Tuesday, 10 July 2007

There is another Cup going on

Its not getting much coverage here in Australia, because we are not involved but the U20 World Cup is currently underway in Canada. Apparently the tournament has been a huge success so far with stadiums almost full for all the matches. The group stage has just finished and the line up for the round of 16 is as follows:

Austria v Gambia
USA v Uruguay
Spain v Brazil
Japan v Czech Republic
Chile v Portugal
Zambia v Nigeria
Argentina v Poland
Mexico v Congo

Our friends across the Tasman, New Zealand were knocked out at the group stage after being in a group with powerhouses Mexico and Portugal. Mexico look the team to beat with their team being the core of the team that won the last U17 World Cup. They will face a tough challenge if they make it to the quarter finals in the form of Argentina, who after a slow start are also playing well. Its also good to see the African teams playing well with four making it past the group stage. Of the round of 16 matches, the Spain v Brazil match looks a cracker and it will be interesting to see if the US continues its great form of the group stage against Uruguay, with Freddy Adu starting to live up to some of the hype.

Image "borrowed" from FIFA.com


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