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FIFA U-17 World Cup Interesting Facts you must know!

  1. FIFA U-17 World Cup was earlier known as FIFA U-16 World Championship and started in 1985

  2. First Host Nation was China, It was held in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Dalian. Nigeria was 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship Winners.

  3. Nigeria is the most successful team being winner for 5 times (1985, 1993, 2007, 2013, 2015) and Brazil for 3 times (1997, 1999, 2003)

  4. Nigeria also won "Fair play Award" for maximum 4 times (1993, 2001, 2009, 2013) and second place shared by Argentina (1991, 1997) and Costa Rica (2003, 2007) by wining 2 times

  5. Nigeria played in 8 Finals

  6. Saudi Arabia is the only Asian country to win U-17 World Cup

  7. African Teams had the best performance in U-17 World Cup

  8. Mexico is the only Host nation to win U-17 World Cup

  9. France’s Florent Sinama Pongolle is the only player to win both Golden Ball and Golden Shoe Award

  10. Germany, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, England, Spain are champions of Senior FIFA world Cup but never won U-17 world cup.

  11. Nigeria, Ghana, Mexico, Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland won U-17 World cup by could not win Senior FIFA world Cup.

  12. The 2017 tournament marks the first time India have hosted a FIFA tournament and the first Asian hosted U-17 World Cup since 2013.

  13. Nigeria, previous U-17 World Cup title holders, failed to qualify for 2017. In failing to qualify, Nigeria became the first nation since Switzerland in 2009 to fail to qualify for the next edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after winning the previous edition

  14. The Lion City Cup is the first under-16 football tournament in the world.

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