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1981 FIFA World Youth Championship

1981 FIFA World Youth Championship
FIFA World Youth Championship Australia 1981
Tournament details
Host country Australia
Dates 3–18 October
Teams 16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  West Germany (1st title)
Runners-up  Qatar
Third place  Romania
Fourth place  England
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 87 (2.72 per match)
Attendance 443,094 (13,847 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ralf Loose
Roland Wohlfarth
Taher Amer
Mark Koussas
(4 goals)
Best player Romulus Gabor

The 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship, the third edition of the FIFA World Youth Championship, was held in Australia from 3 to 18 October 1981. The tournament took place in six venues—where a total of 32 matches were played. Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney—The winner was West Germany, who beat surprising Qatar by 4–0, in a final held at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Qualification

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 1980 AFC Youth Championship  Qatar
 South Korea
CAF (Africa) 1981 African Youth Championship  Cameroon
 Egypt
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
1980 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament  Mexico
 United States
CONMEBOL (South America) 1981 South American Youth Championship  Argentina
 Brazil
 Uruguay
UEFA (Europe) 1980 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship  England
 Italy
 Poland
 Romania
 Spain
 West Germany
Host nation  Australia

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship squads.

Group stage

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Uruguay 6 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5
 Qatar 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
 Poland 2 3 1 0 2 4 2 +2
 United States 1 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7
3 October 1981
18:30
Poland  0 – 1  Qatar
(Report) Bilal 37'
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 17,200
Referee: Tony Boskovic (Australia)

3 October 1981
20:30
United States  0 – 3  Uruguay
(Report) López Báez 5'
Aguilera 60'
Da Silva 67'
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 17,200
Referee: Emilio Soriano Aladren (Spain)

6 October 1981
18:30
United States  1 – 1  Qatar
Devey 43' (Report) Bilal 56'
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 10,122
Referee: Tesfaye Gebreyesus (Ethiopia) [1]

6 October 1981
20:30
Uruguay  1 – 0  Poland
Da Silva 58' (Report)
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 10,122
Referee: Antonio Márquez Ramírez (Mexico)

8 October 1981
19:00
Qatar  0 – 1  Uruguay
(Report) Villazán 52'
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 8,264
Referee: Stanislas Kamdem (Cameroon)

8 October 1981
21:00
Poland  4 – 0  United States
Rzepka 17'
Kowalik 18'
Dziekanowski 65', 67'
(Report)
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 8,264
Referee: Tony Boskovic (Australia)

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Brazil 5 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4
 Romania 5 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
 South Korea 2 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1
 Italy 0 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5
3 October 1981
18:30
Italy  1–4  South Korea
Mariani 83' (Report) Kwak Sung-Ho 7'
Choi Soon-Ho 12', 29'
Lee Kyung-Nam 88'
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 13,538
Referee: Gastón Castro (Chile)

3 October 1981
20:30
Romania  1–1  Brazil
Zamfir 82' (Report) Leomir 67'
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 13,538
Referee: England)

6 October 1981
18:45
Romania  1–0  South Korea
Sertov 5' (Report)
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 17,500
Referee: Argentina)

6 October 1981
20:45
Brazil  1–0  Italy
Djalma Baia 56' (Report)
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 17,500
Referee: Jan Redelfs (West Germany)

8 October 1981
18:45
South Korea  0–3  Brazil
(Report) Paulo Roberto 48'
Ronaldão 61'
Jun Jong-Son 79' (o.g.)
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Hussein Fahmy Baheig (Egypt)

8 October 1981
20:45
Italy  0–1  Romania
(Report) Gabor 56' (pen.)
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Robert Valentine (Scotland)

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 West Germany 4 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2
 Egypt 4 3 1 2 0 7 6 +1
 Mexico 2 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1
 Spain 2 3 0 2 1 5 7 −2
3 October 1981
19:00
Spain  2–2  Egypt
S. López 65'
Nadal 74'
(Report) Taher Amer 6', 78'
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 7,504
Referee: Lee Woo Bong (South Korea)

3 October 1981
21:00
West Germany  1–0  Mexico
Loose 2' (Report)
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 7,504
Referee: Robert Valentine (Scotland)

6 October 1981
19:00
West Germany  1–2  Egypt
Loose 35' (Report) Helmi 31'
Taher Amer 54' (pen.)

6 October 1981
21:00
Mexico  1–1  Spain
Coss 75' (Report) S. López 45' (pen.)
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 14,120
Referee: José Martínez Bazán (Uruguay)

8 October 1981
18:30
Egypt  3–3  Mexico
Guillén 33' (o.g.)
Saleh 64', 71'
(Report) Vaca 18'
Farfán 28'
Ríos 69'
Bruce Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 8,150
Referee: Henning Lund-Sorensen (Denmark)

8 October 1981
20:30
Spain  2–4  West Germany
F. López 72'
Fabregat 78'
(Report) Trieb 29'
Wohlfarth 47', 85'
Anthes 55'
Bruce Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 14,120
Referee: Arnaldo Coelho (Brazil)

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 4 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2
 Australia 4 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1
 Argentina 3 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
 Cameroon 1 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3
3 October 1981
13:00
England  2–0  Cameroon
Finnigan 57'
Dey 78'
(Report)
Sports Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 15,814
Referee: Toshikazu Sano (Japan)

3 October 1981
15:00
Australia  2–1  Argentina
Koussas 79'
Hunter 89'
(Report) Morresi 66'
Sports Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 15,814
Referee: Alojzy Jarguz (Poland)

5 October 1981
15:00
Australia  3–3  Cameroon
Mitchell 9'
Koussas 53', 78' (pen.)
(Report) Olle Olle 17'
Djonkep 35', 52'
Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 13,797
Referee: Toros Kibritjian (Syria)

5 October 1981
15:00
England  1–1  Argentina
Small 79' (Report) Urruti 57'
Sports Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 16,674
Referee: Gianfranco Menegali (Italy)

8 October 1981
19:00
Cameroon  0–1  Argentina
(Report) Cecchi 6'
Sports Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 28,932
Referee: Mubarak Waleed Saeed (Qatar)

8 October 1981
21:00
England  1–1  Australia
Small 82' (Report) Koussas 7'
Sports Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 28,932
Referee: Ioan Igna (Romania)

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
11 October - Melbourne        
  Uruguay  1
14 October - Melbourne
  Romania  2  
  Romania  0
11 October - Canberra
    West Germany (AET)  1  
  West Germany  1
18 October - Sydney
  Australia  0  
  West Germany  4
11 October - Newcastle
    Qatar  0
  Brazil  2
14 October - Sydney
  Qatar  3  
  Qatar  2 Third place
11 October - Sydney
    England  1  
  England  4   Romania  1
  Egypt  2     England  0
17 October - Adelaide

Quarter-finals

11 October 1981
15:00
Uruguay  1–2  Romania
Berruetta 60' (Report) Eduard 25'
Fisic 84'
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Gianfranco Menegali (Italy)

11 October 1981
15:00
Brazil  2–3  Qatar
Ronaldão 27', 78' (Report) Al-Muhannadi 10', 54', 87'

11 October 1981
15:00
West Germany  1–0  Australia
Wohlfarth 69' (Report)
Bruce Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 13,780
Referee: Henning Lund-Sorensen (Denmark)

11 October 1981
15:00
England  4–2  Egypt
Webb 41', 64', 82'
Cooke 60'
(Report) Taher Amer 28' (pen.)
Saleh 40'
Sports Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 8,293
Referee: José Martínez Bazán (Uruguay)

Semi-finals

14 October 1981
20:00
Qatar  2–1  England
Bilal 12'
Alsada 62'
(Report) Small 70'
Cricket Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 12,476
Referee: Argentina)

14 October 1981
20:30
Romania  0–1 (a.e.t.)  West Germany
(Report) Schön 103'
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Robert Valentine (Scotland)

Third place play-off

17 October 1981
15:00
Romania  1–0  England
Gabor 36' (Report)
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 10,492
Referee: Henning Lund-Sorensen (Denmark)

Final

18 October 1981
15:00
West Germany  4–0  Qatar
Loose 28', 66'
Wohlfarth 42'
Anthes 86'
(Report)
Cricket Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 18,531
Referee: Arnaldo Coelho (Brazil)

Result

 1981 World Youth Championship Winners 

West Germany
First title

Awards

Golden Shoe Golden Ball Fair Play Award
Mark Koussas Romulus Gabor  Australia

Goalscorers

Mark Koussas of Australia won the Golden Shoe award for scoring four goals. In total, 87 goals were scored by 56 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  West Germany 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 10
2  Qatar 6 3 1 2 7 9 –2 7
3  Romania 6 4 1 1 6 3 +3 9
4  England 6 2 2 2 9 7 +2 6
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Uruguay 4 3 0 1 6 2 +4 6
6  Brazil 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 5
7  Australia 4 1 2 1 6 6 0 4
8  Egypt 4 1 2 1 9 10 –1 4
Eliminated at the group stage
9  Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
10  Poland 3 1 0 2 4 2 +2 2
11  South Korea 3 1 0 2 4 5 –1 2
12  Mexico 3 0 2 1 4 5 –1 2
13  Spain 3 0 2 1 5 7 –2 2
14  Cameroon 3 0 1 2 3 6 –3 1
15  United States 3 0 1 2 1 8 –7 1
16  Italy 3 0 0 3 1 6 –5 0

Notes

  1. ^ Actually Eritrea, as the FIFA anachronistically reports.

External links

  • FIFA World Youth Championship Australia 1981, FIFA.com
  • RSSSF > FIFA World Youth Championship > 1981
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