1977 Tunisia First FIFA World Youth Championship Cup badge issued to Soviet Union Golden Ball Vladimir Bessonov.
Provenance: Collection of former Conmebol Vice-President.
The 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship was the inaugural staging of the FIFA World Youth Championship and was held in Tunisia from 27 June to 10 July 1977. The tournament took place in three venues — Tunis, Sousse and Sfax — where a total of 28 matches were played, the smallest number in its history. The winner was the USSR, who beat Mexico in a penalty shootout, in the final held at Tunis's Stade El Menzah. The Tournament Committee was chaired by FIFA Vice-President Harry Cavan, who had spearheaded the creation of the World Youth Championship.
Volodymyr Vasylyovych Bezsonov (born 5 March 1958) is a Ukrainian football manager and former player, he played for the USSR national football team. The most recent team he was managing was Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. He is currently the acting sports director of Dynamo Kyiv. Bezsonov's career began in 1976 with Dynamo Kyiv. Here he spent most of his career, except for a short one-season stint in Israeli club Maccabi Haifa F.C. in 1990–91. He was well known as a lightning quick full-back with a powerful shot. Bezsonov was attack- minded and scored a good return for a defender. He ended 27 goals in the 377 games that played for Dynamo. International Bezsonov won 79 caps and scored 4 goals for the USSR national football team from 1977 to 1990 and was included in three FIFA World Cup squads. He also holds the record for the fifth highest appearances for the USSR national football team.In the 1990 World Cup he was sent off against Argentina. His team ended up losing the game 2–0 which became eventually his farewell match for the Sbornaya. In 1979 Bezsonov played couple of games for Ukraine at the Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR.
Badge details: 5cm tall. Medal diameter: 3.2 cm. See photos for details!!