2003 FIFA World Youth Championship

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2003 FIFA World Youth Championship
2003 الإمارات العربية المتحدة
2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.jpg
Tournament details
Host country United Arab Emirates
Dates 27 November – 19 December
Teams 24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 7 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (4th title)
Runners-up  Spain
Third place  Colombia
Fourth place  Argentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played 52
Goals scored 119 (2.29 per match)
Attendance 592,100 (11,387 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Dudu
Argentina Fernando Cavenaghi
United States Eddie Johnson
Japan Daisuke Sakata
(4 goals)
Best player United Arab Emirates Ismail Matar
Fair play award  Colombia
Argentina 2001
Netherlands 2005

The 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship took place in United Arab Emirates between 27 November and 19 December 2003. The 2003 championship was the 14th contested. The competition was originally planned to be played earlier in that year, but was moved because of the Iraq War.

Venues

City Stadium Name Host club(s) Capacity
Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Stadium No host club(s) 66,000
Abu Dhabi Al-Nahyan Stadium Al Wahda 12,000
Abu Dhabi Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium Al-Jazeera Club 15,000
Al Ain Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium Al Ain Club 12,000
Dubai Al-Maktoum Stadium Al-Nasr Sports Club 12,000
Dubai Al-Rashid Stadium Al-Ahli (UAE) 18,000
Sharjah Sharjah Stadium Sharjah FC 12,000

Qualification

The following 24 teams qualified for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) AFC Youth Championship 2002  Japan
 Saudi Arabia
 South Korea
 Uzbekistan1
CAF (Africa) 2003 African Youth Championship  Burkina Faso1
 Ivory Coast
 Egypt
 Mali
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
2003 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament  Canada
 Mexico
 Panama1
 United States
CONMEBOL (South America) 2003 South American Youth Championship  Argentina
 Brazil
 Colombia
 Paraguay
OFC (Oceania) 2002 OFC U-20 Championship  Australia
UEFA (Europe) 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship  Czech Republic
 England
 Germany
 Republic of Ireland
 Slovakia1
 Spain
Host nation  United Arab Emirates
1.^ Teams that made their debut.

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship squads.

Tournament

The 24 teams were split into six groups of four teams. Six group winners, six second-place finishers and the four best third-place finishers qualify for the knockout round.

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Burkina Faso 7 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 Advanced to the round of 16
 Slovakia 6 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3
 United Arab Emirates 4 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 Panama 0 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3
United Arab Emirates  1 – 4  Slovakia
Al-Wehaibi Goal 72' (Report) Brezinský Goal 5'
Halenár Goal 23'
Čech Goal 48'
Hološko Goal 81'

Panama  0 – 1  Burkina Faso
(Report) Bance Goal 81'

Burkina Faso  1 – 0  Slovakia
Zongo Goal 6' (Report)

Panama  1 – 2  United Arab Emirates
Gun Goal 36' (Report) Shehab Goal 18' (pen.)
Saleh Goal 80'

United Arab Emirates  0 – 0  Burkina Faso
(Report)
Attendance: 13,000

Slovakia  1 – 0  Panama
Pečovský Goal 49' (Report)

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Argentina 9 3 3 0 0 7 3 +4 Advanced to the round of 16
 Spain 6 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2
 Mali 3 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 Uzbekistan 0 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3
Argentina  2 – 1  Spain
Fernández Goal 50'74' (Report) Gabi Goal 25'
Attendance: 15,000

Uzbekistan  2 – 3  Mali
Innomov Goal 18'
Geynrikh Goal 63'
(Report) Diarra Goal 4'
Berthe Goal 51'
Coulibaly Goal 90+1'
Attendance: 3,000

Mali  0 – 2  Spain
(Report) Juanfran Goal 16'
S. García Goal 77' (pen.)
Attendance: 6,500

Uzbekistan  1 – 2  Argentina
Geynrikh Goal 4' (Report) Fernández Goal 70'
Cavenaghi Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Abdou Diouf (Senegal)

Argentina  3 – 1  Mali
Ferreyra Goal 13'
Herrera Goal 26'
Diakité Goal 32' (o.g.)
(Report) Berthe Goal 48' (pen.)
Attendance: 5,000

Spain  1 – 0  Uzbekistan
Iniesta Goal 15' (Report)
Attendance: 4,000

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Australia 7 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2 Advanced to the round of 16
 Brazil 4 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1
 Canada 3 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 Czech Republic 2 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1
Brazil  2 – 0  Canada
Carvalho Goal 56'
Nilmar Goal 84'
(Report)
Attendance: 13,150

Czech Republic  1 – 1  Australia
Limberský Goal 24' (Report) McDonald Goal 49'
Attendance: 8,200
Referee: Abdou Diouf (Senegal)

Australia  2 – 1  Canada
Brosque Goal 12'
McKay Goal 54'
(Report) Hume Goal 33'
Attendance: 8,200

Czech Republic  1 – 1  Brazil
Limberský Goal 34' (Report) Adaílton Goal 37'
Attendance: 12,500

Brazil  2 – 3  Australia
Juninho Goal 75'
Dudu Goal 87'
(Report) Danze Goal 31'37'
Dilevski Goal 47'
Attendance: 10,000

Canada  1 – 0  Czech Republic
Hume Goal 80' (Report)
Attendance: 4,000

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Japan 6 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1 Advanced to the round of 16
 Colombia 5 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3
 Egypt 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 England 1 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2
Colombia  0 – 0  Egypt
(Report)
Attendance: 11,000

Japan  1 – 0  England
Sakata Goal 54' (Report)  
Attendance: 12,000

England  0 – 1  Egypt
(Report) Moteab Goal 74'
Attendance: 12,000

Japan  1 – 4  Colombia
Sakata Goal 75' (Report) De la Cuesta Goal 35'
Castrillón Goal 43'
Aguilar Goal 65'
Rivas Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 7,200

Colombia  0 – 0  England
(Report)
Attendance: 9,210

Egypt  0 – 1  Japan
(Report) Hirayama Goal 79'
Attendance: 11,800

Group E

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Republic of Ireland 7 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 Advanced to the round of 16
 Ivory Coast 5 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1
 Saudi Arabia 2 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 Mexico 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3
Saudi Arabia  1 – 2  Republic of Ireland
Al-Mehyani Goal 49' (Report) Elliott Goal 18'77'

Mexico  1 – 2  Ivory Coast
De Nigris Goal 85' (Report) Tohoua Goal 19'
Koné Goal 58'

Ivory Coast  2 – 2  Republic of Ireland
Koné Goal 12'67' (Report) Paisley Goal 36'
Elliott Goal 74'

Mexico  1 – 1  Saudi Arabia
Pinto Goal 30' (Report) Majrashi Goal 15'

Saudi Arabia  0 – 0  Ivory Coast
(Report)

Republic of Ireland  2 – 0  Mexico
Paisley Goal 35'
Kelly Goal 85'
(Report)

Group F

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 United States 6 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 Advanced to the round of 16
 Paraguay 6 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1
 South Korea 3 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
 Germany 3 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2
Paraguay  1 – 3  United States
Dos Santos Goal 6' (Report) Johnson Goal 53'
Magee Goal 68'
Convey Goal 81'
Attendance: 3,500

South Korea  2 – 0  Germany
Lee H.J. Goal 51'
Lee J.M. Goal 70'
(Report)
Attendance: 8,000

Germany  3 – 1  United States
Huth Goal 47'
Trochowski Goal 60'
Kneissl Goal 63'
(Report) Whitbread Goal 77'
Attendance: 6,000

South Korea  0 – 1  Paraguay
(Report) Velázquez Goal 14'
Attendance: 5,000

Paraguay  2 – 0  Germany
López Goal 39'
Valdez Goal 57'
(Report)

United States  2 – 0  South Korea
Johnson Goal 13' (pen.)24' (pen.) (Report)
Attendance: 8,000

Ranking of third-placed teams

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Egypt 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 Advanced to the round of 16
 United Arab Emirates 4 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2
 South Korea 3 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
 Canada 3 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2
 Mali 3 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3
 Saudi Arabia 2 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1

Knockout stage

Bracket

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
8 December            
  Japan (aet)  2
12 December
  South Korea  1  
  Japan  1
9 December
    Brazil  5  
  Brazil (aet)  2
15 December
  Slovakia  1  
  Brazil  1
8 December
    Argentina  0  
  Argentina (aet)  2
12 December
  Egypt  1  
  Argentina (aet)  2
8 December
    United States  1  
  United States  2
19 December
  Ivory Coast  0  
  Brazil  1
8 December
    Spain  0
  Burkina Faso  0
12 December
  Canada  1  
  Canada  1
9 December
    Spain (aet)  2  
  Paraguay  0
15 December
  Spain  1  
  Spain  1
9 December
    Colombia  0   Third place
  Australia  0
12 December 19 December
  United Arab Emirates  1  
  United Arab Emirates  0   Argentina  1
9 December
    Colombia  1     Colombia  2
  Republic of Ireland  2
  Colombia (aet)  3  

Round of 16

Japan  2 – 1 (a.e.t.)  South Korea
Sakata Goal 82', Golden goal 105' (Report) Choi Goal 38'
Attendance: 5,500

Burkina Faso  0 – 1  Canada
(Report) Simpson Goal 59'
Attendance: 5,000

Argentina  2 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Egypt
Cavenaghi Goal 27', Golden goal 114' (Report) Metwaly Goal 42'
Attendance: 10,800

United States  2 – 0  Ivory Coast
Mapp Goal 7'
Johnson Goal 43' (pen.)
(Report)
Attendance: 3,210

Brazil  2 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Slovakia
Dudu Goal 83', Golden goal 100' (Report) Sebo Goal 61'
Attendance: 12,800

Australia  0 – 1  United Arab Emirates
(Report) Matar Goal 89'
Attendance: 13,500

Paraguay  0 – 1  Spain
(Report) S. García Goal 66'

Republic of Ireland  2 – 3 (a.e.t.)  Colombia
Doyle Goal 85'
McCarthy Goal 90+2'
(Report) Perea Goal 11'
Montaño Goal 70'
Carrillo Golden goal 106'

Quarter-finals

Canada  1 – 2 (a.e.t.)  Spain
Hume Goal 53' (Report) Iniesta Goal 35'
Arizmendi Golden goal 97'

United States  1 – 2 (a.e.t.)  Argentina
Convey Goal 59' (Report) Mascherano Goal 90+4'
Cavenaghi Golden goal 104'  (pen.)

Colombia  1 – 0  United Arab Emirates
Montaño Goal 14' (Report)
Attendance: 13,000

Japan  1 – 5  Brazil
Hirayama Goal 89' (Report) Carvalho Goal 2'13'
Kléber Goal 15'
Nilmar Goal 34'90+1'
Attendance: 10,000

Semi-finals

Brazil  1 – 0  Argentina
Dudu Goal 65' (Report)

Spain  1 – 0  Colombia
Iniesta Goal 86' (pen.) (Report)
Attendance: 5,700

Third place play-off

Colombia  2 – 1  Argentina
Carrillo Goal 16'
Castrillón Goal 62'
(Report) Ferreyra Goal 45+1'
Attendance: 55,000

Final

Spain  0 – 1  Brazil
(Report) Fernandinho Goal 87'
Attendance: 55,000

Result

 2003 FIFA World Youth Champions 

Brazil
Fourth title
2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
 Spain  Colombia  Argentina

Awards

Golden Shoe Golden Ball FIFA Fair Play Award
United States Eddie Johnson United Arab Emirates Ismail Matar  Colombia

Goalscorers

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
  • 57 players with one goal.

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Brazil 7 5 1 1 14 6 +8 16
2  Spain 7 5 0 2 8 4 +4 15
3  Colombia 7 4 2 1 10 5 +5 14
4  Argentina 7 5 0 2 12 8 +4 15
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  United States 5 3 0 2 9 6 +3 9
6  Japan 5 3 0 2 6 10 –4 9
7  United Arab Emirates 5 2 1 2 4 6 –2 7
8  Canada 5 2 0 3 4 6 –2 6
Eliminated in the Round of 16
9  Republic of Ireland 4 2 1 1 8 6 +2 7
10  Australia 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1 7
11  Burkina Faso 4 2 1 1 2 1 +1 7
12  Slovakia 4 2 0 2 6 4 +2 6
13  Paraguay 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6
14  Ivory Coast 4 1 2 1 4 5 –1 5
15  Egypt 4 1 1 2 2 3 –1 4
16  South Korea 4 1 0 3 3 5 –2 3
Eliminated at the group stage
17  Germany 3 1 0 2 3 5 –2 3
18  Mali 3 1 0 2 4 7 –3 3
19  Saudi Arabia 3 0 2 1 2 3 –1 2
19  Czech Republic 3 0 2 1 2 3 –1 2
21  England 3 0 1 2 0 2 –2 1
22  Mexico 3 0 1 2 2 5 –3 1
23  Uzbekistan 3 0 0 3 3 6 –3 0
24  Panama 3 0 0 3 1 4 –3 0

External links

  • FIFA World Youth Championship UAE 2003, FIFA.com
  • RSSSF > FIFA World Youth Championship > 2003
  • FIFA Technical Report
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