Beyond 'Ma's Quarterfinals', 'Young Taeguk Warriors' Make History at U-17 World Cup

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Korea opens tournament in Indonesia on Oct. 10 and plays the U.S. on Oct. 12

U-17 World Cup Soccer Team

The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Under-17 World Cup kicks off in Indonesia on Tuesday, showcasing the future stars of world soccer.

The 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off with a Group A match between Panama and Morocco at 6 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, followed by a Group B match between Mali and Uzbekistan at the same time.

The Panama-Morocco match will be played at Gelora Bung Tomo in Surabaya, Indonesia, while the Mali-Uzbekistan match will be held at Manahan Stadium in Surakarta.

This is the 19th edition of the U-17 World Cup, which began in 1985.

It has been held every other year, but the last edition, scheduled for 2021, was canceled due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Nigeria holds the all-time record with five titles (1985, 1993, 2007, 2013, 2015), followed by Brazil with four (1997, 1999, 2003, 2019). Brazil will be looking to join the ranks of the most decorated nations, as Nigeria failed to qualify for this year's tournament.

U-17 World Cup trophy

The four host cities are Jakarta (International Stadium), Surabaya, Bandung (Jalan Harupat Stadium), and Surakarta.

The U-17 World Cup is a tournament where many players have gone on to become global soccer stars.

Luiz Figo (Portugal, 1989), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, 1993), Xavi (Spain, 1997), Andres Iniesta (Spain, 2001), David Silva (Spain, 2003), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Toni Kroos (Germany, 2007), and Neymar (Brazil, 2009) have all competed in the tournament.

Son Heung-min (Tottenham), who has become an iconic figure in South Korean soccer, helped South Korea reach the quarterfinals in Nigeria in 2009, which remains the country's best result at the tournament to date. 스포츠토토맨

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