In 1986, Platini was Brazil's World Cup starter. In 1998, Zidane was the man in the final against the national team. In 2006, Henry made the first touch to send the German magic quartet. In 2019, Amandine Henry eliminated Brazil in the extra time of the Women's World Cup. In 2001, Sinama Pongal was responsible for such a task at the … World Cup under 17s. There are several ghosts. But Brazil's 17-year-old national team doesn't care about history.
Brazil and France face each other this Thursday at 8pm in Bezero, Gamma-DC for the U-17 World Cup semifinal. The match is hosted by Tempo Rella on GloboEsporte.com and broadcast on SporTV.
- See the U17 World Cup table
Sinama Pongal (jersey 9), who would later play for Liverpool, scored one of France's goals in a 2-1 victory over Brazil in the 2001 U17 World Cup quarter-final – Photo: Reproduction / FIFA Television
In the other semifinal, the Netherlands and Mexico decide on one of the places in the decision. The two face each other on Thursday in Bezeros, but enter the field earlier: at 4:30 pm.
Brazil not only face the best team in the current World U17 World Cup at home. Face one of your biggest nightmares at the World Cups. In any category. The Brazilians and the French have faced each other 10 times in the FIFA World Cup, both men and women, whether in base or professional. The team has only three wins. They lost four and tied three, including elimination in 1986.
Check out the World Cup matches between Brazil and France (by all categories):
- Brazil 0 x 1 France (World Cup 2006 Quarterfinals)
- Brazil 0 x 3 France (World Cup 1998, Final)
- Brazil 1 (3) x (4) 1 France (1986 World Cup Quarterfinals)
- Brazil 5 x 2 France (1958 World Cup Semifinal)
- Brazil 1 x 2 France (World Cup 2019, Round of 16)
- Brazil 1 x 1 France (World Cup 2003, Group Stage)
- Brazil 3 x 0 France (World Cup U20 1997, Group Stage)
- Brazil 0-0 France (World Cup U17 1987, Group Stage)
- Brazil 1 x 2 France (U17 World Cup Quarterfinals)
- Brazil 4 x 0 France (Women's World Cup U19 2002, Group Stage)
At the U17 World Cup, there were two matches. With Paulo Nunes, Brazil drew 0-0 in the 1987 group stage, when the tournament was still under 16 years old. With goalkeeper Felipe, a former Flamengo and Corinthians player and midfielder Marcelo Matos, the team lost 2-1 in the 2001 quarterfinals when the Europeans won their only title in the category.
Felipe, formerly of Corinthians and Flamengo, was Brazil's scorer against France at the 2001 World Cup – Photo: Playback / FIFA TV
Of that French team, former Liverpool striker Sinama Pongal was the one to highlight in the pro. He scored one of the goals of the triumph over the Brazilians. Anthony Le Thalec did the other, and midfielder Alberoni scored the only Brazilian goal. Data and history that does not weigh against Brazil. This is what guarantees striker Peglow, one of the top scorers of the current under-17 team, with three World Cup goals.
"They are different sports, different categories. We will try to make a great game. Is be a great show. They are strong selections. But we will seek victory all the time, ”the Brazilian jersey 10 guaranteed.
The early end? Better campaigns will be on the ground
The only two teams with 100% success will meet in Bezerro from 8pm. Brazil and France have won their five matches. The French are ahead: they have 17 goals and two goals, against 14 goals and three goals for the Brazilians. They are among the finalists and are the two teams that hit the most.
Brazil 2×0 Italy Goals for U17 World Cup Quarterfinals, Brazil's Last Match
U17 World Cup leaders
- Italy: 99
- Brazil: 98
- Nigeria: 98
- France: 97
- Mexico: 81
World Cup goal scorers up to 17 years
- France: 44
- Brazil: 41
- Spain: 32
- Nigeria: 32
- Paraguay and The Netherlands: 31
The cubes animate both sides. France's coach Jean-Claude Untutini does not hesitate to say he expects a lot of goals. And it reinforces the word of respect for homeowners.
– Brazil also scored many goals in the tournament. Brazil is certainly a strong team. A team that has scored many goals. They shine not only as a group, but they have a strong individual talent. I think the focus is not on the style of play. But effectiveness. We want to play the best football possible. Sometimes we do it, sometimes we don't. I hope we have a lot of goals in the match, but every match is a match and we know that Brazil will start strong – commented the Frenchman.
Spain goals 1 x 6 France for U17 World Cup quarter-final, France
On the Brazilian side, coach Gilcherme Dala Dea admitted he could change his mind immediately after winning against Italy. He hypothesized that giving France the ball and trying to counterattack could be a strategy. Ahead of the semifinal, he said he did not want to leave aggression. But with wisdom.
– I think the game will be a game of extreme intelligence. A game that should be aware from the first moment, with a very high level of concentration. We will not change our character, but this game is fueled by enthusiasm, longing. Our athletes are ready. They need to know how to enjoy the moment. It's a game of patience, caution, but can only be an offensive team.
On the ground, France has more problems than Brazil. The European team will not have one of its two main players, midfielder Lucien Agume. The player, who works at Inter and compares to Pogbareceived a second yellow card and was suspended.
Taji must be his replacement. Among the holders, Adil Aucice's 10th jersey, which debuted on PSG's expert team, is the highest point. He has six assists and one World Cup goalscorer in the U17.
Brazil selection for game against France – Photo: GloboEsporte.com
Brazil will have a change from the team that beat Italy in the quarter-finals. Midfielder Diego Rosa becomes available again after serving a suspension and joining Thales Costa. The rest of the team will be the same one that eliminated the Italians.
Data table: Brazil x France
Location: Tele, Gamma-DC
Time: 8 pm (from Brazil)
BRAZIL: Donnelly; Jean, Henry, Luan Patrick and Patrick; Daniel Cabral, Diego Rosa and Pedro Lucas; Veron, Ciao Jorge and Peglow
Technical: Gilherme Dala Dea
Brazil Stocks: Marcelo, Christian, Gustavo Garcia, Gabriel Noga, Renan, Thales Costa, Sandri, Mateus Aragio and Yazaro
Hanging: The cards are zero in the semifinals
Errors: Talles Magno (injured, no longer playing World Cup)
FRANCE: Zinga; Soppy, Matsima, Kouassi and Pembélé; Taji, Ahmad; Lihaji, Aucchi and Mbuku; Router
Coach: Jeananne-Claude untutins
Arbitrage: Ivan Burton (El Salvador), assisted by David Moran (El Salvador) and Zahari Zegelar (Suriname)