2017 FIFA U20 World Cup draw: Vietnam full of hope to progress
Thursday, 2017-03-16 11:35:35
NDO—The results of the draw for the final round of the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup held in Suwon, the Republic of Korea (ROK) late March 15 put U20 Vietnam team in Group E with France, New Zealand and Honduras.
Prior to the draw, as it is the first time Vietnam has participated in the tournament and the team were placed in the fourth seeded group, many experts feared that the young Vietnamese players would probably be in the same group with football powerhouses like Germany and Argentina.
However, it was quite fortunate for Coach Hoang Anh Tuan and his players, as the team were put into an “easy to breathe” group with only French U20s, who are considered superior compared to others.
The No. 1 candidate for a slot in Round 16 in Group E is definitely U20 France with young its talents who were the champions at the 2016 UEFA European U19 Championship. The remaining ticket will be subject to fierce competition between U20 Vietnam and two representatives from the Americas and Oceania.
Football fans at home can hope for good results if the young Vietnamese players can replicate what they did in the qualifying round.
In addition to the first two places in each group, there will be four more teams who ranked third with the best performance selected to go forward. This is considered a great opportunity and also a motivation for U20 Vietnam to try in every match to come.
U20 Vietnam team are put into an “easy to breathe” group with France, New Zealand and Honduras.
Coach Hoang Anh Tuan was determined when saying about the opportunity of his team, “This is the first time Vietnam has attended a world-class football event. We need to make a lot of effort to play well. The team needs to take advantage of the coming time to prepare well and I hope we will make a surprise at our first U20 world tour. We hope fans and the media will always follow and support us.”
The 2017 U20 World Cup finals take place from May 20 to June 11 in six cities in the ROK. According to the schedule, in their first clash, U20 Vietnam will meet U20 New Zealand on May 22. The second will be followed on May 25 with France and the third with Honduras on May 28.
2017 FIFA U20 World Cup draw results:
Group A: The Republic of Korea, Guinea, Argentina, the UK
Group B: Venezuela, Germany, Vanuatu, Mexico
Group C: Zambia, Portugal, Iran, Costa Rica
Group D: South Africa, Japan, Italy, Uruguay
Table E: France, Honduras, Vietnam, New Zealand
Group F: Ecuador, the US, Saudi Arabia, Senegal