Thursday, April 05, 2007

U-20 World Cup

My regular readers (and, granted, there are few) will notice I've gone on extended hiatus. It turns out FIFA's new rankings are no better than the old ones. For the time being, I'm turning my attention to, among other things, the U-20 World Cup finals coming up this summer in Canada. There are no official rankings for age-group (U-23, U-20, U-17, etc.) sides, so I'll ignore that side of things. But as the tournament approaches, be prepared for some group previews, team profiles, and more general interest blogging.

The draw took place about a month ago. Here's how it all shook down:
Group A
Team GP W D L GF GA+ / - Pts
Canada 00000000
Chile 00000000
Congo 00000000
Austria 00000000

# Date Venue Match Result
5 01 Jul 07 19:45Toronto CAN - CHI -
10 02 Jul 07 17:45Edmonton CGO - AUT -
21 05 Jul 07 17:45Edmonton AUT - CAN -
22 05 Jul 07 20:30Edmonton CHI - CGO -
35 08 Jul 07 18:00Edmonton CAN - CGO -
36 08 Jul 07 20:00Toronto CHI - AUT -
Group B
Team GP W D L GF GA+ / - Pts
Spain 00000000
Uruguay 00000000
Jordan 00000000
Zambia 00000000

# Date Venue Match Result
6 01 Jul 07 14:15Burnaby JOR - ZAM -
7 01 Jul 07 17:00Burnaby ESP - URU -
17 04 Jul 07 17:00Burnaby URU - JOR -
18 04 Jul 07 19:45Burnaby ZAM - ESP -
29 07 Jul 07 14:15Burnaby ESP - JOR -
30 07 Jul 07 14:15Victoria URU - ZAM -
Group C
Team GP W D L GF GA+ / - Pts
Portugal 00000000
New Zealand 00000000
Gambia 00000000
Mexico 00000000

# Date Venue Match Result
11 02 Jul 07 14:15Toronto POR - NZL -
12 02 Jul 07 17:00Toronto GAM - MEX -
23 05 Jul 07 17:00Toronto NZL - GAM -
24 05 Jul 07 19:45Toronto MEX - POR -
33 08 Jul 07 17:15Montreal POR - GAM -
34 08 Jul 07 15:15Edmonton NZL - MEX -
Group D
Team GP W D L GF GA+ / - Pts
Poland 00000000
Brazil 00000000
Korea Republic 00000000
USA 00000000

# Date Venue Match Result
1 30 Jun 07 14:15Montreal POL - BRA -
2 30 Jun 07 17:00Montreal KOR - USA -
13 03 Jul 07 17:00Montreal USA - POL -
14 03 Jul 07 19:45Montreal BRA - KOR -
27 06 Jul 07 19:45Ottawa BRA - USA -
28 06 Jul 07 19:45Montreal POL - KOR -
Group E
Team GP W D L GF GA+ / - Pts
Argentina 00000000
Czech Republic 00000000
Korea DPR 00000000
Panama 00000000

# Date Venue Match Result
3 30 Jun 07 16:30Ottawa PRK - PAN -
4 30 Jun 07 19:15Ottawa ARG - CZE -
15 03 Jul 07 17:00Ottawa CZE - PRK -
16 03 Jul 07 19:45Ottawa PAN - ARG -
25 06 Jul 07 17:00Montreal CZE - PAN -
26 06 Jul 07 17:00Ottawa ARG - PRK -
Group F
Team GP W D L GF GA+ / - Pts
Japan 00000000
Scotland 00000000
Nigeria 00000000
Costa Rica 00000000

# Date Venue Match Result
8 01 Jul 07 14:15Victoria JPN - SCO -
9 01 Jul 07 17:00Victoria NGA - CRC -
19 04 Jul 07 17:00Victoria CRC - JPN -
20 04 Jul 07 19:45Victoria SCO - NGA -
31 07 Jul 07 17:00Victoria JPN - NGA -
32 07 Jul 07 17:00Burnaby SCO - CRC -


It's in the back of my mind to attempt an Edmonton road trip (about 15 hours) in early July to catch a game or two, which would make for an interesting set of road stories, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

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