios the Vice President of CONCACAF and President of the Mexica FA, Dr Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos the Minister of Health, Prof Jiri Dvorak the FIFA Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre and Salomon Chertorivski Woldenburg the National Commissiner of the Social Health pose for a group photograph pior to a Football for Health press conference at the Ministry of Heath on July 1, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Rwanda and Burkina Faso in action during the CAF qualifiers in Rwanda.
Action from the CAF U-17 qualifiers in Rwanda.
Action from the CAF U-17 qualifiers in Rwanda.
Action from the CAF U-17 qualifiers in Rwanda.
Host Country - Mexico
Host Country - Mexico
Host Country - Mexico
Host Country - Mexico

Tournament News

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - JUNE 26: Souleymane Coulibaly of Ivory Coast celebrates a scored goal during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 Group F match between Ivory Coast and Brazil at the Guadalajara Stadium on June 26, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo by Gerardo Zavala/LatinContent/Getty Images)

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011

WOW! 'The New Drogba' Scores Four

4 Jun 2014

Quillan Roberts (R) of Canada celebrates with teammates a scored goal against England during a match as part of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011Group C at the Hidalgo Stadium on June 22, 2011 in Pachuca, Mexico. (Photo by Jaime Lopez/LatinContent/Getty Images)

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011

The best goalkeeper goal ever?

16 Oct 2013

MONTERREY, MEXICO - JUNE 24:  Teams of Mexico and Holland line up for the national anthems during the Group A FIFA U-17 World Cup match between Mexico and Holland at the Universitario Stadium on June 24, 2011 in Monterrey, Mexico.  (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011

The loudest anthem ever?

15 Oct 2013

Mexican players celebrate

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011

Mexico become world champions at the Azteca

15 Oct 2013

PACHUCA, MEXICO - JUNE 25:  Dejection for players of Canada as they leave the competition during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Group C match between Canada and Rwanda at the Estadio Hidalgo  on June 25, 2011 in Pachuca, Mexico.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011

Canadian youths frustrated by game goalkeeper

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Hideki Ishige of Japan tackles Kemo Wallace of Jamaica during the Group B, FIFA U-17 World Cup match between Japan and Jamaica at the Universitario Stadium on June 18, 2011 in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JULY 10:  Emerson of Brazil tackles Mitchell Weiser of Germany during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 3rd Place Playoff match between Brazil and Germany at the Azteca Stadium on July 10, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011

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TORREON, MEXICO - JULY 07: Samed Yesil of Germany competes for the ball with Carlos Guzman of Mexico during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 Semi Final between Germany and Mexico at the Estadio Torreon on July 7, 2011 in Torreon, Mexico. (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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