FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009

06 - 28 October

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2009

Which graduate will go furthest?


With alumni that includes the likes of Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi, the FIFA U-20 and U-17 World Cups’ reputation for unearthing spectacular talent is well deserved.

Consequently, all eyes were on Egypt and Nigeria respectively this year as the world’s best youngsters descended on Africa to battle it out for glory and global recognition. As always, the spectacle was memorable, with scores of erstwhile unknown teenagers announcing their arrival on the world stage with performances that thrilled fans and neutrals alike.

Nor were these emerging talents restricted to the game’s superpowers, with exceptional individuals from nations such as Costa Rica, Hungary, Colombia and surprise U-17 champions Switzerland all helping to upset the traditional order. However, while the young stars who illuminated the U-20 and U-17 showpieces may be too numerous to list, the transition from promising youngster to accomplished senior pro is notoriously fraught with difficulties.

That’s why we want you, the users, to single out which of the U-20 and U-17 stand-outs is best equipped to become a world star by telling us: Which graduate will go furthest?

Jus click 'Add your comment' to share your thoughts, making sure to keep your posts clean, respectful, on-topic and in English. And if your memory needs refresing, remember you can still watch highlights of each and every match at Egypt 2009 and Nigeria 2009 by visiting the respective Tournament sections here at

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