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FIFA Under-20 World Cup: Group stages

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Peter Taylor will be managing England at the tournament. (©GettyImages)
Peter Taylor will be managing England at the tournament. (©GettyImages).

Founded in 1977, the FIFA Under-20 World Cup is a tournament too often ignored by fans worldwide. Past viewers will know that it is actually a terrific tournament to watch for many reasons. 

First, it gives supporters a chance to see their nation's future stars, and second, it is a nice break from international friendlies that force first team players to turn out for their country in a meaningless fixture. 

Youngsters like Lionel Messi, Xavi, Rafeal Van Der Vaart, and David Silva have graced past tournaments. The tournament has high pace, energetic games that make it a great platform for these transitional prospects to show their worth for future first team selection. 

It is a nice niche age to feature a squad as it often captures youngsters that are not quite ready to make it into the first team of their clubs, but are known for having talent to be watched. So instead of just hearing hype and rumours about the next big stars, supporters will be able to tune in and see for themselves. 

The format of the tournament is quite similar to that of its senior counterpart, but it is of a smaller scale - there are only six groups as opposed to eight. 

The 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup will take place in Turkey, and the draw was made last night in Istanbul. Here is the group stage draw for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup set to kick off this summer. The opening match will be between South Korea and Cuba on June 21st.

GROUP A

France
African qualifier*
USA
Spain

GROUP B

Cuba
Korea Republic
African qualifier*
Portugal

GROUP C

Turkey
El Salvador
Colombia
Australia

GROUP D

Mexico
Greece
Paraguay
African qualifier*

GROUP E

Chile 
African Champion*
England
Iraq

GROUP F

Fiji/New Zealand 
Uzbekistan
Uruguay
Croatia

*Please note that teams from Africa have not yet completed their qualification rounds yet. 


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