FIFA U-17 World Cup record
The likes of Dani Garcia, Iker Casillas, Xavi, David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, David De Gea, Koke, Isco and Alvaro Morata have helped Spain admirably finish on the podium in six of their nine appearances at the tournament. La Rojita own, however, an unwanted tournament record of having lost in all four of the finals they’ve made – to Ghana, Brazil, Nigeria and England in 1991, 2003, 2007 and 2017 respectively.
The road to Brazil
A 1-0 win over Germany, courtesy of a goal from Juventus starlet Pablo Moreno, proved central to Spain reaching the UEFA U-17 Championship’s knockout phase, where despite monopolising possession in their nationally-trademarked fashion, they required penalties to sink Hungary and book a Brazil trip. La Rojita suffered a last-gasp defeat to the Netherlands in the semi-finals.
David Gordo coached in the Spanish lower leagues before beginning to work with the Spanish youth teams in 2013, initially as a fitness trainer and then assistant coach. Now in full charge, stamina, passing and movement are key to his tactics.
Did you know?
- Spain smashed New Zealand 13-0 in 1997 to record what remains the biggest victory in FIFA U-17 World Cup history. Then Real Madrid striker David scored four times in six minutes that day.
- Seven of Spain’s 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ winners are graduates of the FIFA U-17 World Cup: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres.