FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019: All you need to know

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019: All you need to know

The much-anticipated FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019 kicks off this Saturday, October 26th in Brazil, with the opening fixture bringing together the hosts against Canada. 

All 24 countries have released the squads that will represent them in the tournament, which will bring together a total of 504 players. 

The tournament, in its 18th edition, is only open to players born between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2004.

New champions 

A new champion will be crowned in Brazil after 2017 winners England failed to qualify for this year's tournament. 

Nigeria remains the most successful side in the tournament, having won it five times including back-to-back wins in 2013 and 2015. They have also been runners up three times but failed to qualify last time out in 2017.

The tournament has, since inception, given some top names the ground to build on their career, with many of them going on to be world stars. 

Among the many stars of the beautiful game to have graced this tournament are Neymar, Ronaldinho, Toni Kroos, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Carlos Tevez.

Key names in the tournament

There are a number of players who have already made a name for themselves with different clubs across Europe and South America. 

Among them is Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever, Chelsea's Ian Maatsen, USA’s Gio Reyna, Paris Saint-Germain's Adil Aouchiche and Vasco Da Gama's Talles Magno.

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