U20 World Cup offers glory for teams, stardom for youngsters


South Korea and Guinea will have their opening match at Jeonju World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday, after England and Argentina go head-to-head at the same venue.

With the likes of talented defender Abolfazl Razzaghpour and livewire forward set to feature along Jafari, head coach Amirhossein Peiravani’s charges should not be taken lightly by their Group C opponents.

“Hopefully, we can entertain the South Korean public and get some positive results”.

“I’m delighted with the squad we have been able to assemble out here and I’m really looking forward to seeing the players perform on a wonderful stage”, said the Cumbrian, who led the Blues to double promotions in 2005 and 2006. We have watched a number of their games and we had the great experience of coming over previous year to play against them, so we will be prepared.

With the tournament taking place in Asia, continental hopes rest on the shoulders of Japan and host South Korea.

This will be the first time the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) has been run at a Federation Internationale de Football Association youth tournament.

“Teams in Group A are all strong, so the first game is very important”, he said.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup kicks off in South Korea on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Video assistance is being trialled at this competition and a sly elbow was spotted and the ref on the pitch alerted, seeing Argentina reduced to 10 men when the score was already 2-0. “We have a good record in this tournament”, he said in Vietnam earlier in May.

England brings three players from Premier League champion Chelsea and five from Everton, but they are not considered a front-runner for the title.

If a match is all square after 90 minutes, both sides will get to use a fourth substitution and, if two hours of football can not separate them, penalties will be taken in a new order.

Seung-woo signed for the Catalans in 2011 after impressing at the Danone Cup in South Africa aged just 13.

Great to see the two Newcastle players starring in this World Cup opener and it looks all but certain that both will be going out on another loan in August.

Sixteen of the 24 teams in the tournament _ the top two of each of the six groups and the four best third-placed finishers _ will progress to the second round.

In a press conference Friday, FIFA’s Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca said he doesn’t want the VAR system to be used in every play of the game.

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