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1983 FIFA World Youth Championship

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Host country  Mexico
Venue(s)  7 (in 7 host cities)
Runners-up  Argentina
Start date  1983
Best player  Geovani Faria da Silva
Teams  16
Dates  June 2–June 19
Champions  Brazil (1st title)
Fourth place  South Korea
Top scorer  Geovani Faria da Silva
End date  June 19, 1983
1983 FIFA World Youth Championship
Third place  Poland national football team
Similar  1981 FIFA World Youth Ch, 1985 FIFA World Youth Ch, 1993 FIFA World Youth Ch, 1989 FIFA World Youth Ch, 1995 FIFA World Youth Ch

The 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship, the fourth edition of the FIFA World Youth Championship, was held in Mexico from June 2 to June 19, 1983. The tournament took place in seven venues — Guadalajara, Irapuato, León, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla and Toluca — where a total of 32 matches were played. The winner was Brazil, who beat Argentina by 1–0, in a final held at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium.


This edition still holds the record for average (36,099) attendances of the tournament's history. For many this edition was a kind of proof to Mexico to test the capacity to hold a FIFA competition after the designation from FIFA in May for holding the 1986 FIFA World Cup.


For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship squads.


All-Star XI
  • Goalkeeper: Luis Islas
  • Sweeper: Neale Cooper
  • Left defender: Kim Pan-keun
  • Central defender: Paul McStay
  • Right defender: Fabián Basualdo
  • Left midfielder: Roberto Zárate
  • Central midfielder: Gerald Vanenburg
  • Right midfielder: Geovani Faria da Silva
  • Left forward: Paul Moreno
  • Central forward: Bebeto
  • Right forward: Maurício Poggi Villela
  • Goalscorers

    Geovani of Brazil won the Golden Shoe award for scoring six goals. In total, 91 goals were scored by 61 different players, with only one of them credited as own goals.

    6 goals
  • Geovani
  • 5 goals
  • Joachim Klemenz
  • 4 goals
  • Jorge Luis Gabrich
  • 3 goals
  • Roberto Zarate
  • Stanislav Dostal
  • Shin Yon-Ho
  • Carlos Aguilera
  • 2 goals
    1 goal
    Own goals
  • Mikhail Agapov (playing against Brazil)
  • References

    1983 FIFA World Youth Championship Wikipedia