The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Under-17 World Cup kicks off in Indonesia on Tuesday with a chance to see the soccer stars of tomorrow. The South Korean U17 team, led by Byun Sung-hwan, will be looking to advance to the quarterfinals.
The 2023 FIFA U17 World Cup kicks off on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET with Group A matches between Panama and Morocco and Group B matches between Mali and Uzbekistan.
This is the 19th edition of the U17 World Cup, which began in 1985.
It is held every other year, but the 2021 edition was canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and the 2019 edition will be the first in four years.
Africa’s Super Eagles, Nigeria, holds the record for most wins with five titles, but they did not qualify this time around.
The U17 World Cup is the tournament where some of the world’s biggest soccer stars were born.
Luiz Figo (Portugal, 1989), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, 1993), Xavi Hernandez (Spain, 1997), Andres Iniesta (Spain, 2001), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, 2003), Toni Kroos (Germany, 2007), and Neymar (Brazil, 2009) all made their mark at the U17 World Cup.
Victor Osimhen at the 2015 U17 World Cup. AFP=News1
Last season’s Serie A top scorer Victor Osimhen (Nigeria-Napoli) was the top scorer at the 2015 tournament in Chile, while Manchester City (England) midfielder Phil Foden won the Golden Ball (tournament MVP) at the 2017 tournament in India.레모나토토 도메인
Klinsmann’s “captain,” Son Heung-min (Tottenham), played in Nigeria in 2009 and led South Korea to the quarterfinals.
South Korea, led by Byun Sung-hwan, will aim to reach at least the quarterfinals this time around. The U17 World Cup features 24 nations, divided into six groups of four teams, with a group stage followed by a round of 16 tournament to determine the winner.
The top two teams from each group and four of the top three from each group will qualify for the round of 16.
South Korea’s best ever finish is the quarterfinals. They have reached the quarterfinals three times, in 1987, 2009, and 2019. They have yet to reach the quarterfinals.
The Byeonsung Hwanho are in Group E and will face the United States, France, and Burkina Faso. It’s a tough group.
South Korea will play their first match against the United States on the 12th, followed by France on the 15th and Burkina Faso on the 18th.
The squad is led by captain Kim Myung-jun, a member of the Pohang Steelers U-18 team in the K League 1, and includes players who competed at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-17 Asian Cup in June, including Kang Min-woo (Ulsan U-18) and Yoon Do-young (Daejeon U-18).
The young Taegeuk Warriors finished as runners-up at the AFC U17 Asian Cup in Thailand this June, qualifying for the World Cup.