Nevertheless: It’s a good start for the German team. Darvich and co. had a little more of the game in the first few minutes and calmly defended the French counter-attacks so far. Now our own attack comes to nothing with a pass from Brunner that is too wide.
The ball fidgets in the net, but the flag is up! Max Moerstedt is already slightly offside when the cross comes from the left side and passes the ball with his skull to Brunner, who is also behind the French chain – twice offside. The celebration after Brunner’s volley only lasted for a short time.
The first goal goes to the DFB team. After a corner that was unsuccessful in the first instance, Harchaoui takes a shot in the backcourt, but chases the ball well over the box.
France plays in the dark blue jerseys, Germany wears the white jersey with a black bar. Espen Eskas will referee the game, the referee is from Norway.
It’s all set, the German U17 will fight for the World Cup title in the next 90 minutes. Let’s go boys!
The national teams have just entered the pitch and the German national anthem and the Marseillaise will now be played. In the evening in Indonesia (local time shortly before 7 p.m.) there are still summer temperatures of around 25 degrees.
There is a change in the starting eleven for the French. Coach Jean-Luc Vannuchi has Bouabré playing on the left wing instead of Sangui.
And Wück has not made any changes to the ten field players either; the same team is playing as in the semi-final against Argentina. Noah Darvich leads the team onto the field as captain, with Yalcinkaya, Brunner and Moerstedt in particular to provide goal threat.
Heide vs. Schmitt – the decision on the goalkeeper position must have given coach Christian Wück a real headache. Max Schmitt was between the posts for all of the first games and showed good performances. He missed the semi-finals due to illness and was more than adequately represented by Konstantin Heide. With two penalty saves he became a semi-final hero. Wück rewarded the strong performance, Heide is also guarding the goal today.
The U17 team impressed football Germany – in the absence of a strong senior national team – not only with the results, but also with the style of football. Brunner and co were partly convincing. playfully, but in the last knockout duels the boys showed themselves to be very strong in terms of fighting and showed incredible will. Does this lead to the title?
The tournament path is similar for both teams. In the group phase there were three clear group wins for France and Germany. Things got tighter in the knockout duels, with both teams having one penalty shootout. France were stronger from the spot than Senegal in the round of 16, in the quarter-finals against Uzbekistan and in the semi-finals against Mali over 90 minutes. As is well known, the DFB team defeated the USA and Spain in regular time and then held their nerve in the penalty shootout in the semi-final against Argentina.
In 1981, Germany won the U20 World Cup. If a final victory were to emerge today, the second World Championship in the youth sector would mean the end of a 42-year dry spell.
A U17 title would be a first for Germany on a global level. Only once did a German selection make it to the final – the first time the U16 tournament was held. However, in 1985 the DFB team lost to Nigeria. Since then, third place has been the highest of emotions. France has already won the tournament, but that was more than twenty years ago (2001).
Coach Christian Wück was optimistic before the final and referred to these two European Championship duels against France in an interview published by the DFB: “We know the French, most of the team and the tactical system.” In June, no one could have guessed that the year 2023 could be even more successful after the success at European level: “At the time at the European Championships, we thought that we had achieved our goal with the final against France and now we realize that “The European title was perhaps just an interim goal on the way to the World Cup.”
The duel is the new edition of the European Championship final. At the beginning of June, the youth teams of the two major football nations had already met twice in Hungary. In the group phase, the DFB team won 3-1, and the final was decided on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes – in favor of the Germans. Can the French take revenge on an even bigger stage today or will Germany’s young team win their second major title of the year?
Good day and welcome to the final of the U17 World Cup! The German team can crown a strong tournament and has to take the final step against France from 1 p.m. The final game for the title will take place at the Manahan Stadium in Surakarta.