Football: U-20 World Cup kicks off in Poland next week
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More than 500 young football players from 24 nations are warming up to take part in the 2019 FIFA under-20 World Cup, which kicks off in Poland next week.
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The host nation will take on Colombia in the tournament’s opening match in the central Polish city of Łódź on May 23.
Poland have been drawn to play Colombia, Senegal and Tahiti in the group stage of the tournament.
The championships will be played in venues across Poland until June 15.
“We can look forward to seeing top-class football, as the squads include names who are already performing at a very high level in some of the most competitive leagues around the world, and a few who have even played for their senior national teams," said FIFA Deputy Secretary-General Zvonimir Boban.
He added: “Poland will be fantastic hosts, as the Polish [Football Association (PZPN)], which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has been doing a tremendous job – led by its President, the football legend Zbigniew Boniek – to organise a great tournament with FIFA.”
Poland’s Boniek said: “The FIFA U-20 World Cup really is a talent factory. There’ll probably be some unfamiliar faces on show for some people, but in two, three or four years’ time, they’ll be conquering stadiums in Europe and around the world. That’s another reason why it's worth coming and watching – what’s more, the tickets are very affordable.”
Fans can purchase tickets via www.FIFA.com/tickets/U20WC. Prices start at PLN 10.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup is held every two years.