Monday, August 26, 2013

U-17s get tough draw for World Cup

U-17s get tough draw for World Cup
 The largest football event ever to be hosted in the UAE taking place across six cities UAE

A total of 52 matches will be played over a three week period in six of the UAE's top stadiums - Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Stadium in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah Stadium in Fujairah, Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, Rashid Stadium in Dubai and Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain.

The FIFA tournament takes place every two years and is one of the biggest international football events in the world.

Over the years, the tournament has been the birthplace of some of the biggest stars in the game, with the likes of Ronaldinho (Brazil), Luis Figo (Portugal), Alessandro Del Piero (Italy) and Juan Sebastian Veron (Argentina) all having made their name as youngsters in previous FIFA U-17 World Cup tournaments. And 2013 is sure to be no different as the sporting world turns its attentions to the UAE to see who will emerge as the next international footballing superstar.

The complete groups for the event are as follows:

Group A: United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Brazil, Slovakia

Group B: Uruguay, New Zealand, Ivory Coast, Italy

Group C: Croatia, Morocco, Panama, Uzbekistan

Group D: Tunisia, Venezuela, Russia, Japan

Group D: Canada, Austria, Iran, Argentina

Group F: Mexico, Nigeria, Iraq, Sweden

There is not clear group of death in the bunch thanks to all of the regional champions being assigned to different groups but there are Potentially Certainly some interesting match-ups along the way. On paper all four of the teams from CONCACAF Should Be Happy With Their draw As They Should all be in a position to do well.

The Brazilians reward the FIFA U17 World Cup record holders in terms of goals (142), games (65) and wins (40).

The tournament will begin on October 17 with the UAE taking on Honduras in Abu Dhabi.   

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