New Delhi: FIFA U-17 World Cup, the first-ever FIFA event to take place in India, just got concluded with England lifting the trophy after defeating Spain 5-2 in the final. It was the first time that England have the won the U-17 World Cup.
On the other hand, Spain have had a final heartbreak for the fourth time. Each time the Spaniards have played in an U-17 World Cup final, they have tasted defeat.
Talking about the tournament, then there were some names which rose up to the occasion, made their mark by giving their best performance and scored when their team needed it the most. So, here are the top five goal-scorers from the tournament:
|Player Name||Country||Goals Scored (Matches) |
|Rhian BREWSTER||England||8 goals in 6 matches|
|Lassana NDIAYE||Mali||6 goals in 7 matches|
|Abel RUIZ||Spain||6 goals in 7 matches|
|Jann-Fiete ARP||Germany||5 goals in 5 matches|
|Amine GOUIRI||France||5 goals in 4 matches|
Also, the 2017 edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup became the highest scoring tournament with 179 goals from 52 matches, bettering the earlier highest of 172 scored during the 2013 edition in the United Arab Emirates.
This edition also has the highest goal average of 3.40 per match since the tournament format was changed in 2007 to a 24-team affair from the earlier 16-team participation.
Overall, the number of goals scored per match is the third in tournament history behind the 1997 Egypt and 2003 Finland editions, when 117 goals were scored from 32 matches at an average of 3.66 goals per match.
Earlier, India became a landmark debutant host for the tournament as the 17th edition of the event today turned out to be a milestone event after it became the most attended in the history of the tournament.
After the third-place match between Brazil and Mali in Kolkata today, the total number of spectators who turned up at the six host venues across the country went past the earlier record attendance of 1,230,976 set in the first edition of the tournament in China in 1985.
With 56432 spectators turning up at the Salt Lake Stadium to watch the Brazil versus Mali match, the total attendance of the FIFA U-17 World Cup reached 1280459.
In terms of the number of spectators per match, this edition is second behind the inaugural edition in China (which was 38,469) as the number of participating teams and matches were lesser at that time.