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Groups Drawn for FIFA Under 20 World Cup

Ghana won the tournament in 2009, but unfortunately didn't make it through the African Qualifying stages this time out.

The draw for the FIFA Under 20s World Cup has been made in Colombia.

England Under 20s will face Argentina, South Korea and Mexico as they bid to lift the title.

In 2009, Argentina Under 20s did not qualify for the tournament but won the competition two consecutive times before.

Earlier this season, they finished third in the South American Youth Championships, behind Brazil and Uruguay.

Upcoming stars such as Michael Hoyos, Sergio Araujo and Juan Iturbe will represent the Argentinians at the tournament and all are players to keep an eye on.

South Korea Under 20s reached the quarter finals in 2009, their joint best positioning ever in the tournament.

They qualified to the tournament thanks to their semi-final placing at the Asian Under 19 Championship in 2010. Their record in that tournament is impressive as they have won 11 times since it’s creation in 1959.

Interestingly, they shared the winning honours with Iraq in 1978, drawing the final 1-1.

Mexico Under 20s did not qualify for the last Under 20 World Cup and do not look much of a challenge to England’s side.

Despite this, their manager, Juan Carlos Chavez has some substantial experience with Mexicans, having managed Atlas on three separate occasions between spells at Pachuca, Puebla and Monarcas Morelia.

Elsewhere in the draw, favourites Brazil have a relatively easy group facing Panama, Egypt and Austria.

The champions of the ongoing Oceania Under 20 Championship will have a hard test against Portugal, Cameroon and Uruguay.

Here’s the draw in full courtesy of The FA’s official website.

Group A (Bogota/Cali)
Colombia
France
Mali
Korea Republic

Group B (Cali/Bogota)
Portugal
Uruguay
Cameroon
Champion of Oceania (TBD)

Group C (Manizales/Pereira)
Australia
Ecuador
Costa Rica
Spain

Group D (Armenia/Pereira)
Croatia
Saudi Arabia
Nigeria
Guatemala

Group E (Barranquilla/Cartagena)
Brazil
Egypt
Austria
Panama

Group F (Medellin/Cartagena)
Argentina
Mexico
England
Korea DPR

 
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