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FIFA U17 World Cup Champions summarizes the journey of victorious U17 teams and their winning sagas where Nigeria won the cup 5 times (1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015), Brazil 3 times (1997, 1999 and 2003), Mexico twice (2005 and 2011), Ghana twice (1991 and 1995), and Soviet Union (1987), Saudi Arabia (1989), France (2001) and Switzerland (2009) once each.

It’s a clear sign of Excellency that a marvellous player shows during his initial training period which proves him one of the best in the world in future. And there is no place like the U17 World Cup to nurture such talents who will probably take the places of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in the near future. The whole world is now having their eyes stuck to the U17 World Cup hosted by India in 2017 and is expecting to witness some amazing matches along with some great skills from the youngsters. Since its inception in 1985, the U17 Men World Cup has seen 16 cup winners till now which will be increased this year after the 17th edition of this prestigious cup. So to cherish the success of these young talents and to build the excitement of the upcoming tournament, here goes the full detail of FIFA U17 World Cup Champions till now.

FIFA U17 World Cup Champions

FIFA U17 World Cup Champions till date
FIFA U17 World Cup Champions

The U17 World Cup was inaugurated in 1985 and since then 8 national teams have had the chance to hold this cup. Nigeria proved them the best in FIFA U17 World Cup history by winning the cup 5 times till now. The Latin American giant Brazil also achieved 3 cups till now. Ghana and Mexico both achieved this cup twice each. Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, France and Switzerland also got their chance to hold the trophy once each till now.

Year Host Champion Runners-Up
1985 China Nigeria West Germany
1987 Canada Soviet Union Nigeria
1989 Scotland Saudi Arabia Scotland
1991 Italy Ghana Spain
1993 Japan Nigeria Ghana
1995 Ecuador Ghana Brazil
1997 Egypt Brazil Ghana
1999 New Zealand Brazil Australia
2001 Trinidad and Tobago France Nigeria
2003 Finland Brazil Spain
2005 Peru Mexico Brazil
2007 South Korea Nigeria Spain
2009 Nigeria Switzerland Nigeria
2011 Mexico Mexico Uruguay
2013 UAE Nigeria Mexico
2015 Chile Nigeria Mali

1985 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Nigeria

Nigeria won it in 1985
Inaugural FIFA U17 World Cup Champions

China hosted the inaugural U17 World Cup in 1985. Nigeria advanced to the quarter final while scoring 5 points in 3 matches with 2 wins and a draw in the group stage. They then defeated Hungary in the quarter finals, Guinea in the semifinal and reached the final. Nigeria defeated West Germany with 2-0 score in the 1985 FIFA U17 World Cup final and achieved the trophy.

1987 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Soviet Union

Soviet Union 1987
FIFA U17 World Cup Champions 1987

The U17 World Cup in 1987 was hosted by Canada. The Soviet Union advanced to the knockout stage by scoring 5 points in the group stage with 2 wins and a draw. The team defeated France in the quarterfinal and faced Ivory Coast I the semi-final which they won it by a 5-1 score. The Soviet Union then faced Nigeria in the final which remains tied till the full time and later they won it by a 4-2 score in the penalty shootout.

1989 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia won it in 1989
FIFA U17 World Cup Champions Saudi Arabia

Scotland was the host of FIFA U-16 World Championship in 1989. The champion Saudi Arabia advanced to the quarterfinal while scoring 4 points in the group stage with 1 win and 2 draws. They then won the knockout against Nigeria in the penalty shootout and reached the semi-final which they won against Bahrain. Saudi Arabia faced Scotland in the final and achieved the trophy with the 5-4 score in the penalty shootout.

1991 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Ghana

Ghana won the U17 in 1991
FIFA U17 World Cup Champions 1991

The fourth edition of FIFA U17 World Cup was hosted by Italy in 1991. Ghana reached the knockout stage by scoring 7 points with 2 wins and a draw in group stage matches. They defeated Brazil in the quarterfinal and advanced to the semi-final against Qatar.  Ghana defeated Qatar in the semi-final and faced Spain in the 1991 FIFA U17 World Cup final which they won it by a 1-0 score.

1993 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Nigeria

Nigeria second U17 Cup
Nigeria won the second time

Japan hosted the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship. Nigeria advanced to the quarterfinals by winning 3 out of 3 matches in the group stage. They faced the hosting nation Japan in the quarterfinal and won the match. The team then defeated Poland in the semifinal and reached the final. The final match was played between Nigeria and Ghana and Nigeria won their second U17 World Cup by the 2-1 score.

1995 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Ghana

Ghana won the second U17 cup in 1995
Ghana won the second title

The sixth edition of FIFA U17 World Cup was hosted by Ecuador in 1995. Champion nation Ghana reached the quarterfinals by scoring 9 points with all 3 wins in the group stage. They faced Portugal in the quarterfinals and faced Oman in the semifinal. Ghana then played the 1995 FIFA U17 World Cup final against Brazil which they won it by a 3-2 score and achieved the cup.

1997 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Brazil

Brazil FIFA U17 World Cup Champions 1997
FIFA U17 World Cup Champions Brazil

The FIFA U-17 World Championship 1997 was hosted by Egypt. Brazil advanced to the knockout phase while scoring 9 points in 3 group stage matches by winning all 3. They then defeated Argentina in the quarterfinal and Germany in the semi-final. Brazil played the 1997 FIFA U17 World Cup final against the defending champion Ghana which Brazil won it by the 3-2 score.

1999 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Brazil

Brazil won the second cup in 1999
Consecutive title of Brazil

New Zealand was the host of FIFA U17 World Cup in 1999. The defending champion Brazil reached the quarterfinals by scoring 5 points in three matches of the group stage with 1 win and 2 draws. They then played the quarter-final against Paraguay and faced Ghana in the semifinal. After defeating Ghana in the semis they reached the finals which they won against Australia in the penalty shootout with 8-7 score.

2001 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: France

France won the cup in 2001
2001 FIFA U17 World Cup Champions France

Trinidad and Tobago hosted the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2001 where France won the trophy. French U17 team reached the quarterfinals while scoring 6 points in 3 matches of the group stage with 2 wins and a loss. Then they defeated defending champion Brazil in the quarterfinals and defeated Argentina in the semifinal. France then won the 2001 final against Nigeria with a 3-0 score.

2003 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Brazil

Brazil won the cup in 2003
The third U17 title of Brazil

Finland hosted the 2003 edition of FIFA U17 World Cup where Brazil won the cup for the third time since the beginning of the tournament. They scored 7 points in 3 group stage matches and defeated United States in the quarterfinals. After defeating Colombia in the semifinal, they reached the 2003 final which they won against Spain with 1-0 score.

2005 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Mexico

Mexico won the U17 World Cup in 2005
Mexico became one of the FIFA U17 World Cup Champions

The host of the FIFA U17 World Championship 2005 was Peru. Winning side Mexico advanced to the quarterfinals by scoring 6 points in 3 matches with 2 wins and a loss in the group stage. Then they defeated Costa Rica in the quarterfinals to reach the semis. Mexico defeated Netherlands in the semifinal and then won the cup against Brazil with 3-0 score in the 2005 final.

2007 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Nigeria

Nigeria won the third cup in 2007
Nigeria got their third title

South Korea hosted the 2007 edition of the FIFA U17 World Cup. Nigeria won 3 out of 3 group stage matches while scoring 9 points and advanced to the knockout phase. They defeated Colombia in the round of 16 and defeated Argentina in the quarterfinal. Nigeria won the semifinal against Germany and won the 2007 final against Spain with a penalty shootout score of 3-0.

2009 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Switzerland

Switzerland winning team 2009
Switzerland became the FIFA U17 World Cup Champions

Defending champion Nigeria hosted the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2009. Switzerland promoted to the knout stage after scoring 9 points in 3 matches with all 3 group stage wins. They then defeated Germany in the round of 16. Switzerland defeated Italy in the quarterfinal and defeated Colombia in the semifinal. Then they won the 2009 final match against the hosting nation Nigeria with 1-0 score.

2011 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Mexico

Mexico won the cup in 2011
Mexico got their second title

Mexico hosted and marvellously won the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2011. The U17 team reached the knockout by scoring 9 points in 3 matches with all 3 victories in the group phase. They won the round of 16 game against Panama, the quarterfinal against France and the semi final against Germany. Mexico played the 2011 U17 final against Uruguay which they won by 2-0 score.

2013 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Nigeria

Nigeria won it in 2013
Fourth Cup for Nigeria

United Arab Emirates hosted the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2013. Nigeria reached the round of 16 by scoring 7 points in the group stage with 2 wins and a draw. They defeated Iran in the round of 16 and won the quarterfinal against Uruguay. They defeated Sweden in the semifinal and reached the 2013 final. Nigeria defeated Mexico with 3-0 score and won the cup for the fourth time.

2015 FIFA U17 World Cup Champion: Nigeria

Fifth U17 Title of Nigeria 2015
Nigeria achieved the title for the fifth time

Nigeria won the FIFA U17 World Cup trophy for the fifth time hosted by Chile in 2015. They cleared the group stage with 6 points in 3 matches with 2 wins and a loss. They then defeated Australia in the round of 16. The won the quarterfinal against Brazil and won the semifinal against Mexico. Nigeria came face-to-face against Mali in the 2015 final which they won with a 2-0 score.

Everyone is expecting something great to happen in the new 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup. Where many football pundits believe that several times champion Nigeria or Brazil can win the cup, many analysts also predict that the hosting nation India can also outperform other teams with their home ground support. So keep your eyes on the FIFA U17 World Cup fixtures and don’t forget to send us your comment about FIFA U17 World Cup Champions in the comment box below.

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