• The FIFA U-17 International Cup kicks off 26 October
  • Nigeria cleared the path with 5 U-17 global titles
  • We provide key information and figures from previous tournaments

As Brazil readies for the 18th version of the FIFA U-17 International Cup, a brand new alternative to make historical past arises for the 24 certified groups and their gamers.

FIFA.com brings you a sampling of what is at stake when Brazil 2019 will get beneath means on 26 October.

The heavyweights

No nation has gained the U-17 International Cup extra instances than Nigeria, who input this version of the contest with 5 titles in tow, maximum not too long ago elevating the trophy 4 years in the past in Chile. The Tremendous Eaglets additionally gained the inaugural match, hosted via China PR in 1985, and feature seemed in 8 finals.

Hosts Brazil had been champions thrice whilst showing in 5 finals, even though the Brazilians lead the Nigerians in all-time pageant wins, 53 to 46. Those also are the one two groups to effectively protect their titles: Brazil gained their 2d consecutively at New Zealand 1999 whilst Nigeria did it at Chile 2015.

The opposite repeat winners had been Mexico (2005, 2011) and Ghana (1991, 1995). El Tri are as soon as once more within the combine this time round, however the Black Starlets and holders England are out of the operating, having neglected out on qualification.

The beginners

3 groups will probably be making their U-17 International Cup debuts: Angola, Senegal and Solomon Islands. A complete of 82 associations have taken phase within the pageant so far. Of the 24 that experience certified precisely as soon as, Switzerland are the one facet to strike gold of their lone look, lifting the trophy at Nigeria 2009.

The 2 new CAF contenders input a match wealthy with custom of African excellence – seven of the 17 editions had been gained via both Nigeria or Ghana.

Objectives galore

Brazil’s Adriano, Mexico’s Carlos Vela and, extra not too long ago, Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen have all walked clear of the U-17 International Cup as height purpose scorer and stepped as much as their senior squads in a while after. Osimhen set the best-ever file at Chile 2015 via discovering the again of the web ten instances.

4 gamers have netted two hat-tricks in the similar match: England’s Rhian Brewster (2017), Côte d’Ivoire’s Souleymane Coulibaly (2017), France’s Florent Sinama Pongolle (2001) and Germany’s Marcel Witeczek (1985).

The place stars are born

From the 17 earlier U-17 International Cups, 210 gamers have long past on to seem in a FIFA International Cup™, a listing that comes with stars like Carlos Tevez, Neymar and Son Heungmin. Just one in historical past has gained each competitions: Brazil’s Ronaldinho. Spain’s Cesc Fabregas and David Silva got here on the subject of equalling that feat, however completed runners-up on the 2003 U-17 International Cup ahead of changing into global champions at South Africa 2010.

The shortlist of gamers to seem at a U-17 International Cup and move directly to win the senior International Cup is not quick on big name energy: Emmanuel Petit, Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Xavi and Toni Kroos have all performed it.

Fabregas (2003) and Kroos (2007) had been each and every recognised as their respective match’s height gamers and awarded the adidas Golden Ball. Different recipients come with USA’s Landon Donovan (1999), who went directly to turn into the Stars and Stripes’ joint-top purpose scorer of all time. Emerging Manchester Town ability Phil Foden earned the distinction at India 2017.

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