German U17 football players became world champions for the first time. On Saturday, coach Christian Vuc’s team won the final against France 4-3 on penalties (you can read about it here in the ticker).
Goalkeeper Konstantin Heide made two saves in a nervy thriller and another effort went wide in the final frenzy. After two misses by the Germans, Dortmund’s Almuguera Kabar redeemed the German FA by claiming the age group’s first World Cup victory in a 4–3 penalty shootout. “We are European and world champions,” said coach Christian Vuk. “I am incredibly proud to coach this team.”
In the new European Championship final on Saturday in Surakarta the score was 2-2 after 90 minutes after goals from Dortmund’s Paris Brunner (29th minute/penalty foul) and Barca’s Noah Darwiche (51st) with a goal from Simon Boisbre (53 1st place) becomes more and more exciting – especially when the winner Osawe (69th place) surpasses the yellow-red. After Mathis Amugu made it 2:2 (85th place), the German team saved themselves with the last of their strength in a penalty shootout. This is where the football madness began.
Bastien Meupiu was denied by Heide and Noah Sanghi hit the crossbar. On the German side, Eric da Silva Moreira and Brunner failed. As the penalty shootout went into extra time, Heide proved too strong for Thidiam Gomis.
Encouraging Generation DFB
Undefeated at the European Championships, undefeated at the World Cup in Indonesia – the hopeful generation of the DFB capped their exciting history with a rousing success at Manahan Stadium. The selection of national coach Christian Vuc produced a passionate performance against Grande Nation and again allowed for reliance on individual talent. For the first time, a European champion was simultaneously celebrated as a world champion.
“I told the guys that they are making themselves immortal. It’s an incredible feeling of happiness,” Vyuk said on RTL after the last game the team played together in this constellation.
As with his winning goal against Spain in the quarter-finals and his superb appearance in the penalty thriller against Argentina in the semi-finals, Brunner could once again be counted on to be a goal threat. He probably converted the penalty awarded after a long video study. After Darwiche made it 2-0, his colleagues rushed towards the goalscorer with the feeling of winning the World Cup. France struck back almost immediately and caused Germany to suffer for a long time.
During the World Cup in Southeast Asia, Brunner’s team impressed with individual class, team unity and the “German virtues” that their coach likes to mention. After a dismal performance by the senior team, the teenagers cheered the German national football team on their way to the final – and even more so in 26 degrees and 90 percent humidity. 11 thousand kilometers from home, young people took part in a team tournament.
The DFB team was clearly superior in the first half
In the first German final in this category since 1985, when U16 teams were still playing, the team led by Barcelona captain Darwiche took the lead from the start. Brunner and company had the best offensive chances in the first half of the game, but defensively they defended resolutely from Heide’s penalty. The SpVgg Unterhaching goalkeeper was again preferred over regular goalkeeper Max Schmitt (Bayern), who recently fell ill and is not yet fully healthy. Heide made brilliant saves time and time again – and he really liked his special penalty discipline.
Before the score was 1-0, FIFA President Gianni Infantino listened in the stadium circle to what was shown in a two-minute video examination of referee Espen Escos. The referee announced a penalty for Germany after a difficult scene. Hamburg’s Bilal Yalcinkaya was brought down by Aymen Sadi, and possible offsides also had to be checked. Brunner, who was named this year’s player of the year, took responsibility. The super talent of BVB, who was recently disqualified from the club due to an incident, has certainly come to fruition. Later his luck ran out.
After the break, the final picked up even more pace. After both teams scored, Leipzig’s Osawe received a yellow-red card (69th). In contrast to the clear superiority of the German team in the first half, France now applied a lot of pressure and were increasingly looking for the next goal. Unlike Argentina, a thriller developed – and again Germany impressed with its nerves. (dpa/mbo)
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