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1977 FIFA World Youth Championship

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Host country  Tunisia
Venue(s)  4 (in 4 host cities)
Dates  27 June – 10 July
Runners-up  Mexico
1977 FIFA World Youth Championship
Teams  16 (from 5 confederations)
Champions  Soviet Union (1st title)

The 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship was the inaugural staging of the FIFA World Youth Championship and was held in Tunisia from 27 June to 10 July 1977. The tournament took place in four venues — Tunis, Rades, Sousse and Sfax — where a total of 28 matches were played, the smallest number in its history. The winner was USSR, who beat Mexico by a penalty shootout, in a final held at Tunis's Stade El Menzah.


The Tournament Committee was chaired by FIFA Vice-President Harry Cavan, who had spearheaded the creation of the World Youth Championship.


For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship squads.

Group stage

The group winners advanced directly to the semifinals.


Guina of Brazil won the Golden Shoe award for scoring four goals. In total, 70 goals were scored by 49 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

4 goals
  • Guina
  • 3 goals
  • Hussein Saeed
  • Agustin Manzo
  • Luis Placencia
  • Vladimir Bessonov
  • 2 goals
    1 goal


    1977 FIFA World Youth Championship Wikipedia

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