U20 World Cup offers glory for teams, stardom for youngsters

Uruguay's Rodrigo Amaral left and Colombia's Harold Balanta compete for control of the ball during their U-20 South America qualifying soccer tournament match for the 2017 South Korea U-20 World Cup in Quito Ec

Fifa Under-20 World Cup stars to strut their stuff

The old rivals were drawn together in Group A by Argentina's legendary former captain Diego Maradona - whose infamous "hand of God" goal set England on the way to elimination in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal - and countryman Pablo Aimar.

Asia hopes rest on Japan and host South Korea. "It is important to get off to a good start and we know that we have a very tough opening game against England".

"I'm delighted with the squad we've been able to assemble out here and really looking forward to seeing the players perform on a wonderful stage", Simpson said on arrival in Korea.

Two of those potential winners meet on Sunday when Uruguay takes on Italy in Suwon, just south of the capital Seoul.

"Players who have made their mark on worldwide football at senior level have played in this competition before".

Bet365 make 2013 winners and 2016 under-19 European champions France 6-1 favourites, followed by Germany at 7-1 and Uruguay and Argentina at 9-1.

It is followed in Jeonju by one of the most eagerly anticipated World Cup rivalries when England take on six-time winners Argentina.

The United States is traveling to the tournament as confederation champion for the first time in its history and kicks off Group F against Ecuador and then goes on to face Senegal and Saudi Arabia.

Monday's clash with Ecuador in the port city of Incheon will be crucial for Team USA. "So in this tournament we can not afford to gradually get better".

His main weapon is the "Korean Messi" Lee Seung-Woo who plays for Barcelona and who the hosts hope can emulate 2005 Golden Ball victor (most valuable player) and namesake Lionel.

Takefusa Kubo spent four years playing for Barcelona's youth team before signing for FC Tokyo in 2016.

France's Bleuets will be without Monaco prodigy Kylian Mbappe, who misses out at the insistence of his club and senior French coach Didier Deschamps, whose team have three matches to play early next month.

Midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, 19, is among the nation's players to look out for as they go up against Italy, Japan and South Africa in Group D.

Opening proceedings tomorrow will be the Group A contests between Argentina and England and South Korea and Guinea and Group B encounters between Venezuela and Germany and Vanuatu and Mexico.

Korea's star is Lee Seung-woo, now in Barcelona's Under-19 team after spending six years at the Spanish club. Lee scored against Uruguay in a warm-up game a week ago.

In a press conference Friday, FIFA's Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca said he doesn't want the VAR system to be used in every play of the game. "First though we have to focus on Guinea".

Sixteen of the 24 teams will progress to the second round, the top two from each of the six groups and the four best third-place finishers. It will be a great deal of further information that The IFAB needs before takes a final decision on the implementation of VARs in 2018, or 2019 at the latest.

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