The twenty-second edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off in much less than 90 days, and two essential milestones had been reached this weekend as the match in Poland tactics.
Greek, a Polish bison, became unveiled as the tournament’s Official Mascot on Saturday 23 February, at the same time as a day after today, the 24 participating teams discovered who they may face at the arena’s maximum important teens match after the organization level draw was made at the Gdynia Arena.
FIFA legends Bebeto, who received the U-20 World Cup in 1983 and the FIFA World Cup in 1994; and Fernando Couto, who lifted the U-20 title in 1989, made attract the front of several coaches and icons of Polish soccer.
Hosts Poland will face Colombia inside the commencing match on 23 May and was drawn within the similar organization as Senegal. All three facets met at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ during the institution degree.
“I will be here throughout the summer season, now not simplest to experience the video games but additionally to discover the way of life of Poland,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. “The FIFA U-20 World Cup is a manner for young players to illustrate their abilities, and it is the second oldest FIFA competition, watched through more than 13 million human beings. Tickets are very affordable, so we hope for packed stadiums inside the six host towns of Poland.”
“We are thrilled that FIFA has relied on us to organize this superb occasion,” stated Zbigniew Boniek, President of the Polish Football Association. “The match may be a massive success, made collectively via FIFA and the Polish FA. Everyone could have the hazard to revel in Polish hospitality, our openness to others, our delicacies, and are extremely good enthusiasts. This event is organized in a special year for us as we have a good time 100 years of the Polish FA.”
“The FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1983 was one of the highlights of my career,” stated Bebeto. “Not handiest because of the suits but also because of the environment, the stadiums, and the whole event. As a country with superb footballing records and way of life, Poland will undoubtedly stage a wonderful match.”
“I realize from personal experience that the U-20 World Cup is extremely disturbing and thrilling,” stated Couto. “Anybody should win it. A lot of teams should go in an extended manner, along with the hosts. Polish enthusiasts and traveling supporters can look forward to an astonishing opposition where there might be lots of attacking football on display.”
“We have moderate déjà vu as our organization seems almost the same as on the World Cup in Russia, where we additionally faced Colombia and Senegal. We chatted in Warsaw about such an opportunity before the draw, and it occurred! This group is great. We have our goals, and we need to gain them. We could be ready. Of course, we can be beneath stress as the host state constantly is – the outlet rite, the whole sport, but were tremendous. You paintings for this, you figure for a chance to participate in any such tournament. It might be a pleasure to open this competition.”
Jacek Magiera (Poland U-20 head educate)
“Almost all the corporations, in my view, are well balanced, but ours is a little bit unique. We have Poland, the hosts of the tournament. It goes to be extra special due to that. We have a mild psychological benefit over Poland as our national group beat them at the World Cup in Russia. Our intention? To reach the final!”
Mayacine Mar (Senegal U-20 head teach)
“I realize what it way to win the U-20 World Cup as I did it with Fernando Couto, who took component in present-day attract Gdynia. We celebrated our victory in 1989 and, of the path, it turned into very unique. Now, we also have an appropriate crew, and we’ll go to Poland with high expectancies. But we’ll take it sport by way of sport.”
Helio Sousa (Portugal U-20 head coach)
“For me, what is most essential is that we finally understand our opponents. Now we will put higher together for this tournament, focusing on the particular fighters we can face. What would Uruguay like to expose to the world during this event? I suppose we are a team that may be dangerous in attack while we’re additionally robust in defense. It would be proper to expose those features right here in Poland.”