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2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Teams & Squads - Everything you need to know about all 24 nations

Qualification, history, manager & squads ahead of the 22nd U20 World Cup in Poland.
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England won the U20 World Cup final against Venezuela in Suwon on June 11, 2017 (Getty Images)
The 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup will be the 22nd edition of the tournament, a chance for the best young players in the world to showcase their skills and announce themselves on a global stage. The tournament was known as the FIFA World Youth Championship until 2005 when it became the FIFA U20 World Cup. 

A total of 24 teams qualified for the tournament in Poland from all six continental competitions. We have everything you need to know about the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup teams & squads including how they qualified, history, best results, managers and the full squad lists for the tournament starting on 23 May 2019.

2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Groups


Group AGroup BGroup CGroup DGroup EGroup F
PolandMexicoHondurasQatarPanamaPortugal
ColombiaItalyNew ZealandNigeriaMaliSouth Korea
TahitiJapanUruguayUkraineFranceArgentina
SenegalEcuadorNorwayUnited StatesSaudi ArabiaSouth Africa

24 nations are competing for the 2019 U20 World Cup troph. Six time winners Argentina are third favourites at 9.00. South American rivals Brazil failed to qualify but Colombia are given a decent chance at 10.00, Uruguay at 15.00 followed by Ecuador.

The European contingent includes two time winners Portugal who are second favourites behind France who are the bookmakers chioce to win the tournament.

Italy, host nation Poland, Mexico, United States, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal are given an outside chance followed by long shots South Africa, Honduras, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Panama and Tahiti.

Group A


Poland 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


Host nation Poland will contest their 5th tournament with their best finish at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship where they finished third. Poland were defeated 1-0 by Argentina in the semi-finals before beating South Korea 2-1 after extra time in the third place play-off.

The White Eagles head coach Jacek Magiera was a defensive player for Raków Częstochowa, Legia Warsaw, Widzew, Raków Częstochowa and Cracovia. 

Poland 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: 

#
Pos
Name
DOB
Club
1GKRadosław Majecki16 November 1999Legia Warsaw
2DFMaik Nawrocki7 February 2001Werder Bremen
3MFTymoteusz Puchacz23 January 1999GKS Katowice
4DFAdrian Gryszkiewicz13 December 1999Górnik Zabrze
5DFSerafin Szota4 March 1999Odra Opole
6DFSebastian Walukiewicz5 April 2000Pogoń Szczecin
7MFTomasz Makowski19 July 1999Lechia Gdańsk
8MFMateusz Bogusz22 August 2001Leeds United
9FWDominik Steczyk4 May 19991.FC Nürnberg
10MFDavid Kopacz29 May 1999VfB Stuttgart
11DFJakub Bednarczyk2 January 1999St. Pauli
12GKMiłosz Mleczko1 March 1999Puszcza Niepołomice
13MFMichał Skóraś15 February 2000Termalica Nieciecza
14MFNicola Zalewski23 January 2002Roma
15DFJan Sobociński20 March 1999ŁKS Łódź
16MFBartosz Slisz29 March 1999Zagłębie Lubin
17FWAdrian Benedyczak24 November 2000Pogoń Szczecin
18MFAdrian Stanilewicz22 February 2000Bayer Leverkusen
19MFAdrian Łyszczarz22 August 1999GKS Katowice
20MFMarcel Zylla14 January 2000Bayern Munich
21GKKarol Niemczycki5 July 1999NAC Breda

Colombia 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


Los Cafeteros qualified for their 10th tournament after scraping through in 4th position at the CONMEBOL 2019 South American U20 Championship. Colombiawon just one game in the five matches during the final stage but edged past Brazil on goal difference.

This will be Colombia’s 10th appearance at the U20 World Cup and first since 2015. Their best finish was third place in at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship which took place in United Arab Emirates.

Arturo Reyes has been manager since December 2017 and is also the assistant manager of the Colombia men’s team. His playing career featured spells at Atlético Bucaramanga, Academia F.C., Atlético Huila and Unión Magdalena.

Colombia 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Reinaldo Fontalvo, Carlos Cuesta, Andrés Reyes, Anderson Arroyo, Andrés Balanta, Andrés Perea, Iván Angulo, Jaime Alvarado, Luis Sandoval, Cucho Hernández, Luis Sinisterra, Juan Lemus, Kevin Mier, Juan Palma, Gustavo Carvajal, Brayan Vera, Déiber Caicedo, Andrés Amaya, Carlos Terán, Johan Carbonero, Jean Colorado.

Tahiti 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


Toa Aito qualified for their 2nd tournament after finishing as runners-up at the 2018 OFC U19 Championship on home soil. Tahiti finished behind New Zealand in Group A after defeating Papua New Guinea and Tonga. They then beat Solomon Islands 3-1 in the semi-finals but fell to a 1-0 defeat against New Zealand in the final.

Tahiti’s only previous appearance came at the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt where they lost every game in Group B, failing to score a goal and conceding 21. The South Pacific nation were defeated 8-0 by Spain, 8-0 by Venezuela and 5-0 by Nigeria. 

Head coach Bruno Tehaamoana has been in charge since 2017 and will up against it in Poland where avoiding defeat would be a great result. 

Tahiti 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Josselin Capel, Samuel Liparo, Hennel Tehaamoana, Kavai'ei Morgant, Etienne Tave, Terai Bremond, Ramanui Amau, Yann Vivi, Eddy Kaspard, Roonui Tehau, Mauri Heitaa, Hugo Boube, Kalahani Beaumert, Tutehau Tufariua, Tehauarii Holozet, Tevaearai Tamatai, Diego Araneda, Tevaitini Teumere, Herehaunui Ferrand, Kitin Maro and Moana Pito.


Senegal 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


The Young Lions of Teranga are only making their 3rd appearance after finishing 4th in 2015 in New Zealand. Senegal qualified after finishing as runners-up at the 2019 CAF Africa U20 Cup of Nations where they were defeated in the final in a penalty shootout against Mali.

Senegal did well in their first U20 World Cup in 2015, advancing as one of the best third-placed teams before beating Ukraine and Uzbekistan in the knockout rounds. They were no match for Brazil in the semi-final where they were thrashed 5-0 by Brazil.

Head coach Youssouph Dabo is in charge of a bright generation.

Senegal 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Cheikh Sarr, Moussa N'Diaye, Formose Mendy, Cavin Diagné, Souleymane Aw, Niakhate N'Diaye, Amadou Sagna, Mamadou Mbow, Dia N'Diaye, Ibrahima Dramé, Mamadou Danfa, Alpha Dionkou, Souleymane Cissé, Ibrahima Niane, Ousseynou Niang, Dialy N'Diaye, Dion Lopy, Faly Ndaw, Youssouph Badji, Amadou Ciss, François Djiba.

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Senegal were beaten 5-0 by Brazil in the FIFA U20 World Cup Semi Final match in New Zealand (Getty Images)

Group B


Mexico 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


El Tri are regular contenders and will me making their 16th appearance. Their best finish was as runners-up at the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship in Tunisia where they lost the final 9-8 in a penalty shootout against Soviet Union.

Mexico qualified through the 2018 CONCACAF U20 Championship where they were defeated 2-0 in the final by United States. José Macías was the top scorer at the tournament after scoring 10 goals.

Diego Ramírez is the manager after assistant manager spells at Club América and Club Tijuana before a short spell in charge at Dorados de Sinaloa.

Mexico 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Carlos Higuera, Kevin Álvarez, Gilberto Sepúlveda, Efraín Orona, Naelson Cárdenas, Alan Torres, Diego Hernández, Misael Domínguez, José Macías, Diego Lainez, Roberto de la Rosa, Luis López, Mario Trejo, Oswaldo León, Fernando Plascencia, Roberto Meraz, Daniel López, Carlos Gutiérrez, Antonio Figueroa, Adrián Lozano, Ángel Alonzo.

Italy 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


Gli Azzurrini haven’t tasted success at the U20 World Cup with their best finish in 2017 where they finished third. Italy lost 3-1 against eventual winners England in the semi-finals before beating Uruguay in a penalty shootout in the third place play-off.

Italy qualified after finished runners-up at the 2018 UEFA European U19 Championship. It was a thrilling final against Portugal, Moise Kean scoring twice in two minutes to send the match to extra time. Gianluca Scamacca equalised in the 107th minute but Portugal scored two minutes later to win the competition.

Italy will contest their 7th U20 World Cup under manager Paolo Nicolato. Nicolato was previously in charge of Chievo U19, Lumezzane and the Italy U18 and U19 squads.

Italy 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Alessandro Plizzari, Antonio Candela, Alessandro Tripaldelli, Matteo Gabbia, Alessandro Buongiorno, Davide Bettella, Davide Frattesi, Andrea Colpani, Andrea Pinamonti, Christian Capone, Gianluca Scamacca, Marco Carnesecchi, Gabriele Gori, Raoul Bellanova, Enrico Del Prato, Luca Ranieri, Luca Pellegrini, Marco Olivieri, Roberto Alberico, Salvatore Esposito, Leonardo Loria.

Japan 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


The Samurai Blue are making their 10th appearance at the FIFA U20 World Cup with their best finish in 199 where they finished runners-up. The Asian nation performed well in Nigeria, getting past Portugal, Mexico and Uruguay in the knockout rounds but were no match against Spain in the final where they were defeated 4-0.

Japan qualified after making the semi-finals of the 2018 AFC U19 Championship in Indonesia where they lost 2-0 against Saudi Arabia.

Japan are managed by Masanaga Kageyama who was a defender for JEF United Ichihara, Urawa Reds and Brummell Sendai. He previously managed Macau, Singapore U16 and Fagiano Okayama before taking over the Japanese U20 side in 2019.

Japan 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Tomoya Wakahara, Shunki Higashi, Yuki Kobayashi, Ayumu Seko, Yukinari Sugawara, Yuta Goke, Hiroki Ito, Kanya Fujimoto, Koki Saito, Mitsuki Saito, Kyosuke Tagawa, Shu Mogi, Taisei Miyashiro, Jun Nishikawa, Toichi Suzuki, Kota Yamada, Kennedy Mikuni, Taichi Hara, Hinata Kida, Keito Nakamura, Zion Suzuki.

Ecuador 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


La Tricolor qualified by winning the CONMEBOL2019 South American U20 Championship which was their first title. Leonardo Campana finished as top scorer with six goals, Alexander Alvarado and Jordan Rezabala both scoring three.

This will be Ecuador’s 4th appearance with their best finish being round of 16 finishes in 2001 and 2011. Former Argentine goalkeeper Jorge Célico will manage the side after taking over on 17 July 2017.

Ecuador 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Wellington Ramírez, Jackson Porozo, Diego Palacios, Jhon Espinoza, Jordy Alcívar, Exon Vallecilla, Luis Estupiñán, José Cifuentes, Leonardo Campana, Jordan Rezabala, Alexander Alvarado, Pierre Bellolio, Jefferson Arce, Richard Mina, Jesus Castillo, Sergio Quintero, Stiven Plaza, Luis Loor, Daniel Segura, Gonzalo Plata, Johan Lara.

Group C


Honduras 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


Honduras are making their 8th appearance and will be aiming to get out of the group stage for the first time. The Central American nation qualified after finishing 4th at the 2018 CONCACAF U20 Championship in the United States.

Manager Carlos Tábora was a central defender in the Honduras Second Division such as Independiente Villela and Hermacasa. He has managed at Independiente Villela, Platense, Honduras national under-17 football team, Villanueva, Parrillas One, Sula de La Lima, Honduras U21 football team, Honduras U15 team before returns to Parrillas One and Platense followed by the Honduras U20 team. On 26 February 2018, Tábora was appointed as coach for the senior Honduran team.

Honduras 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: José García, Elison Rivas, Darwin Diego, Axel Gómez, Wesly Decas, Everson López, Cristian Cálix, Gerson Chávez, César Romero, Carlos Mejía, Josué Villafranca, Óscar Reyes, Selvin Guevara, Joseph Rosales, Maynor Antúnez, Jack Jean Baptiste, Luis Palma, Jonathan Núñez, Mariano Álvarez, Patrick Palacios, Johan Villanueva.

New Zealand 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


The Junior All Whites are making their sixth appearance after reaching the round of 16 in 2015 and 2017. New Zealand qualified after winning the 2018 OFC U19 Championship where they defeated Tahiti 1-0 in the final.

Max Mata top scored at the tournament with five goals, Charles Spragg next best with four, Joe Bell and Oliver Whyte both scoring three. New Zealand head coach Des Buckingham was assistant manager of the men’s team before taking over the U20 side in February 2018.

New Zealand 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Michael Woud, George Stanger, Dalton Wilkins, Gianni Stensness, Nando Pijnaker, Dane Schnell, Elijah Just, Joe Bell, Max Mata, Sarpreet Singh, Matt Conroy, Cameron Brown, Liberato Cacace, Leon van den Hoven, Trevor Zwetsloot, Dominic Wooldridge, Callan Elliot, Ben Waine, Callum McCowatt, Willem Ebbinge, Zac Jones.

Uruguay 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


La Celeste are making their 15th appearance after finishing as runners-up in 1997 and 2013. Uruguay were defeated by Argentina in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship final and by France in the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup final. 

The Sky Blue qualified after finishing third at the CONMEBOL 2019 South American U20 Championship. Head coach Gustavo Ferreyra played for Central Español and Peñarol in the Primera División Uruguaya. 

He was assistant manager for Uruguay U17 from 2009-14 and Uruguay U17 from 2014-19 before taking the top job in February. Ferreyra made five appearances for the senior Uruguay national football team in 1991.

Uruguay 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Franco Israel, Bruno Méndez (captain), Sebastián Cáceres, Ezequiel Busquets, Martín Barrios, Maximiliano Araújo, Emiliano Gomez, Santiago Rodríguez ,Darwin Núñez, Nicolás Schiappacasse, Paul Brian Rodríguez, Renzo Rodríguez, Emiliano Ancheta, Francisco Ginella, Edgar Elizalde, Nicolás Acevedo, Thomás Chacón, Juan Sanabria, Ronald Araújo, Juan Manuel Boselli, Mauro Silveira.

Norway 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


The Scandinavian nation will be contesting just their 3rd tournament after defeating England 3-0 in the FIFA U20 World Cup play-off at the 2018 UEFA European U19 Championship. Erik Botheim, Eman Markovic and Jens Petter Hauge scored in the final 15 minutes in a historic victory.

Norway couldn’t get out of the group stage in their previous appearances in 1989 and 1993. They will be managed by Pål Arne Johansen who has been with these players through the Norway U18 and U19 level. 

Norway 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Markus Pettersen, Christian Borchgrevink, John Kitolano, Lars Ranger, Leo Østigård, Adnan Hadzic, Hugo Vetlesen, Emil Bohinen, Kristian Thorstvedt, Eman Markovic, Jens Hauge, Julian Lund, Erik-Johannes Arnebrott, Ulrik Fredriksen, Tomas Totland, Tobias Børkeeiet, Håkon Evjen, Tobias Svendsen, Erling Håland, Tobias Christensen, Ola Brynhildse.

Group D


Qatar 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


This will be Qatar’s 4th appearance with their best finish at the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia where they were runners-up. Qatar beat Brazil 3-2 in the quarter-finals, England 2-1 in the semi-finals before falling 4-0 against West Germany in the final in Sydney.

Qatar qualified for the tournament in Poland through the 2018 AFC U19 Championship where they were defeated 3-1 by South Korea in the semi-finals. Head coach is Portugal's Bruno Pinheiro.

Qatar 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Salah Zakaria, Nasir Peer, Ahmed Al-Minhali, Abdollah Ali, Yousef Aymen, Nasser Al Yazidi, Abdulrasheed Umaru, Andri Syahputra, Yusuf Abdurisag, Khaled Mohammed, Abdulla Nasser, Homam Ahmed, Ali Malolah, Eisa Ahmad, Bahaa Mamdouh, Hashim Ali, Mohammed Waad, Shehab Mamdouh, Ahmed Suhail, Ahmad Yasser, Marwan Badreldin.

Nigeria 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


The Flying Eagles have come close to winning the U20 World Cup after ending as runners-up on two occasions. They lost the 1989 final in Saudi Arabia after a 2-0 loss against Portugal, defeated 2-1 by Argentina in the 2005 final in the Netherlands.

Nigeria qualified for their 12th tournament after finishing 4th at the 2019 CAF Africa U20 Cup of Nations. They lost the third place play-off in a penalty shootout against South Africa. 

Nigeria will be managed by Paul Aigbogun who had previous spells at Warri Wolves FC, FC Cape Town and Enyimba Aba.

Nigeria 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Detan Ogundare, Zulkifilu Rabiu, Ikouwem Udo, Peter Eletu, Aliu Salawudeen, Valentine Ozornwafor, Yira Sor, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Akor Adams, Aniekeme Okon, Okechukwu Offia, Igoh Ogbu, Nathan Ofoborh, Kingsley Michael, Jamil Muhammad, Olawale Oremade, Success Makanjuola, Chinonso Emeka, Maxwell Effiom, Muhamed Tijani, Jonathan Zaccala.

Ukraine 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


Ukraine are making their 4th appearance with their best results round of 16 finished in 2001, 2005 and 2015. The Eastern Europeans qualified after reaching the semi-finals at the 2018 UEFA European U19 Championship where they were defeated 5-0 by Portugal.

They got past France, England and Turkey in the group stage and deserve their place in Poland. Head coach Oleksandr Petrakov was a defender for FC Lokomotyv Vinnytsia, FC SKA Kyiv, FC Dnipro Cherkasy, FC Avanhard Rivne, FC Kolos Nikopol and KA YGV Budapest and has managed Ukraine youth teams since 2010.

Ukraine 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Andriy Lunin, Valerii Bondar, Oleksandr Safronov, Denys Popov, Vitalii Mykolenko, Chekh Maksym, Heorhii Tsitaishvili, Oleksiy Khakhlov, Viktor Korniienko, Serhii Buletsa, Vladyslav Supriaha, Vladyslav Kucheruk, Danylo Beskorovainyi, Danylo Sikan, Kyrylo Dryshliuk, Mykola Musolitin, Yukhym Konoplia, Denys Ustymenko, Ihor Snurnitsyn, Dmytro Riznyk, Oleksii Kashchuk.

United States 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


The United States are the most experiences nation at this level and will me making their 16th appearance. They have found it tough on the international stage however, their best finish at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia where they finished fourth.

The Stars and Stripes qualified after winning the 2018 CONCACAF U20 Championship on home soil. They beat Mexico 2-0 in final with Alexis Mendez scoring both goals on his way to winning the Golden Ball award. 

United States head coach Tab Ramos was a midfielder for New Jersey Eagles, Miami Sharks, Figueres, Real Betis, UANL Tigres and MetroStars and earned 81 caps the for men’s national team. Ramos led the U20 side to the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship final where they lost to Mexico but got their revenge in 2018.

United States 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Brady Scott, Sergino Dest, Chris Gloster, Mark McKenzie, Chris Richards, Chris Durkin, Ayo Akinola, Alex Mendez, Sebastian Soto, Paxton Pomykal, Tim Weah, David Ochoa, Aboubacar Keita, Edwin Cerrillo, Matt Real, Brandon Servania, Konrad de la Fuente, Uly Llanez Jr., Justin Rennicks, Richard Ledezma, CJ dos Santos.

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The USA won the 2018 CONCACAF U20 Championship after beating Mexico 2-0 at the IMG Academy Stadium, Florida

Group E


Panama 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


La Marea Roja earned their 6th appearance after qualifying through the 2018 CONCACAF U20 Championship. They have never got past the group stage (2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015) and will hope to go one better in Poland.

Head coach Jorge Dely Valdés was a forward who scored prolifically for Unión Española, Toshiba47, Cerezo Osaka, Tosu Futures, Consadole Sapporo, Colorado Rapids, Omiya Ardija and Kawasaki Frontale. He also scored 19 goals in 48 appearances for Panama and has been in charge of the U20 side since 2018.

Panama 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Marcos Allen, Rodolfo Rodríguez, Guillermo Benítez, Manuel Gamboa, Carlos Harvey, Ernesto Walker, Saed Díaz, Víctor Griffith, Eduardo Guerrero, Ángel Orelién, Jorge Méndez, Emerson Dimas, Carlos Kirton, Jovani Welch, Diego Valanta, Tomás Rodríguez, Soyell Trejos, Axel McKenzie, Jesús West, Édgar Cunningham, Kevin Mosquera.

Mali 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


The Eagles have a proud record at the tournament after finishing third in 1999 and 2015. Mali are managed by Mamoutou Kane.

They qualified for the knockout rounds in New Zealand in 2015 after being one of the best third-placed teams. Mali beat Ghana and Germany before falling against eventual winners Serbia 2-1 after extra time. They beat fellow African’s Senegal 3-1 in the third place play-off in Auckland.

This will be Mali’s 7th appearance after qualifying through the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations which they won. They faced Senegal once again, winning in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 after extra time.

Mali 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Alkalifa Coulibaly, Arnaud Konan, Drissa Diarra, Fode Konate, Babou Fofana, Ousmane Diakite, Hadji Dramé, Mohamed Camara, El Bilal Touré, Mamadou Traoré, Boubacar Konté, Mamady Diarra, Clément Kanouté, Sambou Sissoko, Abdoulaye Diaby, Youssouf Koïta, Mamadou Samake, Boubacar Traoré, Lassana N'Diaye, Sékou Koïta, Souleymane Coulibaly.

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Mali went close at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand but were knocked out at the semi-final stage by Serbia (Getty Images)

France 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


Les Bleuets will me making their 7th FIFA U20 World Cup appearance after being champions at the 2013 tournament in Turkey. France qualified by finishing 5th at the 2018 UEFA European U19 Championship where they were defeated 2-0 by Italy in the semi-finals. 

The Little Blues are managed by Bernard Diomède who played as a winger and won the 1998 World Cup with France. Diomède spent most of his career at Auxerre before spells at Liverpool, Ajaccio, Créteil and Clermont Foot.

France 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Alban Lafont, William Saliba, Evan N'Dicka, Boubacar Kamara, Dan Zagadou, Enzo Loiodice, Yacine Adli, Mickaël Cuisance, Amine Gouiri, Moussa Diaby, Nabil Alioui, Sambou Sissoko, Nicolas Cozza, Ibrahima Diallo, Thomas Basila, Ilan Meslier, Lenny Pintor, Youssouf Fofana, Moussa Sylla, Boubakary Soumaré, Didier Desprez.

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France won the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup after defeating Uruguay at Turk Telecom stadium in Istanbul (Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


The Green Falcons reached the round of 16 in 2011 and 2017 and will be contesting their 9th tournament. Saudi Arabia qualified by winning the 2018 AFC U19 Championship where they beat Australia 3-1 in the quarter-finals, Japan 2-0 in the semi-finals and South Korea 2-1 in the final.

Saudi Arabia head coach Khaled Al Atwi will be aiming to lead his nation to their first U20 World Cup in Poland. 

Saudi Arabia 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Nawaf Al-Ghamdi, Saud Abdulhamid, Khalifah Al-Dawsari, Naif Almas, Hassan Al-Tambakti, Firas Al-Ghamdi, Yahya Naji, Hamed Al-Ghamdi, Firas Al-Buraikan, Turki Al-Ammar, Khalid Al-Ghannam, Mohammed Al-Shanqiti, Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti, Mansor Al-Beshe, Faraj Al-Ghashayan, Hazim Al-Zahrani, Ibrahim Mahnashi, Salem Al-Saleem, Abdulmohsen Al-Qahtani, Abdulrahman Al-Shammari, Mohammed Al-Dawsari.

Group F


Portugal 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


Portugal have a proud record at the tournament after winning the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia and the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship on home soil. 

The 1989 and 1991 winning squads are known as the Golden Generation, the team that finished runner up at the 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup are known as the Silver Generation.

Portugal qualified after winning the 2018 UEFA European U19 Championship in Finland. Portugal beat Ukraine 5-0 in the semi-finals before scraping past Italy 4-3 in the final after an exciting extra time victory. João Filipe and Francisco Trincão ended as top scorers with five goals each.

This will be Portugal’s 12th appearance at the tournament and will be managed by Hélio Sousa. The Setúbal native played for Vitória Setúbal where he was a central midfielder from 1987-2005.

Sousa has been in charge of Portugal's youth squads since 2009, winning the 2016 UEFA U17 European Championship and 2018 European U19 Championship. 

Portugal 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Diogo Costa, Diogo Dalot, Diogo Queirós, Diogo Leite, Rúben Vinagre, Florentino Luís, Jota, Gedson, Rafael Leão, Miguel Luís, Mésaque Djú, João Virgínia, Nuno Pina, Thierry Correia, Moura, Romain Correia, Trincão, Pedro Neto, Pedro Martelo, Nuno Santos, Luís Maximiano.

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Portugal qualfied after winning the 2018 UEFA European U19 Championship in Finland (Getty Images)

South Korea 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


The Taegeuk Warriors have a long history at the tournament and will be making their 15th appearance in 2019. They haven’t had much success however, their best finish at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship in Mexico where they ended up fourth.

South Korea qualified as runner-up at the 2018 AFC U19 Championship where they were defeated by Saudi Arabia 2-1 in the final. Head coach Jeong Jeong-yong will aim to go one better in Poland.

South Korea 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Lee Gwang-yeon, Hwang Tae-hyeon, Lee Jae-ik, Lee Ji-sol, Kim Hyun-woo, Kim Jung-min, Jeon Se-jin, Lee Kyu-hyuk, Oh Se-hun, Lee Kang-in, Um Won-sang, Park Ji-min, Ko Jae-hyeon, Park Tae-jun, Jeong Ho-jin, Kim Ju-sung, Lee Sang-jun, Cho Young-wook, Choi Jun, Kim Se-yun, Choi Min-soo.


Argentina 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad (8.00)


The Albicelestes will be making their 16th appearance at the U20 World Cup after qualifying through the CONMEBOL2019 South American U20 Championship. Argentina finished as runners-up after ending the final stage one point behind winners Ecuador. 

Argentina are the most successful nation at this level having won the FIFA U20 World Cup on six occasions (1979, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007). Fernando Batista has been manager since December 2018 after previous spells in charge of Armenia U18 and U19 teams.

Argentina 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Manuel Roffo, Patricio Pérez, Francisco Ortega, Facundo Mura, Santiago Sosa, Maximiliano Centurión, Julián Álvarez, Agustín Almendra, Adolfo Gaich, Gonzalo Maroni, Aníbal Moreno, Jerónimo Pourtau, Marcelo Weigandt, Facundo Medina, Fausto Vera, Agustín Urzi, Tomás Chancalay, Cristian Ferreira, Pedro De la Vega, Ezequiel Barco, Joaquín Blázquez.

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Argentina won their sixth FIFA U20 World Cup on 22 July 2007 after defeating the Czech Republic 2-1 in Toronto (Getty Images)

South Africa 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification, History, Manager & Squad


The Boys are making their 4th appearance at the tournament with their best result in 2009 where they reached the round of 16. Head coach Thabo Senong has been in charge since 2017.

South Africa qualified after finishing 3rd at the 2019 CAF Africa U20 Cup of Nations. They lost against Senegal in the semi-finals but managed to beat Nigeria in a penalty shootout in the third place match.

South Africa 2019 U20 World Cup Squad: Kopano Thuntsane, Keenan Abrahams, Givemore Khupe, 
Malebogo Modise, Sibusiso Mabiliso, Fezile Gcaba, Promise Mkhuma, Njabulo Blom, Oswin Appollis, Lyle Foster, Thakgalo Leshabela, James Monyane, Keenan Phillips, Luke Le Roux, Siphesihle Mkhize, Glen Baadjies, Luvuyo Phewa, Leo Thethani, Kobamelo Kodisang, Khulekani Kubheka, Brendon Moloisane.

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