The FIFA Under-17 Men’s Youth World Cup tournament will commence in Brazil tomorrow, 26 October 2019.
It has been recorded in history that Brazil will be hosting the youth tournament will for the first time
Initially, the 24-team competition had been awarded to Peru, but organisational problems led to FIFA moving the event to Brazil in March.Matches will take place in four venues across Brasília, Goiânia and Cariacica, until November 17.
Brazil have won the tournament on three previous occasions, but their last triumph came back in 2003.The hosts begin their campaign tomorrow when they face Canada at the Estádio Bezerrão in Brasília.
Flamengo has refused to release the highly-rated Reinier Jesus Carvalho, to play at the tournament, which leaves Brazil with a little disadvantage.
As for the group stage, New Zealand and Angola will go head-to-head in Group A on the first day of competition, while regular and five-time winners Nigeria, will compete in Group B with Hungary, Ecuador and Australia.
In Group C, South Korea, Haiti, France and Chile, will slug it out, while United States, Senegal, Japan and the Netherlands will be involved in a contest in Group D.
The youngest Barcelona player to feature in the Champions League earlier this year, talented Ansu Fati, will be out of the Spanish squad as the tournament is about to commence.
The 16-year-old, who has been cleared to play for Spain, was left out of the squad to compete in Brazil. The Guinea-Bissau-born youngster is now expected to be part of Spain’s plans for the Olympic football tournament at Tokyo 2020.
Spain, who have a talented attacking midfielder Matias Palacios, that earned the ‘star performer’ accolade at the Under-17 South American Championship; which was won by Argentina, will face the challenge of Cameroon, Tajikistan and Argentina in Group E,.
Italy, Paraguay, Mexico and the Solomon Islands complete the line-up for the tournament, with the four teams featuring in Group F.
The top two teams in each group will progress to the knockout stage, along with the best four third-placed teams. The knockout stage which will run until November 17 starts on November 5.
The Estádio Bezerrão will welcome football enthusiasts and lovers as both the final and third place playoff will be held at these venues, on the last day of the tournament.
As for England, they will not defend the title they earned in 2017 after failing to qualify.
Source: Inside The Games