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2001 FIFA U 17 World Championship

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Host country  Trinidad and Tobago
Venue(s)  5 (in 5 host cities)
Runners-up  Nigeria
Dates  13 – 30 September
Champions  France (1st title)
2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship
Teams  16 (from 6 confederations)

The FIFA U-17 World Championship 2001, the ninth edition of the tournament, was held in the cities of Port of Spain, Malabar, Marabella, Couva, and Bacolet in Trinidad and Tobago between 13 and 30 September 2001. Players born after 1 January 1984 could participate in this tournament. Although France had only appeared once before at the FIFA U-17 World Championship, in Canada back in 1987 when they finished sixth, the current crop of French youngsters arrived in the Caribbean determined to emulate their illustrious elders' winning ways at France '98 and Euro 2000. And so it was, Jean-François Jodar's side showing maturity beyond their years. Aggressive in the tackle and tactically very organised, they oscillated between a 3-5-2 and 3-6-1 and were able to rely on two extremely gifted individuals from Le Havre: Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle, who won both the top scorer, with 9 goals scored, and Player of the Tournament awards. The young "Blues" won five of their six games, losing to Nigeria in the first round but getting their revenge in the Final. They hit five in a game on two occasions, against the USA (5–3) and Japan (5–1) in group matches, before brushing past two footballing giants, Brazil and Argentina (2–1 in both games) at the knockout stage and overcoming Nigeria 3–0 in the final to win their first ever FIFA U-17 World title.



The official mascot of this FIFA U-17 World Championship, Trinidad & Tobago 2001, was BEATS, the humming bird. Its outfit is the same as the home national team, red shirt, black short and red socks. It has Trinidad & Tobago 2001 on the chest.


  • 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship squads
  • Qualification

    The following 16 teams qualified for the tournament:


    Florent Sinama-Pongolle of France won the Golden Shoe award for scoring nine goals. In total, 102 goals were scored by 59 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

    9 goals
  • Florent Sinama Pongolle
  • 5 goals
  • Femi Opabunmi
  • 4 goals
  • Caetano
  • 3 goals
  • Maxi López
  • Anthony Danze
  • Wilfried Sanou
  • Armando Alonso
  • Anthony Le Tallec
  • Samuel Piètre
  • Karimu Shaibu
  • 2 goals
    1 goal
    Own goal
  • Julio Colombo (playing against United States)
  • Julius James (playing against Brazil)
  • References

    2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship Wikipedia

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