1981 FIFA World Youth Championship

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1981 FIFA World Youth Championship
FIFA World Youth Championship Australia 1981
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Tournament details
Host country Australia
Dates 3–18 October
Teams 16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  West Germany (1st title)
Runners-up  Qatar
Third place  Romania
Fourth place  England
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 87 (2.72 per match)
Attendance 443,094 (13,847 per match)
Top scorer(s) West Germany Ralf Loose
West Germany Roland Wohlfarth
Egypt Taher Abouzaid
Australia Mark Koussas
(4 goals)
Best player Romania Romulus Gabor
Fair play award  Australia
Japan 1979
Mexico 1983

The 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship, the third edition of the FIFA World Youth Championship, was held in Australia from 3 to 18 October 1981. The tournament took place in six venues—where a total of 32 matches were played. Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney—The winner was West Germany, who beat surprising Qatar by 4–0, in a final held at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Qualification[edit]

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 1980 AFC Youth Championship  Qatar1
 South Korea
CAF (Africa) 1981 African Youth Championship  Cameroon1
 Egypt1
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
1980 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament  Mexico
 United States1
CONMEBOL (South America) 1981 South American Youth Championship  Argentina
 Brazil
 Uruguay
UEFA (Europe) 1980 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship  England1
 Italy
 Poland
 Romania1
 Spain
 West Germany1
Host nation  Australia1
1.^ Teams that made their debut.

Squads[edit]

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship squads.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Uruguay 6 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Qatar 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
 Poland 2 3 1 0 2 4 2 +2
 United States 1 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7
Poland 0 – 1 Qatar
(Report) Bilal 37'
Attendance: 17,200

United States 0 – 3 Uruguay
(Report) López Báez 5'
Aguilera 60'
Da Silva 67'
Attendance: 17,200

United States 1 – 1 Qatar
Devey 43' (Report) Bilal 56'
Attendance: 10,122

Uruguay 1 – 0 Poland
Da Silva 58' (Report)
Attendance: 10,122

Qatar 0 – 1 Uruguay
(Report) Villazán 52'
Attendance: 8,264

Poland 4 – 0 United States
Rzepka 17'
Kowalik 18'
Dziekanowski 65', 67'
(Report)
Attendance: 8,264

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 Brazil 5 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Romania 5 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
 South Korea 2 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1
 Italy 0 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5
Italy 1–4 South Korea
Mariani 83' (Report) Kwak 7'
Choi S.H. 12', 29'
Lee K.N. 88'
Attendance: 13,538

Romania 1–1 Brazil
Zamfir 82' (Report) Leomir 67'
Attendance: 13,538

Romania 1–0 South Korea
Sertov 5' (Report)
Attendance: 17,500

Brazil 1–0 Italy
Djalma Baia 56' (Report)
Attendance: 17,500

South Korea 0–3 Brazil
(Report) Paulo Roberto 48'
Ronaldão 61'
Jun J.S. 79' (o.g.)
Attendance: 9,000

Italy 0–1 Romania
(Report) Gabor 56' (pen.)
Attendance: 9,000

Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 West Germany 4 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Egypt 4 3 1 2 0 7 6 +1
 Mexico 2 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1
 Spain 2 3 0 2 1 5 7 −2
Spain 2–2 Egypt
Chano 65'
Nadal 74'
(Report) Abouzaid 6', 78'

West Germany 1–0 Mexico
Loose 2' (Report)

West Germany 1–2 Egypt
Loose 35' (Report) Helmi 31'
Abouzaid 54'

Mexico 1–1 Spain
Coss 75' (Report) Chano 45' (pen.)

Egypt 3–3 Mexico
Guillén 33' (o.g.)
Saleh 64', 71'
(Report) Vaca 18'
Farfán 28'
Ríos 69'

Spain 2–4 West Germany
F. López 72'
Fabregat 78'
(Report) Trieb 29'
Wohlfarth 47', 85'
Anthes 55'
Attendance: 14,120

Group D[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Status
 England 4 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 Advanced to the quarter-finals
 Australia 4 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1
 Argentina 3 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
 Cameroon 1 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3
England 2–0 Cameroon
Finnigan 57'
Dey 78'
(Report)
Attendance: 15,814

Australia 2–1 Argentina
Koussas 79'
Hunter 89'
(Report) Morresi 66'
Attendance: 15,814

Australia 3–3 Cameroon
Mitchell 9'
Koussas 53', 78' (pen.)
(Report) Olle Olle 17'
Djonkep 35', 52'
Attendance: 13,797

England 1–1 Argentina
Small 79' (Report) Urruti 57'
Attendance: 16,674

Cameroon 0–1 Argentina
(Report) Cecchi 6'
Attendance: 28,932

England 1–1 Australia
Small 82' (Report) Koussas 7'
Attendance: 28,932
Referee: Ioan Igna (Romania)

Knockout stage[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
11 October - Melbourne
 
 
 Uruguay 1
 
14 October - Melbourne
 
 Romania 2
 
 Romania 0
 
11 October - Canberra
 
 West Germany (a.e.t.) 1
 
 West Germany 1
 
18 October - Sydney
 
 Australia 0
 
 West Germany 4
 
11 October - Newcastle
 
 Qatar 0
 
 Brazil 2
 
14 October - Sydney
 
 Qatar 3
 
 Qatar 2
 
11 October - Sydney
 
 England 1 Third place
 
 England 4
 
17 October - Adelaide
 
 Egypt 2
 
 Romania 1
 
 
 England 0
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

Uruguay 1–2 Romania
Berruetta 60' (Report) Eduard 25'
Fisic 84'
Attendance: 14,800

Brazil 2–3 Qatar
Ronaldão 27', 78' (Report) Al-Muhannadi 10', 54', 87'

West Germany 1–0 Australia
Wohlfarth 69' (Report)

England 4–2 Egypt
Webb 41', 64', 82'
Cooke 60'
(Report) Abouzaid 28' (pen.)
Saleh 40'

Semi-finals[edit]

Qatar 2–1 England
Bilal 12'
Alsada 62'
(Report) Small 70'
Attendance: 12,476

Romania 0–1 (a.e.t.) West Germany
(Report) Schön 103'
Attendance: 15,000

Third place play-off[edit]

Romania 1–0 England
Gabor 36' (Report)

Final[edit]

West Germany 4–0 Qatar
Loose 28', 66'
Wohlfarth 42'
Anthes 86'
(Report)
Attendance: 18,531

Result[edit]

 1981 World Youth Championship Winners 

West Germany
First title

Awards[edit]

Golden Shoe Golden Ball Fair Play Award
Australia Mark Koussas Romania Romulus Gabor  Australia

Goalscorers[edit]

Mark Koussas of Australia won the Golden Shoe award for scoring four goals. In total, 87 goals were scored by 56 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

Final ranking[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  West Germany 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 10
2  Qatar 6 3 1 2 7 9 –2 7
3  Romania 6 4 1 1 6 3 +3 9
4  England 6 2 2 2 9 7 +2 6
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Uruguay 4 3 0 1 6 2 +4 6
6  Brazil 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 5
7  Australia 4 1 2 1 6 6 0 4
8  Egypt 4 1 2 1 9 10 –1 4
Eliminated at the group stage
9  Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
10  Poland 3 1 0 2 4 2 +2 2
11  South Korea 3 1 0 2 4 5 –1 2
12  Mexico 3 0 2 1 4 5 –1 2
13  Spain 3 0 2 1 5 7 –2 2
14  Cameroon 3 0 1 2 3 6 –3 1
15  United States 3 0 1 2 1 8 –7 1
16  Italy 3 0 0 3 1 6 –5 0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Actually Eritrea, as the FIFA anachronistically reports.

External links[edit]