FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 group draw complete

  Posted: 25 Mar 13, 22:23

By: Patrick Korir

The draw for the upcoming FIFA U20 World Cup to be held in Turkey from 21 June - 13 July 2013 is complete.

The draw was held at the ballroom of the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul on Monday 25 March 2013. 24 participants have been placed in four equal pools of four teams each.

Failed to qualify

Four African representatives; the U20 sides of Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana and Mali will be fitted into Group’s ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘E’ depending on the positions they take up in the ongoing African Youth Championship currently on in Algeria –it concludes on 30 March.

Brazil, the defending Champions from the 2011 edition held in Colombia, failed to qualify but the runners up Portugal are back to contest the title. Brazil was placed last in their qualification group.

Turkey have been pooled in Group ‘C’ together with El Salvador, Colombia and Australia.

Complete groupings

GROUP A (Istanbul, Kayseri): France, CAF, USA, Spain. 
GROUP B (Kayseri, Istanbul): Cuba, Korea Republic, CAF, Portugal
GROUP C (Trabzon, Rize, Gaziantep): Turkey, El Salvador, Colombia, Australia
GROUP D (Gaziantep, Trabzon): Mexico, Greece, Paraguay, CAF
GROUP E (Antalya, Bursa): Chile, CAF Champions, England, Iraq
GROUP F (Bursa, Antalya): OFC Champions, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, Croatia

According to FIFA, a separate draw will take place at the conclusion of the CAF African Youth Championship on 30 March in Oran, Algeria, to determine which group the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams from CAF will play in.

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