FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Brazil hold the joint-appearance record for the competition along with USA: 17 in all, including this year’s finals. The only tournament they have missed to date was Japan 1993. Winners in 1997, 1999 and 2003, the Brazilians have finished runners-up twice (in 1995 and 2005) and third twice (in 1985 and 2017).
The road to Brazil
A Seleção went into the South American U-17 Championships knowing they were guaranteed a place at the global finals as hosts. The tournament did not go well for them, as they were eliminated in the first round for the first time in their history. Having beaten Colombia and Paraguay and drawn with Uruguay, the Brazilians lost 3-0 to Argentina in their final match to finish fourth on goal difference, just short of a place in the final six-team round.
After a modest goalkeeping career, Guilherme Dalla Dea trained as a PE teacher and then climbed through the ranks as a youth coach. An impressive stint at Sao Paulo led to him being appointed national U-15 team coach by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in 2015. Promoted to the U-17 job two years later, he has a very clear philosophy: “Brazilian football has a duty to entertain.”
Did you know?
- Forward Kaio Jorge, one of the stars of the team, but one who missed the South American qualifiers, is the sixth-youngest player in history to represent Santos, having done so in October 2018 at the age of 16 years and eight months. The two youngest are Coutinho, who was only 14 at the time, and Pele, who was 15.
- Former Brazil legends Ronaldinho Gaucho, Geovanni (both 1997) and Adriano (1999) have all lifted the U-17 World Cup, while Marcelo was a runner-up in 2005.