Under-20 World Cup: Squads, favourites and players to watch in Poland

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Reigning champions England failed to qualify this time around but there will be a number of potential superstars on show in the next few weeks

Kicking-off on May 23, some of the stars of the future will be in action in Poland at the Under-20 World Cup.

Reigning champions England failed to qualify this time around, meaning there will be a new name on the trophy come the end of the final on June 15.

The 24 teams have been drawn into six groups of four as they begin their bids for glory.

Group AColombia, Poland, Senegal, Tahiti

Group B: Ecuador, Italy, Japan, Mexico

Group C: Honduras, Norway, New Zealand, Uruguay

Group DNigeria, Qatar, Ukraine, USA

Group E: France, Mali, Panama, Saudi Arabia

Group F: Argentina, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea

Check out Goal's handy guide to each team on show, their star men, and their chances of going on to lift the trophy next month...

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    Argentina

    COACH: Fernando Batista

    STAR PLAYER: Gonzalo Maroni

    Champions 12 years ago in Canada, Argentina believe they have a generation of players that can once again challenge for the title after they finished as runners-up in the South American Under-20 Championship earlier this year.

    Their star man is playmaker Gonzalo Maroni, who has been linked with both Inter and AC Milan, while Boca Juniors midfielder Agustin Almedra could also be on his way to Serie A, with Napoli interested.

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    Goalkeepers: Manuel Roffo, Joaquin Blazquez, Jeronimo Porteau.

    Defenders: Marcelo Weigandt, Facundo Medina, Facundo Mura, Maximiliano Centurion, Nehuen Perez

    Midfielders: Cristian Ferreira, Santiago Sosa, Agustin Almendra, Gonzalo Maroni, Fausto Vera, Francisco Ortega, Anibal Moreno, Pedro de la Vega

    Forwards: Julian Alvarez, Ezequiel Barco, Adolfo Gaich, Agustin Urzi, Tomas Chancalay

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    Colombia

    COACH: Arturo Reyes

    STAR PLAYER: Juan Camilo 'Cucho' Hernandez

    Arturo Reyes' side arrive in Poland as dark horses, particularly given they are, relatively speaking, more experienced than some of the other assembled squads.

    Juan Camilo 'Cucho' Hernandez is coming off an impressive campaign for Huesa in La Liga, though there is no place for Manchester City winger Ian Poveda, who was reportedly being considered for selection despite having previously represented England at youth level.

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    Goalkaapers: Juan David Lemus, Kevin Mier, Reinaldo Fontalvo

    Defenders: Andres Balanta, Juan Sebastian Palma, Andres Felipe Reyes, Carlos Cuesta, Brayan Vera, Hayen Palacios, Anderson Arroyo 

    Midfielders: Gustavo Carvajal, Andres Amaya, Andres Perea, Jaime Alvarado

    Forwards: Deiber Caicedo, Johan Carbonero, Carlos Teran, Luis Sandoval, Juan Camilo 'Cucho' Hernandez, Luis Sinisterra, Ivan Angulo

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    Ecuador

    COACH: Jorge Celico

    STAR PLAYER: Leonardo Campana

    Perhaps the finest generation of players to have been produced by Ecuador arrive in Poland as South American Under-20 champions having won the title earlier this year.

    That competition's top goalscorer Leonardo Campana is set to be watched by a number of Europe's top clubs at this tournament, while Jorge Celico also possesses one of the best goalkeepers on show in Real Sociedad's Moises Ramirez.

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    Goalkeepers: Moises Ramirez, Johan Lara, Pierre Bellolio 

    Defenders: Jackson Porozo, Gustavo Vallecilla, Richard Mina, John Espinoza, Luis Loor, Diego Palacios, Luis Castillo

    Midfielders: Jordi Alcivar, Jefferson Arce, Jordan Rezabala, Luis Estupinan, Jose Cifuentes, Sergio Quintero

    Forwards: Leonardo Campana, Stiven Plaza, Alexander Alvarado, Daniel Segura, Gonzalo Plata

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    France

    COACH: Bernard Diomede

    STAR PLAYER: Moussa Diaby

    Widely tipped to follow in the footsteps of the France senior side and lift the World Cup this summer, Bernard Diomede is spoiled for choice given the impressive depth of talent available to him in Poland.

    Borussia Dortmund centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou will likely be partnered by Arsenal target William Saliba in defence, in front of Fiorentina No.1 Alban Lafont, while up front PSG starlet Moussa Diaby and Lyon striker Amine Gouiri will be relied upon to provide the goals.

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    Goalkeepers: Didier Desprez, Alban Lafont, Ilan Meslier

    Defenders: Thomas Basila, Nicolas Cozza, Boubacar Kamara, Evan Ndicka, William Saliba, Sambou Sissoko, Dan-Axel Zagadou

    Midfielders: Youssouf Fofana, Enzo Loiodice, Ibrahima Diallo, Boubakry Soumare, Mickael Cuisance

    Forwards: Yacine Adli, Moussa Diaby, Moussa Sylla, Amine Gouiri, Nabil Alioui, Lenny Pintor

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    Japan

    COACH: Masanaga Kageyama

    STAR PLAYER: Koki Saito

    The absence of Hiroki Abe and Takefusa Kubo, the two most talented Japanese players in a generation, has hit Masanaga Kageyama's squad hard, and with injuries to other key squad members Kosei Tani and Daiki Hashioka further limiting their resources, expectations are not as high as they perhaps could have been.

    That said, the likes of Koki Saito, who is already a regular in the J-League, and captain Mitsuki Saito are talented and could help them spring a surprise.

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    Goalkeepers: Tomoya Wakahara, Shu Mogi, Zion Sukuzi, Toichi Suzuki

    Defenders: Shunki Higashi, Yuki Kobayashi, Ayumu Seko, Yukinari Sugawara, Kenedeiebusu Mikuni

    Midfielders: Yuta Goke, Hiroki Ito, Kanya Fujimoto, Koki Saito, Mitsuki Saito, Kota Yamada, Hinata Kida, Keito Nakamura

    Forwards: Kyosuke Tagawa, Taisei Miyashiro, Jun Nishikawa, Taichi Hara

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    Honduras

    COACH: Carlos Tabora

    STAR PLAYER: Cristian Calix 

    Honduras have won just one group game in each of their last two appearances. Could this year be different?

    There are six players on the squad who play either in the United States or Mexico, mostly in the lower divisions, but that experience could serve them well.

    That includes Cristian Calix, an attacking midfielder currently with Atlas who is great at creating chances and capable of finishing on his own.

    Los Catrachos' group draw is kinder than the last two World Cups, in which they faced France and Germany.

    New senior national team boss Fabian Coito knows Uruguay well and should have his youngsters well-prepared to face the squad he once coached.

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    Goalkeepers: Jose Garcia, Oscar Reyes, Johan Villanueva

    Defenders: Elison Rivas, Darwin Diego, Axel Gomez, Wesley Decas, Maynor Antunez, Jonathan Nunez, Mariano Alvarez

    Midfielders: Everson Lopez, Cristian Calix, Gerson Chavez, Jack Jean Baptiste

    Forwards: Cesar Romero, Carlos Mejia, Josue Villafranca, Selvin Guevara, Joseph Rosales, Luis Palma, Patrick Palacios

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    Italy

    COACH: Paolo Nicolato

    STAR PLAYER: Andrea Pinamonti

    Though the likes of Moise Kean, Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Zaniolo are no longer with the squad after they were fast-tracked to the Azzurri senior side, Italy still possess a squad which is largely made up of the group which finished as runners-up in the Under-19 European Championships in 2018.

    Andrea Pinamonti has enjoyed a fine campaign in Serie A with Frosinone, and Paolo Nicolato's team will be aiming to go one better than their predecessors, who lost out in the semi-finals before finishing third in the 2017 edition of the tournament.

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    Goalkeepers: Alessandro Plizzari, Marco Carnesecchi, Leonardo Loria

    Defenders: Luca Pellegrini, Alessandro Buongiorno, Alessandro Tripaldelli, Luca Ranieri, Matteo Gabbia, Raoul Bellanova, Davide Bettella, Antonio Candela, Enrico Del Prato

    Midfielders: Salvatore Esposito, Davide Frattesi, Domenico Roberto Alberico, Andrea Colpani

    Forwards: Gabriele Gori, Marco Olivieri, Gianluca Scamacca, Andrea Pinamonti, Christian Capone

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    Mali

    COACH: Mamoutou Kane

    STAR PLAYER: Mamadou Traore

    The reigning African champions will again be looking to provide a shock, having finished third in the 2015 edition of the World Cup in New Zealand.

    Though they are without Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure, who has been promoted to the senior ranks, they still boast plenty of talent, including Red Bull Salzburg trio Ousmane Diakite, Mohamed Camara and Sekou Koita, as well as playmaker Mamadou Traore.

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    Goalkeepers: Alkalifa Coulibaly, Youssouf Koita, Souleymane Coulibaly

    Defenders: Arnaud Konan, Drissa Diarra, Fode Konate, Babou Fofana, Clement Kanoute, Abdoulaye Diaby

    Midfielders: Ousmane Diakite, Mohamed Camara, Mamadou Traore, Sambou Sissoko, Mamadou Samake, Boubacar Traore 

    Forwards: Hadji Drame, El Bilal Toure, Boubacar Konte, Mamady Diarra, Lassana N'Diaye, Sekou Koita

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    Mexico

    COACH: Diego Ramirez 

    STAR PLAYER: Diego Lainez

    Mexico may have an Olympic gold medal and a pair of titles at Under-17 level, but they have never won an Under-20 crown.

    The team that will look to change that has top-level talent in Real Betis winger Diego Lainez and Leon forward Jose Juan Macias (once he arrives from the Liga MX play-offs) providing their attacking spark.

    Defensive depth will be a concern for El Tri, who called-up only six natural defenders into the squad. Many of them already have first-team experience, but when challenged at the Concacaf tournament, Mexico conceded too many goals.

    Lainez and Macias will need to pull their weight up front and hope for a few good showings from their team-mates at the back if Mexico are going to make a run at a first World Cup victory. 

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    Goalkeepers: Carlos Higuera, Luis Lopez, Angel Alonzo

    Defenders: Kevin Alvarez, Gilberto Sepulveda, Efrain Orona, Naelson Cardenas, Mario Trejo, Oswaldo Leon

    Midfielders: Alan Torres, Diego Hernandez, Misael Dominguez, Fernando Plascencia, Roberto Meraz, Carlos Gutierrez, Antonio Figueroa

    Forwards: Jose Macias, Diego Lainez, Roberto De La Rosa, Daniel Lopez, Adrian Lozano

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    Nigeria

    COACH: Paul Aigbogun

    STAR PLAYER: Ikouwem Utin

    Despite coming up short at the African Under-20 Championships, eventually finishing fourth, Nigeria are regarded as perhaps the strongest side to arrive in Poland from the continent.

    Among their number are full-back Ikouwern Utin, who will move to Maccabi Haifa after the tournament, and Manchester City midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru.

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    Goalkeepers: Detan Ogundare, Olawale Oremade, Jonathan Zaccala

    Defenders: Valentine Ozornwafor, Aliu Salawudeen, Igoh Ogbu, Ikouwem Utin, Muhammad Rabiu, Jamil Muhammad

    Midfielders: Nnamdi Ofoborh, Eletu Peter, Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru, Kingsley Michael, Effiom Maxwell, Aniekeme Okon, Collins Sor

    Forwards: Jerome Adams, Tijani Muhammed, Henry Offia, Chinonso Emeka, Success Makanjuola

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    Norway

    COACH: Pal Johansen

    STAR PLAYER: Erling Haaland

    Norway booked their place at the tournament by upsetting reigning champions England in a play-off and, as such, are regarded as dangerous underdogs.

    Their star player is Red Bull Salzburg forward Erling Haaland, whose father Alfie-Inge played for both Manchester City and Leeds United in the Premier League.

    He is not the only famous offspring among the squad, with Stabaek midfielder Emil Bohinen's father, Lars, having played for Derby County in the English top-flight.

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    Goalkeepers: Markus Petterson, Julian Lund, Erik-Johannes Arnebrott 

    Defenders: John Kitolano, Lars Ranger, Leo Ostigard, Ulrik Fredriksen, Tomas Totland

    Midfielders: Christian Borchgrevnik, Adnan Hadzic, Hugo Vetlesen, Emil Bohinen, Kristian Thorstvedt, Eman Markovic, Jens Hauge, Tobias Borkeeiet, Hakon Evjen, Tobias Svendsen, Tobias Christensen

    Forwards: Erling Haaland, Ola Brynhildsen 

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    COACH: Des Buckingham

    STAR PLAYER: Sarpreet Singh

    It is the fifth consecutive U20 World Cup featuring the Junior All Whites, who have established themselves as the main power in the Oceania region.

    The Kiwis have only ever reached the round-of-16 – a stage they exited at in the last two tournaments – and will be keen to again progress to the knockouts despite being drawn in a tough group featuring Uruguay, Norway and Honduras.

    The squad features two established A-League players from Wellington Phoenix in talented playmaker Sarpreet Singh and wing-back Liberato Cacace.

    Goalkeeper Michael Woud is on the books of Eredivisie club Willem II and made his senior debut for the club on March 29 and keep an eye out for promising striker Ben Waine, who impressed in a late-season cameo for the Phoenix.

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    Goalkeepers: Cameron Brown, Zac Jones, Michael Woud

    Defenders: Liberato Cacace, Callan Elliot, Nando Pjnaker, George Stanger, Gianni Stensness, Dalton Wilkins

    Midfielders: Joe Bell, Willem Ebbinge, Eli Just, Dane Schnell, Sarpreet Singh, Leon van den Hoven, Dom Wooldridge, Trevor Zwetsloot

    Forwards: Matt Conroy, Max Mata, Callum McCowatt, Ben Waine

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    Panama

    COACH: Jorge Dely Valdes

    STAR PLAYER: Saed Diaz

    The results weren't great, but when Panama took the field at its first World Cup, it was clear things are changing for this baseball-obsessed nation.

    There's a new generation inspired by the players who made their World Cup debut in Russia who want to get back to the biggest stage and will not just be happy to be there. This team is the start of Panama's soccer continuity.

    While Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Eduardo Guerrero and LA Galaxy II midfielder Ernesto Walker already have caps with the senior team, the attack is an area of concern after failing to score in a pair of pre-tournament friendly matches.

    Still, those players plus Philadelphia Union prospect Saed Diaz should be able to mount some sort of offensive pressure, while a strong defensive base could frustrate opponents.

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    Goalkeepers: Marcos Allen, Emerson Dimas, Kevin Mosquera

    Defenders: Rodolfo Rodriguez, Guillermo Benitez, Manuel Gamboa, Jorge Mendez, Kevin Mosquera, Soyell Trejos, Jesus West

    Midfielders: Edgar Cunningham, Carlos Harvey, Ernesto Walker, Victor Griffith, Angel Orelien, Carlos Kirton, Jovani Welch, Diego Valanta

    Forwards: Saed Diaz, Eduardo Guerrero,Tomas Rodriguez, Axel McKenzie

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    Poland

    COACH: Jacek Magiera

    STAR PLAYER: Sebastian Walukiewicz

    The hosts arrive at the World Cup with real issues after a disappointing run of recent results heading into the tournament. A poor defensive record has been a major contributing factor, even though the player around most of their hopes are built, Cagliari's Sebastian Walukiewicz, is a centre-back. 

    The youngest member of their squad also deserves some attention, with midfielder Mateusz Bogusz having earned rave reviews since arriving at Leeds United in January. Indeed, he is already being linked with a move to Napoli.

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    Goalkeepers: Radoslaw Majecki, Milosz Mleczko, Karol Niemczycki

    Defenders: Jakub Bendarczyk, Adrian Gryszkiewicz, Maik Nawrocki, Jan Sobocinski, Serafin Szota, Sebastian Walukiewicz

    Midfielders: Mateusz Bogusz, David Kopacz, Adrian Lyszczarz, Tomasz Makowski, Tymoteusz Puchacz, Michal Skoras, Bartosz Slisz, Adrian Stanilewicz, Nicola Zalewski, Marcel Zylla

    Forwards: Adrian Benedyczak, Dominik Steczyk

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    Portugal

    COACH: Helio Sousa

    STAR PLAYER: Jota

    Despite losing the much-coveted Joao Felix to the senior squad in recent months, Portugal arrive at the tournament as one of the favourites to go on and lift the trophy a year on from winning the Under-19 European Championships in Finland.

    Benfica forward Jota is the man to look out for while fellow attacked Rafael Leao is coming off a breakthrough season with Lille that has seen him linked with a move to Everton this summer.

    Portugal are building something of a 'Golden Generation' at present, and the likes of Benfica midfield duo Florentino and Gedson Fernandes, as well as Braga winger Trincao, could become household names in years to come.

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    Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa, Joao Virgínia, Luis Maximiano

    Defenders: Diogo Leite, Diogo Queiros, Francisco Moura, Diogo Dalot, Romain Correia, Ruben Vinagre, Thierry Correia 

    Midfielders: Florentino, Gedson Fernandes, Miguel Luis, Nuno Henrique, Nuno Santos

    Forwards: Trincao, Jota, Mesaque Dju, Pedro Martelo, Pedro Neto, Rafael Leao

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    Qatar

    COACH: Bruno Miguel

    STAR PLAYER: Andri Syahputra

    With the senior side having won the Asia Cup earlier this year and Qatar acting as hosts of the World Cup itself in just over three years, there is a hope that this tournament will further boost their chances of causing a shock come 2022.

    This is just the fourth time they have qualified for the Under-20 World Cup, with much of their hopes resting on Indonesian-born forward Andri Syahputra.

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    Goalkeepers: Marwan Baldredin, Shehab Mamdouh, Salah Zakaria

    Defenders: Nasir Peer, Ahmed Al-Minhali, Yousef Ayman, Homam Ahmed, Bahaa Mamdouh, Ahmed Suhail

    Midfielders: Yusuf Abdurisag, Nasser Al-Yazidi, Ali Malolal, Khaled Mohamed, Abdullah Saei, Abdulla Nasser, Hashim Alì, Mohammed Waad, Ahmad Yasser

    Forwards: Eisa Ahmed, Abdulrasheed Ibrahim, Andri Syahputra

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    Saudi Arabia

    COACH: Khaled Al-Atwi

    STAR PLAYER: Turki Al-Ammar

    Saudi fans have high expectations for the  Asian U20 champions to go far in Poland, especially given that they will be led by the best young Asian player in 2018, Turki Al-Ammar.

    It is rare for the national team to enter a major tournament with a homegrown coach, so Khaled Al-Atwi is particularly keen to prove his worth, as well as help the nation forget about the poor performances of the senior side at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    Opportunities at senior level have not been forthcoming for many of the Saudi squad at club level, so they will also be eager to have a successful tournament in order to either earn themselves starting spots domestically or a summer transfer to bigger clubs at home or abroad.

    Their target will be reaching the quarter-finals, which seems achievable having been drawn alongside France, Mali and Panama in the group stage.

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    Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al-Dawsari, Nawaf Al-Ghamdi, Abdulrahman Al-Shammari

    Defenders: Khalifa Al-Dawsari, Naif Al-Mas, Mohammed Al-Nasser, Mohammed Al-Shanqeet, Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti, Ali Majrashi, Hassan Tombakti 

    Midfielders: Turki Al-Ammar, Mansour Al-Bishi, Firas Al-Ghamdi, Hamed Al-Ghamdi, Khalid Al-Ghannam, Faraj Al-Ghushayan, Omar Al-Jadaani, Yahia Al-Najee, Abdulmohsen Al-Qahtani, Salem Al-Saleem, Hazem Al-Zahrani, Ibrahim Mahnashi

    Forwards: Firas Al-Buraikan, Safi Al-Zaqrati

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    Senegal

    COACH: Youssouph Dabo

    STAR PLAYER: Moussa Ndiaye

    Runners-up at the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, Senegal were perhaps the most exciting team to emerge from that tournament in Niger.

    Metz striker Ibrahima Niane represents the player within their squad with the most senior experience, but keep an eye out for Moussa Ndiaye, who at the age of just 16 was named Player of the Tournament at the aforementioned Cup of Nations earlier this year.

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    Goalkeepers: Cheikh Sarr, Dialy Ndiaye, Francois Djiba

    Defenders: Moussa Ndiaye, Formose Mendy, Souleymane AW, Niakhate Ndiaye, Mamadou Mbow, Alpha Diounkou, Souleymane Cisse

    Midfielders: Cavin Diagne, Ibrahim Drame, Ousseynou Niang, Dion Lopy, Faly Ndaw, Amadou Ciss

    Forwards: Amadou Sagna, Dia Ndiaye, Mamadou Danfa, Ibrahima Niane, Youssouph Badji

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    South Africa

    COACH: Thabo Senong

    STAR PLAYER: Lyle Foster

    Having been placed in a group alongside Portugal, Argentina and South Korea, South Africa arrive in Poland as one of the outsiders to go on and lift the trophy despite their third-placed finish at the Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations earlier this year.

    Star striker Lyle Foster, who was signed by Monaco in January, will have to be at the top of his game for Thabo Senong's side to stand any chance of making the knockout stages.

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    Goalkeepers: Khulekani Kubheka, Kopano Thuntsane, Glen Baadjies

    Defenders: Thabo Moloisane, Molebogo Modise, Keenan Abrahams, Givemore Khupe, Keenan Phillips, Fezile Gcaba, Sbusiso Mabiliso

    Midfielders: Siphesihle Mkhize, Promise Mkhuma, Oswin Appollis, Luke Le Roux, Njabulo Blom, Luvuyo Phewa, Kobamelo Kodisang 

    Forwards: Leo Thethani, James Monyane, Lyle Foster, Thakgalo Leshabela

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    South Korea

    COACH: Chung Jungyong

    STAR PLAYER: Lee Kang-in

    Much is expected from South Korea in Poland, with Valencia starlet Lee Kang-In providing coach Chung Jungyong with an x-factor other squads could only dream of.

    Kim Jung-min, a midfielder who plies his trade for Red Bull Salzburg feeder club FC Liefering, is another who will be keen to leave his mark on the tournament, though the absence of Bayern Munich winger Jeong Woo-yeong is a big blow.

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    Goalkeepers: Lee Gwang Yeon, Park Jimin, Choi Minh Soo

    Defenders: Hwang Taehyeon, Lee Jaeik, Lee Jisol, Kim Hyunwoo, Lee Kyuhyuk, Kim Jusung, Lee Sang Jun, Choi Jun

    Midfielders: Kim Jungmin, Lee Kang-In, Go Jaehyeon, Park Taejun, Jeong Hojin, Kim Se Yun

    Forwards: Jeon Sejin, Oh Sehun, Um Wonsang, Cho Youngwook

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    Tahiti

    COACH: Bruno Tehaamoana

    STAR PLAYER: Eddy Kaspard

    Set for their second appearance at an U20 World Cup, the Toa Aito will simply be looking to improve upon their ordinary first showing in 2009, where they lost all three games, conceding 21 goals without scoring one of their own.

    Drawn in Group A this time around alongside hosts Poland, Colombia and Senegal, Bruno Tehaamoana's men will likely be content just to find the back of the net. 

    Though their overall prospects may be bleak, simply qualifying for the tournament is a massive boost for Tahitian football, with a number of players in their U20's squad backed to shine in years to come.

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    Goalkeepers: Moana Pito, Tevaearai Tamatai, Josselin Capel

    Defenders: Samuel Liparo, Tevaitini Teumere, Mauri Heitaa, Etienne Tave, Hennel Tehaamoana

    Midfielders: Roonui Tehau, Yann Vivi, Hugo Boube, Tehauarii Holozet, Diego Araneda, Kitin Maro, Herehaunui Ferrand, Terai Bremond, Kavai’ei Morgant, Kalahani Beaumert

    Forwards: Ramanui Amau, Eddy Kaspard, Tutehau Tufariua

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    Ukraine

    COACH: Oleksandr Petrakov

    STAR PLAYER: Andriy Lunin

    Ukraine have never made it past the last 16 at any of their previous three appearances at this tournament, and will likely have to pull off a shock if they are improve on that this time around despite being drawn into group that offers them the chance of progression.

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin has been tipped by many to make the grade at Santiago Bernabeu, while centre-back Vitalii Mykolenko has already made his debut for the senior side and is a regular at Dynamo Kiev.

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    Goalkeepers: Andriy Lunin, Vladyslav Kucheruk, Dmytro Riznyk

    Defenders: Valerii Bondar, Oleksandr Safronov, Denys Popov, Vitalii Mykolenko, Viktor Korniienko, Danylo Beskorovainyi, Yukhym Konoplia, Ihor Snurnitsyn 

    Midfielders: Maksym Chekh, Heorhii Tsitaishvili, Oleksiy Khakhlov, Serhii Buletsa, Kyrylo Dryshliuk, Mykola Musolitin, Oleksii Kashchuk

    Forwards: Vladyslav Supriaha, Danylo Sikan, Denys Ustymenko

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    Uruguay

    COACH: Gustavo Ferreyra

    STAR PLAYER: Nicolas Schiappacasse

    Uruguay head into the tournament as one of the most difficult to predict, given new coach Gustavo Ferreyra has overseen a complete overhaul of his squad in the months since they finished third at the South American Under-20 Championships.

    One of those brought in is Barcelona defender Ronald Araugo, who was not released by the Blaugrana for the tournament in Chile, while there are doubts over the fitness of star striker Nicolas Schiappacasse as he recovers from a groin injury.

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    Goalkeepers: Renzo Rodriguez, Franco Israel, Mauro Silveira

    Defenders: Ronald Araujo, Edgar Elizalde, Bruno Mendez, Sebastian Caceres, Emiliano Ancheta, Ezequiel Busquets, Maximiliano Araujo 

    Midfielders: Nicolas Acevedo, Juan Manuel Sanabria, Francisco Ginella, Martin Barrios 

    Forwards: Thomas Chacon, Santiago Rodriguez, Emiliano Gomez, Brian Rodriguez, Juan Manuel Boselli, Nicolas Schiappacasse, Darwin Nunez

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    USA

    COACH: Tab Ramos

    STAR PLAYER: Tim Weah

    Eight wins from eight in qualification suggests the USA can do much better than their run to the quarter-finals at the 2017 tournament, with Tab Ramos hopeful that his fourth World Cup as coach will end in silverware.

    A strong midfield is spearheaded by Paris Saint-Germain forward Timothy Weah, who has already represented the USMNT and is just back from a loan spell with Celtic.

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    Goalkeepers: C.J. Dos Santos, David Ochoa, Brady Scott

    Defenders: Sergino Dest, Chris Gloster, Aboubacar Keita, Mark McKenzie, Matthew Real, Chris Richards

    Midfielders: Edwin Cerrillo, Chris Durkin, Richard Ledezma, Alex Mendez, Paxton Pomykal, Brandon Servania

    Forwards: Ayo Akinola, Konrad De La Fuente, Ulysses Llanez, Justin Rennicks, Sebastian Soto, Tim Weah