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FIFA U-17 World Cup: The Next Generation of Soccer Stars

France and Germany Will Face Off On Friday, Dec. First

FIFA U-17 World Cup: The Next Generation of Soccer Stars
Germany's forward Max Moerstedt and France’s defender Joachim Kayi Sanda | Attila Kisbenedek / AFP

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The latest soccer news shows that Germany is set to take on France in the U-17 World Cup final. It is no surprise as both teams led the group stage with nine points each.

France won Group E making short work of the other squads (including the United States which is becoming a theme in international soccer tournaments). Germany topped Group F with no real challenger.


You may be wondering why this tournament matters with such a young base of players. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on the future of the sport. Some of these top footballers are sure to be part of the 2026 World Cup.

Here are some of the soccer players from Germany and France that impressed during the tournament.

Joan Tincres, France

Joan Tincres was among the top goal scorers of the World Cup. Tincres’ three goals led France and is tied at No. 6.


The forward plays for AS Monaco but is sure to have looks from other clubs after his stellar play in the tournament.

Noah Darvich, Germany

Heading into the tournament, Noah Darvich was one of the top players to watch. The midfielder did not disappoint and this is a major reason why Germany continues to advance.


When he is not representing Germany, Darvich plays for FC Barcelona. Darvich’s three assists have him tied atop the World Cup list. ESPN’s Tor-Kristan Karlsen is among those singing Darvich’s praises.

“The German captain is another left-footed prodigy – they seem to appear thick and fast on the world scene – who’s deservedly collecting accolades in Indonesia,” Karlsen wrote on November 23. “A wonderful tactical appreciation blended with first-class movement – his opening goal against Mexico a fitting example – and an outstanding first touch make everything he does seem easy and premeditated.”

Charles Hermann, Germany

Like Darvich, Hermann is tied among the tournament leaders for the most assists with three. Hermann plays for Borussia Dortmund’s U19 squad. It will be interesting to see if Dortmund can hold off other suitors if they come calling.

Joachim Kayi Sanda, France

The list would not be complete without discussing France’s captain Joachim Kayi Sanda. The rising star plays for Valenciennes but is expected to generate increased interest given his play during the World Cup.

Max Moerstedt, Germany

Max Moerstedt is another Bundesliga U19 standout. The forward plays for Hoffenheim and has 10 career goals in 9 overall appearances.


Moerstedt’s three goals lead Germany and put the striker tied for sixth among players like Tincres in the World Cup leaderboard. We will see if Moerstedt will continue rising up the charts with a goal in the World Cup final.

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