The emblem takes its inspiration from the country’s rich history and diverse landscapes, with a variety of distinctive elements coming together to form the shape of the tournament trophy. The base evokes the lush green of Brazil’s natural scenery. Sweeping vegetation leads the viewer’s eye past the intense reds of the Brazilian soil and yellowy orange of the country’s world‑famous gemstones towards a celebratory figure. That figure, in turn, reaches towards a ball, the design of which is inspired by the iconic curved columns of Brasília cathedral, a masterpiece by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
While recent major events held in Brazil have featured stars at the height of their careers, the FIFA U-17 World Cup brings together the best young footballers in the world for a unique opportunity to showcase their skills on the international stage.
A string of big names – such as Fernando Torres, Gianluigi Buffon, Toni Kroos and James Rodríguez – have lit up the competition on their way to global fame. Brazilian fans will be hoping to catch a glimpse of the next Ronaldinho or Neymar, who competed in the tournament in 1997 and 2009 respectively. Moreover, with 24 teams participating, the football-loving locals are sure to be treated to a wide array of talent.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup will take place from 26 October to 17 November 2019.