The U17 World Cup will kick-off tomorrow morning Australia time, 24 nations fighting it out to be crowned the princes of international U17 football in Brazil.
1 Krisztian HEGYI. 2 Gabor BUNA. 3 Donat OROSZ. 4 Patrik POSZTOBANYI. 5 Botond BALOGH. 6 Mihaly KATA. 7 Akos ZUIGEBER. 8 Samuel MAJOR. 9 Andras NEMETH. 10 Mark KOSZNOVSZKY. 11 Gyorgy KOMAROMI. 12 Gabor MEGYERI. 13 Zeteny HOSSZU. 14 Milan HORVATH. 15 Peter BARATH. 16 Gergo OMINGER. 17 Marcell VAITS. 18 Borisz TOTH. 19 Rajmund MOLNAR. 20 Csaba MESTER. 21 David LASZLO
Head Coach: Sandor Preisinger
How They Qualified: Despite going undefeated through the group stages of the UEFA U17 Championships in Ireland, the Hungarians were forced into a do-or-die playoff against Belgium in order to secure a place at Brazil 2019 after going down in a penalty shoot-out to Spain in the quarterfinals.
Luck was on their side against the Belgians, however, as the junior Magyars were able to triumph in their second shootout in as many games to secure a World Cup berth.
U17 World Cup History: 2019 marks just the second time that the Hungarians have progressed through to the U17 World Cup, their only other appearance coming in the tournament’s first iteration in 1985.
Despite going undefeated to top a group also featuring Brazil and Mexico, the Hungarians were unable to continue on through the knock-out stages in China; downed 3-1 in the quarterfinals by Nigeria.
One to Watch: András Németh
With Borussia Monchengladbach defender Roland Bekker set to miss the World Cup due to injury, striker Németh will be relied upon to shoulder even more of the load for the Hungarians in Brazil.
The fledgling star is already pushing for senior minutes at club side Genk and was a standout performer for the Hungarians in both qualifying and preparation.
Fixture (AEDT): vs Nigeria – 07:00am, 27/10/2019 | vs Australia – 10:00am, 30/10/2019 | vs Ecuador – 07:00am, 2/11/2019
1 Sunday STEPHEN. 2 Oluwatimilehin ADENIYI. 3 Charles ETIM. 4 Samson TIJANI. 5 Ferdinard IKENNA. 6 Usman IBRAHIM. 7 Olakunle OLUSEGUN. 8 Hamzat OJEDIRAN. 9 Wisdom UBANI. 10 Peter AGBA. 11 Quadri EDUN. 12 Peter OLAWALE. 13 Akinkunmi AMOO. 14 Daniel FRANCIS. 15 Monsuru OPEYEMI. 16 Daniel JINADU. 17 Divine NWACHUKWU. 18 Ibraheem JABAAR. 19 Abba BICHI. 20 Ibrahim SAID. 21 Joseph OLUWABUSOLA
Head Coach: Manu Garba
How They Qualified: One of four sides that will be representing Africa at the World Cup, Nigeria advanced to the semi-finals of the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations – securing their place at Brazil 2019 – before going down to Guinea in a penalty shootout.
Though then would then suffer a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Angola in the third-place playoff at Tanzania’s National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, the omens are not necessarily poor for the Golden Eaglets; Nigeria winning the 2015 U17 World Cup after finishing fourth in African qualifying.
U17 World Cup History: Without a doubt, Nigeria is one of the biggest powerhouses in junior international football; making the final of the U17 World Cup on eight occasions and winning the tournament entirely five times.
Winners in three of their four most recent trips to the tournament – they were defeated on home soil by Switzerland in the final of the 2009 iteration – the Golden Eaglets have only failed to progress beyond the group stages of the U17 World Cup once; at Finland 2003.
One to Watch: Adrian Akande
A dynamic winger, Akande has been on the books at European giants Chelsea since he was 12 years old – making the leap from Crystal Palace. He has recently received interest from Tottenham, Celtic, Rangers and West Ham – spending time with the Hammers U23 squad whilst on trial – but, for now, remains with the Blues.
Despite being eligible to represent England, the youngster has knocked back interest from the English FA to play for Nigeria – rejecting call ups to Young Lions camps on five occasions in order to play for Nigeria.
Fixture (AEDT): vs Hungary – 07:00am, 27/10/2019 | vs Ecuador – 07:00am, 30/10/2019 | vs Australia – 07:00am, 2/11/2019