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I guess this thread belongs here, no?

draw's later tonight.

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Fates revealed at the Temple



(FIFA.com)

Saturday 4 April 2009

The destiny of 24 qualifying teams for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 will be decided on Sunday 5 April (20.00h local time and CET) in the ancient environs of the Luxor Temple. FIFA vice-president and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Jack A. Warner will attend the draw at the stunning 3,500 year old temple on the banks of the Nile in Luxor, southern Egypt.

The draw will determine the fixtures for the group stage of the competition, which will be played in Alexandria, Cairo, Ismailia, Port Said and Suez from 24 September to 16 October 2009. Hosts Egypt, European champions Germany and South American champions Brazil are the only three seeded teams.

With geographic and sporting criteria in mind and to also help maintain the FIFA principle of no two teams from the same confederation being drawn to the same group, the names of the 24 qualified teams have been divided into four pots with six teams each.

The FIFA Organising Committee has approved a request of the Egyptian Local Organising Committee to seed and assign to a particular venue the host along with the European and South American champions, as only European and South American teams have emerged as champions in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In order to identify these three seeded teams, they have been placed in different coloured balls in their respective pots.

Pot 1: Egypt (seeded), Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil (seeded)
Pot 2: Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Costa Rica, USA, Honduras,
Pot 3: UAE, Uzbekistan, Korea Republic, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Tahiti,
Pot 4: Germany (seeded), Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, England

During the draw, those 24 teams will then be divided into six groups of four.

A rich history
The FIFA U-20 World Cup is not only the second oldest FIFA competition, but with 24 participating teams, it is also jointly second-largest together with the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The tournament this year returns to the African continent for the first time in ten years with Nigeria the most recent host. The only other African nation to play the role of host was Tunisia in 1977 for the inaugural edition, making Egypt 2009 a return to the tournament's birthplace.

The hopes and dreams of Egypt's massive football support will be with the host nation who will be endeavouring to claim their first FIFA tournament victory. Should they manage to do so, they would repeat the feat of Portugal (1991) and Argentina (2001) who claimed the coveted prize on home turf. It would also be one step beyond the achievements of any African team with both Ghana and Nigeria having twice finished runners-up.

The tournament has long been a breeding ground for future FIFA World Cup stars to make a first impression on the international stage. Such luminaries as Diego Maradona in the competition's fledgling era, through to modern giants of the game such as Lionel Messi, Kaka, Thierry Henry and 2007 golden-boy Sergio Aguero are all graduates of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Tight competition
A new name could well be etched onto the trophy at the 16 October final with a number of teams stating their credentials in qualifying combined with the fact that reigning and six-time champions Argentina failed to qualify making the tournament as wide open as ever.

Having appeared at every tournament bar one, Brazil will inevitably be strong contenders that many will wish to avoid in the draw, having won on four occasions, mostly recently in 2003. Continental brethren, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, the latter competing at their first FIFA tournament, are all set to provide strong competition having seen off Argentina in the qualifying process.

Another debuting will be minnows Tahiti who will represent Oceania having shocked onlookers to qualify and be the first Pacific island nation to appear at the tournament.

Representing CONMEBOL will be group winners United States and Honduras, champions Costa Rica plus Trinidad and Tobago, all of whom will be keen to put on a strong showing.

The European competitors are well credentialed with Germany the reigning European champions edging Italy in the final. Add to that Spain, who has a magnificent record at the tournament, Czech Republic runners-up at Canada 2007, plus England and Hungary.

Asia will be well-represented with shock qualifying winners United Arab Emirates, runners-up Uzbekistan, as well as Australia and Korea Republic.

Finally, to the African continent, whose competitors many will be no doubt happy to avoid given their strong track record, especially in what will be relatively familiar surroundings. African Champions Ghana and fellow-finalists Cameroon will be joined by Nigeria and South Africa. Last, but by no means least, is Egypt who will present a challenge to any opponent, roared on as they will be, by a large and fervent support.

With that in mind, make sure you log on to FIFA.com this Sunday to discover what is in store for the 24 hopefuls.

http://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/news/newsid=1045159.html#fates+revealed+temple
 

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Draw:

Group A (Match venue: Cairo International Stadium)
Egypt
Trinidad & Tobago
Paraguay
Italy

Group B (Match venue: Cairo, Al Salam Stadium)
Nigeria
Venezuela
Spain
Tahiti

Group C (Match venue: Suez, Mubarak Stadium)
USA
Germany
Cameroon
Korea Republic

Group D (Match venue: Ismalia Stadium)
Ghana
Uzbekistan
England
Uruguay

Group E (Match venue: Port Said Stadium)
Brazil
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Australia

Group F (Match venue: Alexandria Stadium)
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Honduras
Hungary

England look to have a tough group. Tahiti the long shots ;)
 

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tough group for USA, but they will be helped somewhat that new rule changes in the MLS and more younger players going into Europe means more U20 players are already playing at a professional level, which was not the case in previous tournaments where we had many college players who haven't played at this lecel before

who was the seeded team in Group F :googly:
 

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This tournament is in September and I feel Italy have something very good to look forward too. However, with the tournament being in September, it means some big teams could be without players. Already Santon, Macheda etc. for Italy.
 

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It could've been played during the month of July, but at least they're thinking of the players who come from tough seasons with their clubs..
 

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The possible Italian team in this tournament will actually be immense compared to the very last team we had in this. Exciting times, lets hope they show it on the pitch and all the possible players can be there (Fiorillo, Poli, Santon, Macheda, Forestieri, Okaka etc.)
 

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Hopefully some T&T players shine and get spotted by some Serie A clubs.
 

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Is it just me, or does USA constantly have to play Germany and Korea in every aged world cup they are in?:confused:
 

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Finally England have made it. I really hope they select the best team available...not just pick the 89ers. There are some fantastic prospects in the 90-92 generation that should be selected.
 

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WTF is up with this tournament being played in September? Does Fifa know every domestic league of every country is in full swing during that month? This is not some U-17 players.
 

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Just an interesting note. Here are the players who have been voted player of the tournament

1977: Volodymyr Bessonov (Went on to be top class right-back of USSR 79 caps and Dinamo Kiev 377 appearances, current coach of Dnipro)

1979: Diego Maradona (No need for a story)

1981: Romulus Gabor (Played 35 times for Romania)

1983: Geovani (Had a succesful career in Brazil, especially for Vasco De Gama and played for the NT 23 times)

1985: Paulo Silas (Played in many different countries including Italy for Sampdoria, and played 34 times for Brazil)

1987: Robert Prosinecki (Key part in Croatia 1998 third-place, and a very succesful club career with various teams)

1989: Bismarck (Despite a great start to his career, including 13 NT apps before 1990, most of the rest of his time as a footballer was in Japan)

1991: Emilio Peixe (Another whose career faded after early success, ended up a reserve in many good teams)

1993: Adriano (Never went on to play for Brazil, but played for many teams in his native country)

1995: Caio (Only went on to play 11 times for Brazil, scoring 8 goals, but he had a decent club career including spells at Inter, Napoli, Santos and Flamengo)

1997: Nicolas Olivera (His best spell came with Sevilla between 1998-2002 and played for many other Spanish teams aswell as playing for Uruguay 28 times, Still plays for Mexican team, Veracruz)

1999: Seydou Keita (Currently at Barca, after good spells with Sevilla and Lens, also played 20 times for Mali)

2001: Javier Saviola (Never fulfilled his potential, but played at the very top level for Barca and R. Madrid who he is currently at, also played 44 times for Argentina and still just 27)

2003: Ismail Matar (At 25, still the chance to shine in Europe, but currently playing in his homeland)

2005: Leonel Messi

2007: Sergio Aguero
 

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Ismail Matar doesn't need to play in the spoilt European surrounding :) UAE league gives him both fame and money.
 

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uh, hate the fact this tournament is in September, surely some teams won't even bring their "A" team because of this?
Indeed, the tourney got moved because of the Confed. Cup plus I imagine some of the best players would have senior NT commitments in October as well (I'm thinking specifically a player like Altidore for the USA who would be eligible for the tournament). And yeah probably many clubs won't release their players (not sure if they are forced to or not for this) or some federations will just not send a strong team as they view their national leagues as more important. Italy's squad is missing a lot of the top U20 players.
 

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uh, hate the fact this tournament is in September, surely some teams won't even bring their "A" team because of this?
That didn't hinder Spain from calling up all their best players who's actually considered for this tournament. The problem here is that the clubs always whine about something, either it's that their players will be too tired when the new season starts, that's if this tournament is played until the latter part of July or they'll be screwed over because they need these players in September/October.
 
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