New Zealand’s national U-20 men’s team could be heading to Argentina next month for a hastily-arranged FIFA U-20 World Cup tournament.
The nation that won last year’s FIFA World Cup has submitted the only formal proposal to host the U-20 tournament after Indonesia were stripped of hosting rights last week.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said Argentina has a “very good chance” of replacing Indonesia as hosts of the tournament that’s scheduled to go ahead from May 20 – June 11.
Qatar and Peru have reportedly indicated an interest in hosting the tournament at short notice but neither had submitted a formal proposal.
“We all know Argentine football and surely it can host a competition of this level,” Infantino told a news conference in Paraguay, where he is taking part in the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) Congress.
FIFA are expected to decide within a few days whether to accept the Argentine proposal, and Infantino has said FIFA wants the tournament to run within the original timeframe.
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New Zealand, coached by the All Whites’ interim head coach Darren Bazeley, are one of 24 teams to qualify for the U-20 World Cup, including original host Indonesia.
Argentina had not qualified so they could get a second chance, replacing Indonesia if they become the new host.
In February, New Zealand took part in a four-nation U-20 tournament in Indonesia to help prepare for the World Cup tournament.
Main photo: Argentina … world champions. Credit Cristian Tarzi on Unsplash
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- Indonesia (participation doubtful)
- Dominican Republic (CONCACAF)
- Guatemala (CONCACAF)
- Honduras (CONCACAF)
- United States (CONCACAF)
- Fiji (OFC)
- New Zealand (OFC)
- England (UEFA)
- France (UEFA)
- Italy (UEFA)
- Israel (UEFA)
- Slovakia (UEFA)
- Brazil (CONMEBOL)
- Colombia (CONMEBOL)
- Ecuador (CONMEBOL)
- Uruguay (CONMEBOL)
- Gambia (CAF)
- Nigeria (CAF)
- Senegal (CAF)
- Tunisia (CAF)
- Iraq (AFC)
- Uzbekistan (AFC)
- Japan (AFC)
- South Korea (AFC)