Quiz: Junior World Cup

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on January 08, 2018 Published on October 06, 2017

With the FIFA U-17 World Cup just beginning in India, it’s the perfect time for a Junior World Cup quiz.

1 Which Brazilian star is so far the only player to have won the FIFA U-17 World Cup and the FIFA World Cup?

2 George Weah from Liberia was one of the most feared strikers of the ’90s. A star for Monaco, Paris St-Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea, he became the first African footballer to win the Balloon D’or as world player of the year. Which team is his son Timothy representing in this edition of the tournament?

3 Europe has won the maximum number of senior World Cups. Which continent has won the maximum number of FIFA U-17 World Cups?

4 The FIFA U-17 World Cup was started in the ’80s as an U-16 championship. In which country was the first edition of the tournament held?

5 Nicknamed the Black Starlets, which U-17 national team reached an incredible four finals in the ’90s, winning two of them?

6 In 2007, which young German midfielder wowed the Korean crowd with his incredible skills scoring five goals and also winning the Golden Ball award?

7 In 1989, which Asian country became the first to win a FIFA World Cup, improbably winning the U-16 title in Scotland?

8 One of the Asian stars due to play in the FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament is a Barcelona Academy product, often described as the Asian Messi, who played in his country’s senior league at the tender age of 15 years and three months. Identify this star and the country he is representing.

9 FIFA U-17 stars usually take a few years to make their mark on the senior stage. But this footballer who played in the last U-17 World Cup edition was loaned to his current club from Monaco this year with an option to buy for a staggering $180 million. Name this player, who was an U-17 star just a couple of seasons ago.

10 Our final question is on the Indian team which will be the first from the country to ever take part in a FIFA tournament. Which State has contributed the most players to India’s 21- strong World Cup squad?


1. Ronaldinho; he was in the Brazilian team that won the 1997 edition of the U-17 World Cup in Chile, and then starred in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning team

2. Timothy Weah is playing for the US team

3. Africa, with seven. Nigeria has won five and Ghana two

4. China. Nigeria were the first champions

5. Ghana; they won in Italy in 1991 and Ecuador in 1995

6. Toni Kroos, who has since starred for the senior German team, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid

7. Saudi Arabia. They defeated the hosts, Scotland, on penalties

8. Takefusa Kubo, Japan

9. Kylian Mbappé of France

10. Manipur, with eight players, including captain Amarjit Singh

Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster and Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup; Follow Joy on Twitter @joybhattacharj

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Published on October 06, 2017
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