Date: July 10, 1977
Stadium: Rades / El Menzah
Michel Vautrot (France)
Assistant Referee 1:
Arnaldo Coelho (Brazil)
Assistant Referee 2:
Sahar El Hawary (Egypt)
The very first FIFA World Youth Championship was won by a well-organised and sporadically brilliant Soviet outfit, whose match-winners Sergey Baltacha, Andrey Bal and Vladimir Bessonov came through when it mattered most. The Soviets caught the eye throughout with their one-touch passing, ingenious free-kick routines and defensive steely-mindedness. Having outclassed group opponents Austria, Iraq and Paraguay, they faced their first real test in the form of Uruguay in the semi-final. The Celeste proved tough nuts to crack too, and the young Soviets only squeezed through on penalties. Mexico were next up in the Final, and at the end of an entertaining 2-2 draw, penalties were again needed to separate the sides. The Soviet coach could take more credit than usual for his side's triumph in that shootout, as he replaced his first-choice keeper with a specialist penalty shot-stopper just before the end of extra-time. His secret weapon still let in 8 penalties, but the USSR managed to score one more and were crowned champions.
Player of the tournament:This 1977 USSR side was a well-drilled unit, and most of the credit for their exceptional devotion to duty could go to midfield general Vladimir Bessonov. A great reader of the game, Bessonov's sense of anticipation made him the most important piece in the Soviet jigsaw. The Dynamo Kiev star would go on to enjoy a tremendous international career, winning an Olympic bronze medal in 1980 as part of a fabulous Soviet side and playing 85 times for his country, including appearances at the 1982, 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups.Rising stars:Edvaldo (BRA), Bernard Genghini (FRA), Giovanni Galli (ITA), Hugo de Leon (URU), Ruben Paz (URU), Andrey Bal (USSR), Sergey Baltacha (USSR), Vladimir Bessonov (USSR), Vagiz Khidiyatullin (USSR) and others.
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Duration: 01:26:00 ( without 1-st half)