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Mexico U-17 Prevail on Home Soil

Mexico U-17 Prevail on Home Soil

European teams seem to struggle when international tournaments are held in Mexico and this summer’s World Cup was no exception. The much fancied Netherlands finished bottom of their group, for example. The Czech Republic and Denmark also failed to make it through to the knockout rounds – something which surprised most involved with football betting.

The four South American sides all made it through the group stages and we were even treated to an all South American semi-final where Uruguay got the better of Brazil. For La Celeste the future is looking rosy: They reached the last four of the 2010 World Cup and now have the U20 World Cup to look forward to.

The final match between Uruguay and Mexico was expected to be a very close contest, but with Golden Ball winner Julio Gomez calling the shots, the Uruguayans had no answer in a nearly-full Azteca stadium in Mexico City.  

Along with the Europeans, the African sides found things hard in Mexico and only two African teams made it past the group stages – Congo and Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast can be especially grateful for the contribution of one of the stars of the tournament, Souleymane Coulibaly, whose 9 strikes (8 in the group phase including 2 hat-tricks) won him the Golden Shoe and ensured that the comparisons to Didier Drogba were never far away. It is only a matter of time until he’s snapped-up by one of Europe’s top teams and expect him to be leading the way in terms of goals during his country’s 2014 World Cup qualification bid.

New Zealand have benefited significantly from Australia’s move into Asia. For the second consecutive time they made it through to the round of 16. As they participate in more and more under-age tournaments, which is something that will only serve to strengthen the senior team.

See you in two years time when the UAE host this wondrous competition.