FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017™
May 20 - June 11

FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017™

FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017™

Final Tournament Standing

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England soar as history-makers abound in Korea Republic

4,950 minutes of football. 140 goals. 52 matches. 24 teams. Two finalists. One champion.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 ended in scintillating style in Suwon as England won their first ever title at this level. Fittingly capping off a tournament graced by dazzling moments, both individually and collectively, the Young Lions and Venezuela put on a final befitting a fine three weeks of action.

FIFA.com looks back across the 21st edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The champions Heading into Korea Republic 2017, England were not widely considered as favourites but, having topped Group A, they grew into the tournament through a fast-flowing midfield - with their attack spear-headed by adidas Golden Ball winner Dominic Solanke - to seem the complete outfit. With adidas Golden Glove winner Freddie Woodman anchoring proceedings, they proved worthy winners thanks to their combination of defensive solidity and enthralling talent when going forward.

The hosts Korea Republic kicked the tournament off with a bang, seeing a sea of red erupting in the Jeonju stands as the Taeguk Warriors surged to a 3-0 win over Guinea on day one. The home side’s poster-boy, Lee Seungwoo, shone before helping them to their tournament highlight – a 2-1 win over Argentina – featuring a thrilling goal by the Barcelona starlet. While they could not match their best-ever performance of reaching the quarter-finals from four years ago, being eliminated by Portugal in the last 16, they left an explosive mark on the tournament’s early stages.

The entertainers Venezuela were rightful finalists thanks to their impressive record in front of goal, sinking 14 in seven games, with nine different names on the scoresheet. Undoubtedly, though, Zambia were one of the neutrals’ favourites, with their uninhibited attacking approach bringing goals at both ends. An incredible 22 strikes across five games were rattled in during the African champions’ matches in Korea Republic, with the Young **Chipolopolo scoring 12 of them.

The drama Last-minute goals were in plentiful supply across the tournament. No less than 24 of the tournament’s 140 goals were sunk in the final ten minutes. None were more jaw-dropping, though, than Samuel Sosa’s last-second free-kick to send Venezuela’s semi-final with Uruguay into extra-time. Seven of the 16 knockout games could not be decided in 90 minutes, with three going to penalties – all of which featured Uruguay, who won just one.

The records and numbers The top three sides in England, Venezuela and Italy all went home celebrating their best performances at this level, with La Vinotinto registering their finest ever showing on the global stage.

Having reached the last eight, Zambia too can reflect proudly on being their nation’s top U-20 generation, while Guinea and debutants Vietnam can both return with first ever points and goals. Fellow first-timers Vanuatu achieved the latter but, while points eluded them, 3-2 defeats to Mexico and Germany can still be cherished as proud moments for the islanders.

On the individual front, Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez claimed an exceptional spot in the history books as he became the first stopper to score in the competition – converting a penalty against Vanuatu. A special mention should go to USA’s Josh Sargent, who hit four goals to equal the Stars and Stripes’ U-20 scoring record while also becoming their youngest-ever scorer in the competition, aged just 17. Myer Bevan’s sensational strike for New Zealand against Honduras after 45 seconds, making it the tournament’s sixth-fastest ever, also deserves a tip of the cap.

Teams

Final ranking

  1. England

  2. Venezuela

  3. Italy

  4. Uruguay

Host cities Cheonan, Daejeon, Incheon, Jeju, Jeonju, Suwon

Goals 140

Awards adidas Golden Ball: Dominic Solanke (England) adidas Golden Boot: Riccardo Orsolini (Italy, five goals) adidas Golden Glove: Freddie Woodman (England) Fair Play Award: Mexico

MATCHES

Tournament News

CHEONAN, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 1: Riccardo Orsolini of Italy spits water during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Round of 16 match between France and Italy at Cheonan Baekseok Stadium on June 1, 2017 in Cheonan, South Korea.(Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SEOGWIPO, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 26:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters and a Lens Flare been added) Marcelo Torres of Argentina walks out the yunnel during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 group A match between Guinea and Argentina at Jeju World Cup Stadium on May 26, 2017 in Seogwipo, South Korea.  (Photo by Christopher Lee - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 24: Players of South Africa sing prior to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 group D match between South Africa and Italy at Suwon World Cup Stadium on May 24, 2017 in Suwon, South Korea.  (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
JEONJU, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 20:  The opening ceremony is held prior to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 group A match between Korea Republic and Guinea at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on May 20, 2017 in Jeonju, South Korea.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 11:  Dominic Solanke of England lifts the trophy in victory with team mates after the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Final between Venezuela and England at Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 11, 2017 in Suwon, South Korea. England defeated Venezuela 1-0.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 11:  Dominic Calvert-Lewin of England (16) celebrates victory with team mates after the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Final between Venezuela and England at Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 11, 2017 in Suwon, South Korea. England defeated Venezuela 1-0.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 11:  Captain Lewis Cook of England celebrates victory with the trophy  after the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Final between Venezuela and England at Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 11, 2017 in Suwon, South Korea. England defeated Venezuela 1-0.  (Photo by Alex Morton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 11:  Captain Lewis Cook of England lifts the trophy in victory with team mates after the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Final between Venezuela and England at Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 11, 2017 in Suwon, South Korea. England defeated Venezuela 1-0.  (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 11:  Players, officials and mascots line up prior to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Final between Venezuela and England at Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 11, 2017 in Suwon, South Korea.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 11:  Referee Bjorn Kuipers shakes hands with captains Yangel Herrera of Venezuela and Lewis Cook of England prior to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Final between Venezuela and England at Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 11, 2017 in Suwon, South Korea.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 11:  England line up prior to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Final between Venezuela and England at Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 11, 2017 in Suwon, South Korea.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 11:  Kyle Walker-Peters of England and Sergio Cordova of Venezuela battle for the ball  during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Final between Venezuela and England at Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 11, 2017 in Suwon, South Korea.  (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 05:  Players of Zambia arrive at the stadium prior to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Quarter Final match between Italy and Zambia at Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 5, 2017 in Suwon, South Korea.  (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CHEONAN, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 22: Dylan Andrade of Honduras waits to lead his team onto the pitch before the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 group E match between France and Honduras at Cheonan Baekseok Stadium on May 22, 2017 in Cheonan, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
JEONJU, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 23:  General view of the Argentina locker room prior to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 group A match between Korea Republic and Argentina at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on May 23, 2017 in Jeonju, South Korea.  (Photo by Alex Morton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SEOGWIPO, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 26:  Azariah Soromon of Vanuatu and team mates enter the pitch for their warm up during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 group B match between Germany and Vanuatu at Jeju World Cup Stadium on May 26, 2017 in Seogwipo, South Korea.  (Photo by Christopher Lee - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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