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Korea Republic primed for big kick-off of U-20 World Cup

Thursday 18/May/2017 - 05:14 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
The participating countries' flags are flying in the streets، filling the six host cities with color، alongside the numerous banners and posters publicising the event، as the teams are ready to rumble. The FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 is all set to wow the world courtesy of great games، unforgettable goals، and youngsters who are on the path to stardom، according to FIFA website.
The action kicks off on Saturday 20 May، with four matches in store: Venezuela-Germany and Vanuatu-Mexico in Group B، and Argentina-England and Korea Republic-Guinea in Group A.
FIFA.com previews the 21st edition of the U-20 World Cup، the champions of which will be crowned on 11 June.

Despite being without some big names including Kylian Mbappe، France are obvious contenders on the strength of their victory at the 2016 UEFA European U-19 Championship. Portugal have a habit of making their mark at youth tournaments and look to boast a good blend in their squad، with several experienced heads who can guide their somewhat rawer 17-year-old and 18-year-old talents. Uruguay، meanwhile، impressed with their miserly defence and prolific attack en route to winning the South American U-20 Championship for the first time in 36 years.
Hosts Korea Republic will be able to call on not just a gifted، high-energy side، but raucous support from an entire nation. Zambia claimed the African crown in style، their explosiveness in particular catching the eye. USA will be hopeful that their defensive solidity can take them a long way، as was the case in the CONCACAF qualifying competition، while Mexico will fancy their chances of sweeping aside all comers if star attacker Ronaldo Cisneros is on song.

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