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    FIFA U-20 World Cup

    The 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be the 22nd edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the biennial international men's youth football championship contested by the under-20 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, since its inception in 1977 as the FIFA World Youth Championship. The tournament will be hosted by Poland between 23 May and 15 June 2019.

    England won the previous tournament but will not defend their title after losing 3–0 to Norway in a play-off for the final qualifying place at the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Finland. England are the sixth consecutive champions to have failed to qualify for the subsequent U-20 World Cup.

    With 504 of the world’s best young players set to grace the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019, the tournament presents a stunning opportunity to see stars of the future.

    While fans will be flocking to the stadiums across Poland between 23 May and 15 June, there is also the chance for scouts to take advantage of the abundance of talent on show.



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    Matchday 1:

    Group A
    Tahiti 0-3 Senegal Amadou Sagna scored a hattrick and wrote history after scoring in just 9,6 seconds. Keep an eye on him!

    Poland 0-2 Colombia

    Group B
    Mexico 1-2 Italy

    Japan 1-1 Ecuador

    Player to watch
    Radoslaw Majecki Goalkeeper, Poland

    Majecki has been the first-choice goalkeeper for top Polish club Legia Warsaw since October 2018. The 19-year-old has kept seven clean sheets and conceded just 12 goals in 14 league games. He will be a formidable presence for the hosts on home turf.

    Diego Lainez Midfielder, Mexico

    Although this highly rated attacking midfielder is only 18 years old, he has already won four senior international caps. He has been playing for Real Betis in Spain since January 2019, making 16 appearances for the club last season. Lainez also played every minute of Mexico’s four matches at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, and will be the mainstay of El Tri's midfield in Poland.
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    Matchday 2
    Group C
    Honduras 0–5 New Zealand

    Uruguay 3–1 Norway

    Group D
    Qatar 0–4 Nigeria

    Ukraine 2–1 United States

    Matchday 3
    Group E May 25 18:00 CEST
    France - Saudi Arabia
    Panama - Mali

    Group F May 25
    15:30 CEST
    Portugal - South Korea
    20:30 CEST:
    Argentina - South Africa

    Players to watch:

    Cucho Hernandez - Colombia

    On the books at ​Watford, Hernandez joined Sergio Aguero this year in becoming the only teenager to score away at ​Real Madrid and ​Barcelona in the same season for the past 50 years. Unfortunately for him, he was on the losing side on both occasions as Huesca failed to consolidate their place in La Liga and were relegated this season.

    Due back at Vicarage Road now his loan has finished, the winger could well be on the way to earning himself a spot in the first team for the ​Premier League outfit.

    Erling Braut Håland – Norway

    Arguably the player on everyone's lips heading into the tournament, frontman Håland is the son of former ​Leeds United and ​Manchester City defender Alf-Inge Håland. Born in Leeds, the 18-year-old moved to Molde under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scoring 20 goals in 50 appearances for Norwegian side.

    Such was his potential in Norway he was snapped up last winter by Red Bull Salzburg, were he's netted once in his two league appearances for the side.

    Boubacar Kamara – France

    Just like their senior counterparts, France’s Under-20 side is littered with talent. Such is their capabilities they would in with a shout of making it into the regular World Cup if they were given a shot at qualification.

    You could have blindly chosen anyone of their squad to feature on this list, but Boubacar Kamara has played nigh-on every game in Marseille’s defence this season, so it's no wonder he is being watched by some of Europe’s elite sides. Expect big things to come of this French wonderkid.

    Ezequiel Barco – Argentina

    Plying his trade for Atlanta United in the MLS, Barco has began the season superbly with four goals and an assist in the eight first matches of the season. He will be forever remembered back in his native Argentina by Independiente fans, after scoring the goal that helped his former club win the Copa Sudamericana.

    If he can rediscover his Independiente form, Argentina could be front runner for the title.

    Lee Kang-in – South Korea

    After joining Valencia's academy at the age of ten, Kang-in has gone on to represent the first team with 11 appearances across all competitions this season.

    The attacking midfielder is only 18, making him one of the youngest players in the tournament, but he is so highly rated he has already joined up with South Korea’s senior national team. Well on course to becoming a first team regular for the ​La Liga side.

    Timothy Weah – USA

    Son of Ballon d'Or winner George Weah, Timothy already has eight senior caps for the national team and spent this season on loan at Scottish giants Celtic from Paris Saint-Germain.

    The French side will be looking to loan him out again this season, therefore he has a great opportunity to put himself in the shop window for any clubs seeking a new forward. If he's even half as good as his dad he's in for a long and fruitful career.

    Ibrahima Niane – Senegal

    Niane is only 20 years old but already he's made himself a nuisance to opposition sides, the Metz forward helped his side to promotion to Ligue 1 with ten goals this season. More notably though, he scored against Monaco to help knock them out of the Coupe de France in what proved to be Thierry Henry’s last match in charge.

    Turki Al-Ammar – Saudi Arabia

    Named the best upcoming youth player in Saudi Professional League, midfielder Al-Ammar is set be the creative force in his country's midfield after bursting onto the scene for Saudi side Al-Shabab in 2017.

    His performances for his club and during the AFC Under-19 Asia Cup, in which he won Player of the Tournament, earned him a call-up to the senior side.
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    Braut Haaland opened a can of whoop ass on Honduras

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    Reaching the quarter finals there are some serious upsets like the elimination of title favourites and current FIFA World Champions France against USA. Other favourites like Argentine, being the most successful team of this competition and Portugal, eliminated in the quarter-finals the previous two editions, failed to live up to expectations and could not pass the quarter finals.

    Home country Poland underperformed as they could not deliver the necessary creativity to produce changes. They scored 5 goals out of four games, all of them against Tahiti. Norways record 12-0 score was not enough to qualify for the second round, also meaning a farewell to a precious diamant like Erling Braut Håland.

    Where others fail the Ukraine U20 side delivers and give birth to a first ever semifinal in this competition, beating Colombia 1-0. The likes of Denis Popov, Andrey Lunin, Danilo Sikan, Viktor Korniienko, Sergiy Buletsa & Vladisvlav Supriaha are writing history for their country. There opponents will be the Azzurri or the African contenders of Mali.

    Quarter Finals:

    FT: Colombia 0-1 Ukraine
    07 Jun 2019 - 18:30 CEST: Italy vs Mali
    08 Jun 2019 - 17:30 CEST: USA vs Ecuador
    08 Jun 2019 - 20:30 CEST: Korea Republic vs Senegal
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    Ukraine’s U20 team wins 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup



    Ukraine are the rightful champions of this tournament. Oleksandr Petrakov's men showed a solid organisation, gave very few chances to their opponents and were decisive upfront. A bit fortune in the semi final game against Italy, where Gianluca Scamacca's injury time goal was disallowed by the VAR, helped them further. From never progressing past the Round of 16 to lifting the trophy, Ukraine's unprecedented run to the title will be an enduring memory of Poland 2019.

    Final standings

    1 - Ukraine
    2 - Korea Republic
    3 - Ecuador
    4 - Italy

    Individual awards

    adidas Golden Ball: Kang-in Lee (Korea Republic)
    adidas Golden Boot: Erling Haland (Norway) (all nine against Honduras;12-0 )
    adidas Golden Glove: Andriy Lunin (Ukraine)
    FIFA Fair Play Award: Japan

    FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 - Tournament roundup film

    My Best Eleven:

    Gonzalo Plata (Ecuador) Andrea Pinamonti (Italy) Sekou Koita (Mali)
    Serhii Buletsa (Ukraine) Jose Cifuentes (Ecuador) Kang-in Lee (Korea Republic)
    Diego Palacios (Ecuador) Valerii Bondar (Ukraine) Denis Popov (Ukraine) Yukhym Konoplia (Ukraine)
    Alessandro Plizzari (Italy)
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