1979 FIFA World Youth Championship

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1979 FIFA World Youth Championship
1979 FIFAワールドユース選手権
Tournament details
Host country Japan
Dates August 25 – September 7
Teams 16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Argentina (1st title)
Runners-up  Soviet Union
Third place  Uruguay
Fourth place  Poland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 83 (2.59 per match)
Attendance 454,500 (14,203 per match)
Top scorer(s) Argentina Ramón Díaz (8 goals)
Best player Argentina Diego Maradona
Fair play award  Poland
Tunisia 1977
Australia 1981

The 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, the second staging of the FIFA World Youth Championship, was held in Japan from August 26 to September 7, 1979. The tournament took place in four venues — Kobe, Omiya, Tokyo and Yokohama — where a total of 32 matches were played, four more than in the previous edition due to the addition of a quarterfinal round in the knockout stage. The winner was Argentina, who beat holders Soviet Union by 3–1, in a final held at Tokyo's National Stadium.

Qualification[edit]

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 1978 AFC Youth Championship  Indonesia
 South Korea
CAF (Africa) 1979 African Youth Championship  Algeria
 Guinea
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
1978 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament  Canada
 Mexico
CONMEBOL (South America) 1979 South American Youth Championship  Argentina
 Paraguay
 Uruguay
UEFA (Europe) 1978 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship  Hungary
 Poland
 Portugal
 Soviet Union
 Spain
 Yugoslavia
Host nation  Japan

Squads[edit]

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship squads.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Spain 4 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Algeria 4 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1
 Mexico 2 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1
 Japan 2 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1

August 25, 1979
16:20
Mexico  1–1  Algeria
Hernández 24' (Report) Yahi 67'

August 25, 1979
19:00
Japan  0–1  Spain
(Report) Zúñiga 51'
National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Marjan Raus (Yugoslavia)

August 27, 1979
16:20
Spain  2–1  Mexico
Joaquín 8'
Gail 74'
(Report) Diaz 56'

August 27, 1979
19:05
Algeria  0–0  Japan
(Report)

August 29, 1979
16:20
Spain  0–1  Algeria
(Report) Bendjaballah 15'

August 29, 1979
19:00
Japan  1–1  Mexico
Mizunuma 58' (Report) Romero 69'
National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Laszlo Padar (Hungary)

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Argentina 6 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9 Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Poland 4 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5
 Yugoslavia 2 3 1 0 2 5 3 +2
 Indonesia 0 3 0 0 3 0 16 −16

August 26, 1979
16:20
Poland  2–0  Yugoslavia
Pałasz 49'
Frankowski 76'
(Report)
Omiya Stadium, Omiya
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Augusto Lamo Castillo (Spain)

August 26, 1979
19:00
Argentina  5–0  Indonesia
Díaz 10', 23', 25'
Maradona 19', 39'
(Report)
Omiya Stadium, Omiya
Attendance: 15,500
Referee: Rolando Fusco (Canada)

August 28, 1979
16:20
Yugoslavia  0–1  Argentina
(Report) Escudero 55'
Omiya Stadium, Omiya
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Andre Daina (Switzerland)

August 28, 1979
19:00
Indonesia  0–6  Poland
(Report) Pałasz 11', 37'
Janiec 12'
Baran 22', 31'
Buda 73'
Omiya Stadium, Omiya
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Kazuo Yasudo (Japan)

August 30, 1979
16:20
Poland  1–4  Argentina
Pałasz 27' (Report) Maradona 7'
Calderón 23', 70'
Simón 35'
Omiya Stadium, Omiya
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Marcel van Langenhove (Belgium)

August 30, 1979
19:00
Yugoslavia  5–0  Indonesia
Smajić 5', 77'
Milosavljević 19', 63'
Mlinarić 73'
(Report)
Omiya Stadium, Omiya
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Toshio Asami (Japan)

Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Paraguay 4 3 2 0 1 6 1 +5 Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Portugal 3 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1
 South Korea 3 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2
 Canada 2 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2

August 25, 1979
16:20
Canada  3–1  Portugal
Segota 7', 66'
Nagy 79'
(Report) Grilo 46'
Chuo Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Juan Daniel Cardellino (Uruguay)

August 25, 1979
19:00
Paraguay  3–0  South Korea
Romero 5'
Cabañas 70' 74'
(Report)
Chuo Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Mohamed Hansal (Algeria)

August 27, 1979
16:20
Portugal  1–0  Paraguay
Ferreira 23' (Report)
Chuo Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Alojzy Jarguz (Poland)

August 27, 1979
19:00
South Korea  1–0  Canada
Lee Tae-Ho 63' (Report)
Chuo Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: George Joseph (Malaysia)

August 29, 1979
16:20
Canada  0–3  Paraguay
(Report) Romero 37', 58'
Isasi 40'
Chuo Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Morisaburo Kuramochi (Japan)

August 29, 1979
19:00
Portugal  0–0  South Korea
(Report)
Chuo Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Mario Rubio Vázquez (Mexico)

Group D[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Uruguay 6 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Soviet Union 4 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6
 Hungary 2 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4
 Guinea 0 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10

August 26, 1979
16:20
Soviet Union  5–1  Hungary
Ponomaryov 24'
Stukashov 41'
Zavarov 57'
Taran 71', 78'
(Report) Kardos 9'

August 26, 1979
19:00
Uruguay  5–0  Guinea
Molina 7'
Revelez 22', 74'
Paz 53'
Vargas 76'
(Report)

August 28, 1979
16:20
Hungary  0–2  Uruguay
(Report) Vargas 23'
Paz 35'

August 28, 1979
19:00
Guinea  0–3  Soviet Union
(Report) Olefirenko 6'
Mikhalevsky 59'
Radenko 80'

August 30, 1979
16:20
Soviet Union  0–1  Uruguay
(Report) Martínez 66'

August 30, 1979
19:00
Hungary  2–0  Guinea
Segesvári 17'
Kerepeczky 80'
(Report)

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
2 September - Tokyo        
  Argentina  5
September 4 - Tokyo
  Algeria  0  
  Argentina  2
2 September - Yokohama
    Uruguay  0  
  Uruguay (AET)  1
September 7 - Tokyo
  Portugal  0  
  Argentina  3
2 September - Omiya
    Soviet Union  1
  Spain  0 (3)
September 4 - Kobe
  Poland (PSO)  0 (4)  
  Poland  0 Third place
2 September - Kobe
    Soviet Union  1  
  Paraguay  2 (5)   Uruguay (PSO)  1 (5)
  Soviet Union (PSO)  2 (6)     Poland  1 (3)
September 6 - Tokyo

Quarter-finals[edit]


September 2, 1979
19:00
Argentina  5–0  Algeria
Maradona 25'
Calderón 34'
Díaz 39', 51', 66'
(Report)
National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: George Joseph (Malaysia)


September 2, 1979
19:00
Uruguay  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Portugal
Paz 94' (Report)

Semi-finals[edit]

September 4, 1979
19:00
Argentina  2–0  Uruguay
Díaz 52'
Maradona 74'
(Report)

September 4, 1979
19:00
Poland  0–1  Soviet Union
(Report) Ponomaryov 50'
Chuo Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Marcel van Langenhove (Belgium)

Third place play-off[edit]

September 6, 1979
19:00
Uruguay  1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 pen.)
 Poland
Paz 9' (Report) Pałasz 26'

Final[edit]

September 7, 1979
19:00
Argentina  3–1  Soviet Union
Alves 68'
Díaz 71'
Maradona 76'
(Report) Ponomaryov 52'

Result[edit]

 FIFA World Youth Championship 1979 Winners 

Argentina
First title

Awards[edit]

Golden Shoe Golden Ball Fair Play Award
Argentina Ramón Díaz Argentina Diego Maradona  Poland

Goalscorers[edit]

Ramón Díaz of Argentina won the Golden Shoe award for scoring eight goals. In total, 83 goals were scored by 48 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Final ranking[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Argentina 6 6 0 0 20 2 +18 12
2  Soviet Union 6 3 1 2 12 7 +5 7
3  Uruguay 6 4 1 1 10 3 +7 9
4  Poland 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 6
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Paraguay 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 5
6  Spain 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 5
7  Algeria 4 1 2 1 2 6 –4 4
8  Portugal 4 1 1 2 2 4 –2 3
Eliminated at the group stage
9  South Korea 3 1 1 1 1 3 –2 3
10  Yugoslavia 3 1 0 2 5 3 +2 2
11  Mexico 3 0 2 1 3 4 –1 2
12  Japan 3 0 2 1 1 2 –1 2
13  Canada 3 1 0 2 3 5 –2 2
14  Hungary 3 1 0 2 3 7 –4 2
15  Guinea 3 0 0 3 0 10 –10 0
16  Indonesia 3 0 0 3 0 16 –16 0

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