The current 18th world U17 male football championship taking place in Brazil needs just 36 goals more to erase the all-time highest 183 goals scored in a single tournament in India in 2017..
A total 148 goals or an average of 3.4 goals per match have been scored so far in 44 of the 52 games that ended at the round of 16 games remaining 4 games for the quarters, 2 for the semis and another 2 for Losers’ and the final proper making 8 games more.
With the frequency and eagerness of the youths to score goals the records may fall in this tournament if 4.5 goals can be scored per match. Meaning we need just 36 goals more to cancel the record.
Nigeria has the highest team score of 26 goals in a single tournament earned in 2103 at the United Arab Emirates. Brazil and Paraguay have scored 12 goals each while Mexico and France have 11 goals each.
Wonder boy, Sontije Hansen of Holland is in the lead for the Golden boot for highest scorer with 5 goals. Hansen’s achievement is far cry to the 10 goals scored by Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen at the 2015 games in Chile. Noah Botic of Australia who is pursuing him closely with 4 goals and likely Silver boot winner is out of the competition and may be replaced by the like of Efrain Alvarez of Mexico who netted 3 goals.
Two more boys bagged the red card at the Round of 16 to make 10 reds one of them Palacios of Argentina who took the salacious red card meal in the 90+7’ against Paraguay.
A total 139 yellow cards meant for caution were flashed on the players making 3.16 yellows per match
FIFA, who are the organizers of the competition have not started dishing out other statistical data concerning best defending team; Best goalkeeper who will win the golden gloves, the team with the fair play, etc. The fair play trophy attracts some calculations like the number of yellow or red cards which accounts for deduction in marks to participating countries. There is also the Most Valuable Player award which is a vote from coaches and the technical committee.
The crowd attendances still look unattractive with 124,058 or 2,820 per match.
– ENIOLA OLATUNJI.