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1979 FIFA World Youth Championship

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Host country  Japan
Champions  Argentina (1st title)
Fourth place  Poland
Dates  25 Aug 1979 – 7 Sep 1979
Best player  Diego Maradona
Attendance  454,500
Venue(s)  4 (in 4 host cities)
Runners-up  Soviet Union
Matches played  32
Top scorer  Ramón Díaz
Teams  16
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Third place  Uruguay national football team
Similar  1995 FIFA World Youth Ch, 1981 FIFA World Youth Ch, 1997 FIFA World Youth Ch, 1989 FIFA World Youth Ch, 1993 FIFA World Youth Ch

1979 fifa world youth championship

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.


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


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
  • Ramón Díaz
  • 6 goals
  • Diego Maradona
  • 5 goals
  • Andrzej Pałasz
  • 4 goals
  • Julio César Romero
  • Igor Ponomaryov
  • Rubén Paz
  • 3 goals
  • Gabriel Calderón
  • 2 goals
    1 goal


    1979 FIFA World Youth Championship Wikipedia