Your guide to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup

Your guide to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup

Everything you need to know about the FIFA Under 20 World Cup including preview, schedule, teams and analysis

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With the careers of current stars Paul Pogba and Harry Kane launched in the last FIFA Under 20 World Cup, we can expect to see some of the stars of the future ply their trade in the New Zealand-hosted tournament.

We examine the six groups with a team, match and player to watch.

Group A - Myanmar, New Zealand, USA, Ukraine

Team to watch:  USA -  With Arsenal prodigy Gedion Zelalem and Fulham youngster Emerson Hyndman, the USA possess two of the best playmakers in the tournament. The team has been earmarked as one of the best youth teams in USA history. Expect striker Rubio Robin to feature among the goals.

Match to watch: USA v Ukraine -  Both teams are favourites to progress with their match on June 5 looming as the decider of the group winner.

Player to watch: Emerson Hyndman (USA) -  Often less regarded because of the Arsenal connection with Zelalem, Hyndman has established himself as the team's key playmaker. His performance will be key if the USA are to challenge for the Cup.


Group B - Argentina, Austria, Ghana, Panama

Team to watch:  Austria -  The Europeans only conceded three goals in qualifying, proving to have the sturdiest defence of any team in the tournament. A repeat performance could see the Austrians go deep into the knockout stages.

Match to watch:  Austria v Argentina -  Should be a cracker of a match with Argentina star Angel Correa and Austrian midfielder Konrad Laimer leading the way for their respective teams. Could decide the group winner.

Player to watch:  Angel Correa (Argentina) -  A heart tumour sidelined the dynamic striker since he moved to Atletico Madrid from San Lorenzo. The 20-year-old scored 12 goals in 65 games for San Lorenzo to earn his move to Spain.


Group C - Colombia, Portugal, Senegal, Qatar

Team to watch: Portugal - With Porto forward Andre Silva and Manchester City prodigy Marcos Lopes, Portugal's attack should one to watch during the tournament. One of the favorites.

Match to watch: Portugal v Qatar - The 2022 World Cup hosts were Asia's best youth side in qualifying and it's a timely development considering the struggles of their senior national team. Can Portugal deal with the group's dark horse?

Player to watch: Marcos Lopes (Portugal) - Lopes has spent the season on loan at Lille with an impressive three goals in appearances for the Ligue 1 side. He is Manchester City's youngest goal scorer after scoring in an FA Cup game in 2014.


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Group D - Mali, Mexico, Serbia, Uruguay

Team to watch: Mexico - A traditional producer of strong youth teams, Mexico look set to be one of the favorites again after conceding only three goals in qualifying.

Match to watch: Uruguay v Mexico - The two powerhouses of group D - expect a showdown that sees the winner top the group.

Player to watch: Diego Poyet (Uruguay) - Originally represented England at youth level, Gus Poyet's son Diego played three times for English Premier League side West Ham during last campaign. If he is half as good as his father....


Group E - Brazil, Hungary, Nigeria, South Korea

Team to watch: Nigeria - The African champions have produced an exciting generation of youngsters including Granada's Isaac Success and Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho. Has made the knockout stages in eight of their 10 Under-20 World Cups.

Match to watch: Nigeria v Brazil - The two favourites for Group D both are both known for their flair-based attacking football. Expect some Samba magic from the Brazilians.

Player to watch:  Andres Pereira (Brazil) - A player with Manchester United first-team experience, expect Pereira to show why he is on the books of one of the best clubs in the world. Won Manchester United's Under 21 Player of the Year award.


Group F - Fiji, Germany, Honduras, Uzbekistan

Team to watch: Germany - With several stars featuring in the Bundesliga such as Hany Mukhtar, Julian Brandt and Marc Stendera, can the German side emulate their senior counterparts?

Match to watch: Germany v Fiji - The Pacific Island nation did well to qualify for the tournament but it could be a bloodbath against the efficient and effective German outfit.

Player to watch: Julian Brandt (Germany) - Despite only being 19 years old, Brandt is a regular for Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen - scoring six goals in 34 appearances.



May 30    New Zealand v Ukraine     Auckland
May 30    United States v Myanmar     Whangarei
Jun 2    Myanmar v Ukraine     Whangarei
Jun 2    New Zealand v United States     Auckland
Jun 5    Myanmar v New Zealand     Wellington
Jun 5    Ukraine v United States     Auckland

May 30    Argentina v Panama     Wellington
May 30    Ghana v Austria     Wellington
Jun 2    Argentina v Ghana     Wellington
Jun 2    Austria v Panama     Wellington
Jun 5    Austria v Argentina     Wellington
Jun 5    Panama v Ghana     Auckland

May 31    Qatar v Colombia     Hamilton
May 31    Portugal v Senegal     Hamilton
Jun 3    Qatar v Portugal     Hamilton
Jun 3    Senegal v Colombia     Hamilton
Jun 6    Senegal v Qatar     Hamilton
Jun 6    Colombia v Portugal     Dunedin

May 31    Mexico v Mali     Dunedin
May 31    Uruguay v Serbia     Dunedin
Jun 3    Mexico v Uruguay     Dunedin
Jun 3    Serbia v Mali     Dunedin
Jun 6    Mali v Uruguay     Hamilton
Jun 6    Serbia v Mexico     Dunedin

Jun 1    Nigeria v Brazil     New Plymouth
Jun 1    North Korea v Hungary     New Plymouth
Jun 4    Nigeria v North Korea     New Plymouth
Jun 4    Hungary v Brazil     New Plymouth
Jun 7    Brazil v North Korea     Christchurch
Jun 7    Hungary v Nigeria     New Plymouth

Jun 1    Germany v Fiji     Christchurch
Jun 1    Uzbekistan v Honduras     Christchurch
Jun 4    Germany v Uzbekistan     Christchurch
Jun 4    Honduras v Fiji     Christchurch
Jun 7    Honduras v Germany     Christchurch
Jun 7    Fiji v Uzbekistan     Whangarei

Jun 10    Gp B 1st v Gp A/C/D 3rd     Wellington     37
Jun 10    Gp D 1st v Gp B/E/F 3rd     Dunedin     38
Jun 10    Gp A 2nd v Gp C 2nd     Wellington     39
Jun 10    Gp A 1st v Gp C/D/E 3rd     Auckland     40
Jun 11    Gp B 2nd v Gp F 2nd     Whangarei     42
Jun 11    Gp F 1st v Gp E 2nd     Christchurch     41
Jun 11    Gp C 1st v Gp A/B/F 3rd     Hamilton     43
Jun 11    Gp E 1st v Gp D 2nd     New Plymouth     44

Jun 14    44 winner v 43 winner     Hamilton     45
Jun 14    37 winner v 41 winner     Christchurch     46
Jun 14    39 winner v 38 winner     Auckland     47
Jun 14    42 winner v 40 winner     Wellington     48

Jun 17    45 winner v 48 winner     Christchurch
Jun 17    47 winner v 46 winner     Auckland

Jun 20        Auckland

Jun 20        Auckland

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