Friday 21 October 2016, 21:25

Nagano and Navarro Jordan 2016's golden girls

After 32 matches, the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 has drawn to a close. A dramatic climax saw the final decided on penalties, with Korea DPR ultimately crowned as world champions for the second time ahead of Japan and Spain. In and among the tournament’s collective triumphs, there was no shortage of outstanding individual performances, the best of which have been recognised with dedicated accolades. These were awarded as follows:

adidas Golden Ball: Fuka Nagano (JPN) adidas Silver Ball: Sung Hyang Sim (PRK) adidas Bronze Ball: Deyna Castellanos (VEN)

Japan’s captain Fuka Nagano became the first player to appear in two FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup finals. Throughout the tournament, she displayed both exceptional leadership and outstanding individual technique. The brain of this Little Nadeshiko side, she consistently caught the eye thanks to her reading of the game, her organisational skills and the timing of her passing. These are qualities that were already beginning to show two years ago in Costa Rica, where Nagano picked up a winner’s medal. In Jordan, they marked her out as the tournament’s outstanding performer.

Korea DRP’s success in the tournament was built around a resolute defence at one end of the pitch, and the talent of Sung Hyang-Simat the other. The striker’s speed and technical ability, also in evidence at the last World Cup in Costa Rica, frequently made the difference for her side in Jordan. Likewise, Venezuela’s tournament was lit up by the magic of Deyna Castellanos, whose goals fired her country to the last four.

adidas Golden Boot:  Lorena Navarro (ESP) adidas Silver Boot:  Ri Hue-Yon (PRK) adidas Bronze Boot: Deyna Castellanos (VEN)

With no fewer than five goals and one assist in Spain’s opening game, Lorena Navarro wasted no time in putting herself forward as a candidate for the adidas Golden Boot. She ended up securing the prize in her final outing, striking a hat-trick in the play-off for third place as La Rojita took home the bronze medal. Blessed with explosive pace and an eye for goal, Navarro clearly has a bright future ahead of her. The same is true of the two young ladies accompanying her on the podium: with five goals and one assist, Ri Hue-Yonsuccessfullyshouldered the goalscoring duties for Korea DPR, while Venezuela captain Deyna Castellanos’five goals included some strikes of the very highest quality.

adidas Golden Glove: Noelia Ramos (ESP) This tournament showed the Spaniard to be a multi-talented operator, possessing high quality goalkeeping skills and comfortable with the ball at her feet. Ramos delivered a series of fine performances throughout this World Cup, showcasing her sound positioning, quick reflexes and organisational attributes. Her performance against Germany, featuring a number of miraculous saves, was a key reason behind La Rojita’s progress to the semi-finals. She ultimately crowned an outstanding tournament off with a customarily assured display in helping her team to secure the bronze medal.

FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Japan Japan’s* players were awarded this prize in recognition of their exemplary conduct throughout the tournament with both opposition players and referees. Over the course of their six games, the Little Nadeshiko *were awarded only five bookings and no red cards.

FIFA makes this award based on evaluations by members of the Technical Study Group (TSG), who undertake a detailed analysis of national team members’ behaviour on and off the pitch. The goal is to promote a sporting attitude among players, coaches and also spectators at FIFA tournaments.