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All you need to know about 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup

International Edition By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 22/10/2019

The 2019 Under-17 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil on Saturday, October 26, with the opening fixture bringing together the hosts against Canada. 

South America nations replaced original hosts Peru in March this year and has opted to bring this tournament to the inland cities of Goiania and Brasilia, as well as Cariacica on the outskirts of the coastal city of Vitoria, giving these areas a chance to host a global soccer tournament.

All 24 countries have released the squads that will represent them in the competition, which will bring together a total of 504 players in Brazil but 2017 winner England failed to qualify for this year's tournament so there will be a new champion in the Samba nation on November 17.

The 18th edition will the most successful side Nigeria in the competition, having won it five times including back-to-back wins in 2013 and 2015 and also been runners up three times but failed to qualify last time out in 2017.

Their top scorer in 2015, Victor Osimhen, is currently banging in the goals for Lille in Ligue 1, but the top player in that tournament, Kelechi Nwakali, who was snapped up by Arsenal after that tournament, didn’t make the breakthrough in North London, and is now at Huesca in Spain’s second tier.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup has historically been a springboard for the stars of the future, with players of the ilk of Gianluigi Buffon, Nwankwo Kanu, Andres Iniesta, Francesco Totti, Carlos Tevez, Celestine Babayaro, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Samuel Chukwueze, Toni Kroos and Neymar all blossoming at the tournament.

There are a number of players who have already made a name for themselves with different clubs across Europe and South America among them is Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever, Chelsea's Ian Maatsen, USA’s Gio Reyna, Paris Saint-Germain's Adil Aouchiche and Vasco Da Gama's Talles Magno.
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