[UNDER-17 WORLD CUP]
Switzerland left no doubt who was the best team at the Under-17 World Cup, completing a seven-game sweep with a 1-0 victory over host
Nigeria in the final. The championship was the first at any level for the Swiss.
Beginning with its 2-0 win over Mexico in its opening game, the Swiss let it be known they would content
They went on to beat Japan and Brazil in group play and Germany, Italy and Colombia en route to the final, where Haris Steferovic
was the difference.
Seferovic finished tied with Spain's Sieger Borja
, Nigeria's Sani Emmanuel
and Sebastian Gallegos
of Uruguay as the top scorer with five goals.
Swiss playmaker Nassim Ben Khalifa
, born to
Tunisian parents, captured the Silver Ball as the second best player at the Under-17 World Cup. Emmanuel and Nigerian teammate Ramon Azeez
finished first and
third in MVP voting.
Switzerland's Benjamin Siegrist
won the Golden Glove as the best keeper of the tournament. SWITZERLAND: Goalkeeper
Aston Villa (ENG) Defenders
, Basel Charyl CHAPPUIS
, Grasshoppers Frederic VESELI
, Manchester City (ENG) Ricardo RODRIGUEZ
, FC Zurich Midfielders Oliver BUFF
, FC Zurich
, Lazio (ITA) Bruno MARTIGNONI
, Locarno Granit XHAKA
, Basel Forwards Haris SEFEROVIC
, Grasshoppers Nassim BEN KHALIFA