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  • FIFAfounded 1901


    FIFAWorld Youth Championshipfor the Coca-Cola Cup

    Final Competition

    Australia3-18 October 1981

    Technical Study Report

    English Edition

  • FIFAfounded 1904


    FIFAWorld Youth Championshipfor the Coca-Cola Cup

    Final Competition

    Australia3-18 October 1981

    Technical Study Report

    English Edition






    Dr . Jodo Havelange (Brazil), PresidentJoseph S . Blatter (Switzerland), General Secretary



    Harry H. Cavan (Northern Ireland)Members

    Hiram Sosa Lpez (Deputy Chairman) (Guatemala)Abilio d'Almeida (Brazil)Alfonso Senior (Colombia)Dr. Tefilo Salinas Fuller (Peru)Slim Aloulou (Tunisia)Mourad Fahmy (Egypt)Tadao Murata (Japan 1979)Dr . Ferdinand Hidalgo Rojas (Ecuador)Joaquin Soria Terrazas (Mexico)Hans Bangerter (Switzerland)Einar Jorum (Norway)Peter Velappan (Malaysia)Sir Arthur George (Australia 1981)Everwijn van Steeden (Observer : Coca-Cola Company)

    Secretary to the

    Joseph S . Blatter (Switzerland)Committee


    Peter Bonetti (Brazil)Karl Heinz Marotzke (Germany F.R.)Mawade Wade (Senegal)Sir Walter Winterbottom (England)Eric Worthington (Australia)

    Reproduction of extracts from or translation of this report is authorisedprovided the source is indicated . The original language is English ; transla-tions in French, Spanish and German are also being published .

  • Contents

    Production and Publication :FIFA/Berichthaus Zurich, Switzerland

    3 Foreword5 Introduction

    An Appreciation and some General Comments12 Team Preparation17 Technical and Tactical Evaluation ofTeam Performances -

    Germany FR 18Qatar 29Rumania 38England 44Australia 51Brazil 58Egypt 62Uruguay 70Poland 78USA 84Italy 89Mexico 93Korea Republic 101Spain 105Argentina 108Cameroon 112

    118 Statistics -The Referees' Squad 118Official Results 120Statistical Details ofthe matches 122Fair-Play Trophy - Final Classification 134Disciplinary Measures 136Analysis of Players used by the four Finalists 140Top Goal Scorers 142Spectator Figures 143Adidas competitions "Golden Ball" and "Golden Shoe" 144

  • Foreword

    One of my most cherished objectives when I becamePresident of FIFA in 1974, was that of encouragingthe development of association football in the moreremote parts of the world and in countries large andsmall, where the game was beginning to flourish . Iwas aware that the well-established national footballassociations in Europe and South America were insympathy with this aim and that many were alreadycontributing by sending coaches, referees and touringteams overseas .

    Yet, FIFA had a role to play, and though the wholescheme of furthering coaching and youth football de-

    velopment was readily supported by the FIFA Executive and other Committees, itrequired financial resources beyond the means of FIFA itself. We were fortunatethat The Coca-Cola Company, already enthusiastic about international develop-ment of football, agreed to offer generous sponsorship and to use its world-widenetwork ofpromotional enterprise and experience .

    It was against this background that I was confident that an organisation couldbe built up in FIFA to encourage the development of football throughout theworld. The projects of instruction through the international academies and coach-ing seminars have covered the continents, taking knowledge and expertise on im-portant aspects of the game to those in most need .The biggest test, however, was the organisation of a World Youth Competition .

    Following the bold initial venture in Tunisia in 1977, the Competition grew in sta-tus in Japan two years later, and now by its outstanding success in Australia hasfirmly established itself as a World Championship adding immensely to the per-spective of international football competition .

    I am most grateful to Harry Cavan, Chairman of the Organising Committeeand its members, and to J . S . Blatter, FIFA General Secretary and his crew, forsteering this competition on the right lines . In the space of six years it is a remark-able achievement, giving joint satisfaction to FIFA and the Coca-Cola Companywho can look ahead with confidence to the next Championship meeting in 1983 .

    Then, on behalf of FIFA, I offer congratulations to the Australian Soccer Fed-eration, headed by its President, Sir Arthur George . With a host ofvoluntary help-ers, they triumphed over set-backs and difficulties to stage a Championship whichis said to have provided the finest soccer spectacle ever seen in Australia . We hopethat the success of the Australian team and the interest aroused by the WorldYouth Championship will see the further development of soccer in that part of theworld .

    Dr. Jodo HavelangePresident, FIFA

  • Introduction

    Sports competition is about giving ofyour best to win- your best in training preparation and your best ofeffort and skill in every event . There is considerableinterest in "what makes a champion", whether in in-dividual sports or team games . Success spreads be-yond the sport itself. According to the level ofachievement it can influence life and industry in localcommunities, uplift a nation and promote wider en-thusiasm for the sport internationally . In Australiathe World Youth Championship provided both spec-tacle and achievement of immense benefit to the de-velopment of the game. There were many exciting

    games, stimulating the interest of spectators and that of many more people whowatched television .FIFA relies upon the Continental Confederations and member associations to

    organise the preliminary competitions to select fifteen teams to join the host coun-try to make up sixteen teams for the Final Competition . Some Confederations al-ready have a well-structured international youth competition from which to selecttheir best teams, but others have to work hard to overcome the problems of orga-nisation and travel costs to ensure that all member nations participate. Several na-tional associations are struggling to create youth teams with adequate facilitiesand coaching back-up so that a youth competition on a national scale can be orga-nised . They need all the encouragement and practical help that can be offered .

    It is to be hoped also that the increased significance of the Championship willencourage all member associations to overcome the conflict of interests betweenclubs and country to enable their best youth players to be selected and to havesuitable preparation . The attraction of the final competition is considerablydimmed when it is known that countries are unable to send the squads which qual-ified and that the new selection of players have had little or no preparation train-ing together.Youth is maturing in most sports at the age of twenty years . The stage of a

    World Youth Championship provides opportunity to display creative football ofthe highest standards in skill and competitiveness . Youth is inspired by idealism,and a heavy responsibility rests with the participating teams to play good, cleanfootball in a true spirit of sportsmanship, so that a watching world will also be in-spired by their performance . As the President, Dr . Jodo Havelange, firmly be-lieves, FIFA in promoting this World Youth Championship along with otheryouth projects, is encouraging a greater measure of understanding and mutualhelp throughout the world and contributing to the universal values of sport par-ticulary its ethics .

  • Concern has frequently been expressed about the trend of football at senior le-vel toward negative defensive play which stultifies the entertainment value ofcompetitive games . Such are the pressures on winning that teams cannot afford tolose, and many coaches feel that the tactics of organised team play are so impor-tant that it has become a luxury to have more than one -or two "entertaining" play-ers in a side .

    I had asked the Technical Study Group to give special attention to this problemin viewing the games in this Championship and if possible to suggest ways inwhich football could become more positive and creative in forward play withoutlosing competitive edge . I am delighted that this report is able to pay tribute to thepositive attitude ofthe majority of teams in this competition who played to attackand score goals and therefore provided exciting football spectacle to make this amost memorable World Youth Championship.

    Harry H. CavanChairman ofthe

    Organising Committee

  • Sir Arthur George, Chairman of the Australian Soccer Federation and the Local Organizing Committee forthe WYC 1981, Enrique Sroka, Head of the Mexican Delegation (organizing Association WYC 1983), Rob-ert Paterson, Senior Vice-President and Manager Australian Division, The Coca-Cola (Export) Corporation,Dr . Joo Havelange, FIFA President and Harry H. Cavan, Senior Vice-President of FIFA and Chairman of theFIFA WYCOrganizing Committee (from left)

  • An Appreciationand someGeneral Comments

    Soccer is not the leading spectator sport followed in winter months in Australia .Rugby League has large following in Sydney and Brisbane and the game ofAustralian Rules takes precedence in Melbourne . The Hindmarsh stadium wasthe only ground built specifically for soccer at which matches in this Champion-ship competition were played .Soccer is, however, a truly national game in that it is played throughout the coun-try and has a large and steadily expanding participation especially at