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1987 FIFA U 16 World Championship

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Host country  Canada
Venue(s)  4 (in 4 host cities)
Third place  Ivory Coast
Top scorer  Moussa Traoré
Attendance  169,160
Dates  July 12–25, 1987
Runners-up  Nigeria
Start date  1987
Teams  16
Goals scored  82
1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship
Champions  Soviet Union (1st title)
Champion  Soviet Union national football team
Similar  2013 FIFA U‑17 World Cup, 2017 FIFA U‑17 World Cup, 1989 FIFA World Youth Ch, 2015 FIFA U‑17 World Cup, 1987 FIFA World Youth Ch

The FIFA U-16 World Championship 1987, the second edition of the tournament, was hosted by Canada and held in the cities of Montreal, Saint John, St. John's, and Toronto between 12 July and 25 July 1987. Players born after 1 August 1970 could participate in this tournament.



The cities of Montreal, Saint John, St. John's, and Toronto hosted tournament matches.

Qualified teams

Africa (African U-16 Qualifying Tournament 1987)

  •  Ivory Coast
  •  Egypt
  •  Nigeria
  • Asia (AFC U-17 Championship 1986)

  •  South Korea
  •  Qatar
  •  Saudi Arabia
  • Europe (UEFA U-16 Championship 1987)

  •  France
  •  Italy
  •  Soviet Union
  • North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF U-16 Championship 1987)

  •  Mexico
  •  United States
  • South America (Sudamericano Sub-16 1986)

  •  Bolivia
  •  Brazil
  •  Ecuador
  • Oceania (OFC U-16 Qualifying Tournament 1987)

  •  Australia
  • Host Nation Automatically qualified

  •  Canada
  • Squads

    For full squad lists for the 1987 U-16 World Championship see 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship Squads.


    Moussa Traoré of Ivory Coast won the Golden Shoe award for scoring five goals. In total, 82 goals were scored by 54 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

    5 goals
  • Moussa Traoré
  • Yuri Nikiforov
  • 4 goals
  • Philip Osundo
  • Sergei Arutyunian
  • 3 goals
  • Mickaël Debève
  • Fabio Gallo
  • 2 goals
    1 goal

    Final ranking

    FIFA awarded the Golden Boot to Moussa Traoré because Côte d'Ivoire had scored fewer goals than USSR.


    1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship Wikipedia