2003 FIFA World Youth Championship

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2003 FIFA World Youth Championship
2003 الإمارات العربية المتحدة
Tournament details
Host country United Arab Emirates
Dates November 27 – December 19
Teams 24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) (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
Argentina 2001
Netherlands 2005

The 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship took place in United Arab Emirates between November 27 and December 19, 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Tournament[edit]

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.

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best four third-placed teams advance to the Round of 16

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Burkina Faso 7 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2
 Slovakia 6 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3
 United Arab Emirates 4 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2
 Panama 0 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3
November 27, 2003
20:30
United Arab Emirates  1 – 4  Slovakia
Al-Wehaibi Goal 72' (Report) Brezinsky Goal 5'
Halenar Goal 23'
Čech Goal 48'
Holosko Goal 81'

November 28, 2003
20:30
Panama  0 – 1  Burkina Faso
(Report) Bance Goal 81'

December 1, 2003
17:45
Burkina Faso  1 – 0  Slovakia
Zongo Goal 6' (Report)

December 1, 2003
20:30
Panama  1 – 2  United Arab Emirates
Gun Goal 36' (Report) Shehab Goal 18' (pen.)
Saleh Goal 80'

December 4, 2003
17:45
United Arab Emirates  0 – 0  Burkina Faso
(Report)

December 4, 2003
20:30
Slovakia  1 – 0  Panama
Pecovsky Goal 49' (Report)

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Argentina 9 3 3 0 0 7 3 +4
 Spain 6 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2
 Mali 3 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3
 Uzbekistan 0 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3
November 28, 2003
17:45
Argentina  2 – 1  Spain
Fernández Goal 50'74' (Report) Gabi Goal 25'
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)

November 28, 2003
20:30
Uzbekistan  2 – 3  Mali
Innomov Goal 18'
Geynrikh Goal 63'
(Report) Diarra Goal 4'
Berthe Goal 51'
Coulibaly Goal 90+1'
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Wilson de Souza (Brazil)

December 1, 2003
17:45
Mali  0 – 2  Spain
(Report) Juanfran Goal 16'
Sergio García Goal 77' (pen.)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)

December 1, 2003
20:30
Uzbekistan  1 – 2  Argentina
Geynrikh Goal 4' (Report) Fernández Goal 70'
Cavenaghi Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Abdou Diouf (Senegal)

December 4, 2003
17:45
Argentina  3 – 1  Mali
Ferreyra Goal 13'
Herrera Goal 26'
Diakite Goal 32' (o.g.)
(Report) Berthe Goal 48' (pen.)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

December 4, 2003
20:30
Spain  1 – 0  Uzbekistan
Iniesta Goal 15' (Report)
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Australia 7 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2
 Brazil 4 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1
 Canada 3 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2
 Czech Republic 2 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1
November 28, 2003
17:45
Brazil  2 – 0  Canada
Daniel Carvalho Goal 56'
Nilmar Goal 84'
(Report)

November 28, 2003
20:30
Czech Republic  1 – 1  Australia
Limberský Goal 24' (Report) McDonald Goal 49'
Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 8,200
Referee: Abdou Diouf (Senegal)

December 1, 2003
17:45
Australia  2 – 1  Canada
Brosque Goal 12'
McKay Goal 54'
(Report) Hume Goal 33'
Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 8,200
Referee: Kwon Jong-Chul (South Korea)

December 1, 2003
20:30
Czech Republic  1 – 1  Brazil
Limberský Goal 34' (Report) Adaílton Goal 37'
Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)

December 4, 2003
17:45
Brazil  2 – 3  Australia
Juninho Goal 75'
Dudu Goal 87'
(Report) Danze Goal 31'37'
Dilevski Goal 47'
Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)

December 4, 2003
20:30
Canada  1 – 0  Czech Republic
Hume Goal 80' (Report)
Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Horacio Elizondo (Argentina)

Group D[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Japan 6 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1
 Colombia 5 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3
 Egypt 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 0
 England 1 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2
November 29, 2003
17:45
Colombia  0 – 0  Egypt
(Report)
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

November 29, 2003
20:30
Japan  1 – 0  England
Sakata Goal 54' (Report)  
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Kevin Stott (United States)

December 2, 2003
17:45
England  0 – 1  Egypt
(Report) Moteab Goal 74'
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

December 2, 2003
20:30
Japan  1 – 4  Colombia
Sakata Goal 75' (Report) de la Cuesta Goal 35'
Castrillón Goal 43'
Aguilar Goal 65'
Rivas Goal 90+3'
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 7,200
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

December 5, 2003
17:45
Colombia  0 – 0  England
(Report)
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 9,210
Referee: Rahman Al-Delawar (Bahrain)

December 5, 2003
20:30
Egypt  0 – 1  Japan
(Report) Hirayama Goal 79'
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 11,800
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)

Group E[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Republic of Ireland 7 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3
 Ivory Coast 5 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1
 Saudi Arabia 2 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1
 Mexico 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3
November 29, 2003
17:45
Saudi Arabia  1 – 2  Republic of Ireland
Al-Mehyani Goal 49' (Report) Elliott Goal 18'77'

November 29, 2003
20:30
Mexico  1 – 2  Ivory Coast
de Nigris Goal 85' (Report) Tohoua Goal 19'
Koné Goal 58'

December 2, 2003
17:45
Ivory Coast  2 – 2  Republic of Ireland
Koné Goal 12'67' (Report) Paisley Goal 36'
Elliott Goal 74'

December 2, 2003
20:30
Mexico  1 – 1  Saudi Arabia
Pinto Goal 30' (Report) Majrashi Goal 15'

December 5, 2003
17:45
Saudi Arabia  0 – 0  Ivory Coast
(Report)

December 5, 2003
20:30
Republic of Ireland  2 – 0  Mexico
Paisley Goal 35'
Kelly Goal 85'
(Report)

Group F[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 United States 6 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2
 Paraguay 6 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1
 South Korea 3 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
 Germany 3 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2
November 29, 2003
17:45
Paraguay  1 – 3  United States
dos Santos Goal 6' (Report) Johnson Goal 53'
Magee Goal 68'
Convey Goal 81'
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

November 29, 2003
20:30
South Korea  2 – 0  Germany
Lee H.J. Goal 51'
Lee J.M. Goal 70'
(Report)
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)

December 2, 2003
17:45
Germany  3 – 1  United States
Huth Goal 47'
Trochowski Goal 60'
Kneissl Goal 63'
(Report) Whitbread Goal 77'
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Wilson de Souza (Brazil)

December 2, 2003
20:30
South Korea  0 – 1  Paraguay
(Report) Velázquez Goal 14'
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)

December 5, 2003
17:45
Paraguay  2 – 0  Germany
López Goal 39'
Haedo Valdez Goal 57'
(Report)

December 5, 2003
20:30
United States  2 – 0  South Korea
Johnson Goal 13' (pen.)24' (pen.) (Report)
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Egypt 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 0
 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 Round[edit]

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  

Knockout stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

December 08, 2003
18:00
Japan  2 – 1 (AET)  South Korea
Sakata Goal 82', Golden goal in the 105th minute 105' (Report) Choi Goal 38'

December 08, 2003
21:00
Burkina Faso  0 – 1  Canada
(Report) Simpson Goal 59'

December 08, 2003
18:00
Argentina  2 – 1 (AET)  Egypt
Cavenaghi Goal 27', Golden goal in the 114th minute 114' (Report) Metwaly Goal 42'
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 10,800
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

December 08, 2003
21:00
United States  2 – 0  Ivory Coast
Mapp Goal 7'
Johnson Goal 43' (pen.)
(Report)
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 3,210
Referee: Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)

December 09, 2003
18:00
Brazil  2 – 1 (AET)  Slovakia
Dudu Goal 83', Golden goal in the 100th minute 100' (Report) Sebo Goal 61'

December 09, 2003
21:00
Australia  0 – 1  United Arab Emirates
(Report) Matar Goal 89'
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: Wilson de Souza (Brazil)

December 09, 2003
18:00
Paraguay  0 – 1  Spain
(Report) Sergio García Goal 66'

December 09, 2003
21:00
Republic of Ireland  2 – 3 (AET)  Colombia
Doyle Goal 85'
McCarthy Goal 90+2'
(Report) Perea Goal 11'
Montaño Goal 70'
Carrillo Golden goal in the 106th minute 106'

Quarter-finals[edit]

December 12, 2003
18:00
Canada  1 – 2 (AET)  Spain
Hume Goal 53' (Report) Iniesta Goal 35'
Arizmendi Golden goal in the 97th minute 97'

December 12, 2003
21:00
United States  1 – 2 (AET)  Argentina
Convey Goal 59' (Report) Mascherano Goal 90+4'
Cavenaghi Golden goal in the 104th minute 104'  (pen.)

December 12, 2003
18:00
Colombia  1 – 0  United Arab Emirates
Montaño Goal 14' (Report)
Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Horacio Elizondo (Argentina)

December 12, 2003
21:00
Japan  1 – 5  Brazil
Hirayama Goal 89' (Report) Carvalho Goal 2'13'
Kléber Goal 15'
Nilmar Goal 34'90+1'
Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)

Semi-finals[edit]

December 15, 2003
18:00
Brazil  1 – 0  Argentina
Dudu Goal 65' (Report)

December 15, 2003
21:00
Spain  1 – 0  Colombia
Iniesta Goal 86' (pen.) (Report)
Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 5,700
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

Third place play-off[edit]

December 19, 2003
18:00
Colombia  2 – 1  Argentina
Carrillo Goal 16'
Castrillón Goal 62'
(Report) Ferreyra Goal 45+1'

Final[edit]

December 19, 2003
20:45
Spain  0 – 1  Brazil
(Report) Fernandinho Goal 87'
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)

Result[edit]

 2003 FIFA World Youth Champions 

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

Awards[edit]

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

Goalscorers[edit]

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

External links[edit]