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IT was an event that lived up to expectations in virtually every sense. Once again, the 2001 FIFA World Under-17 Championship featured a high level of exciting football, devoid of all the defensive tactics and unadventurous pragmatism that has plagued the game at senior level. As always, some of the best displays in the competition occurred during the quarterfinal stage and, not surprisingly, African teams performed exceptionally well in this championship, with all three of the continent’s representatives reaching the last eight.

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The sunshine turned to rain when Croatian skipper Niko Kranjcar converted a penalty in each half, and Trinidad’s hopes of glory disintegrated into disappointment as the home team lost the opening match of the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Port of Spain, 1-2.

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FIFA vice-president Jack Warner gave assurances yesterday to a Fifa emergency committee meeting that there would be adequate security measures in place and the Under-17 World Championship could proceed as scheduled from today.

 

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THE Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 footballers, dubbed “Team 2001”, begin their great adventure from 1 p.m. today when they face Croatia in the opening game of the 2001 Fifa Under-17 World Championship at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

 

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FIFA'S Director of Communications Keith Cooper is appealing to the 200-plus players participating in the ninth FIFA Under-17 World Soccer Championships to respect fairplay during the event.

 

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