On Saturday, May 20, the World Youth Championship (for players under 20 years) starts. This tournament will be held in Argentina, and will end on June 11 with the final in La Plata. We talk about the teams that will participate in the 2023 World Cup and the possible stars.
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It is worth starting with the fact that the World Junior Championship was not to be held in Argentina, but in Indonesia. However, a month and a half ago, this country was deprived of the right to host the tournament due to its position on the participation of the Israeli team in the competition. The governor of the island of Bali, Wayan Koster, refused to accept the Israelis, and a protest rally was held in the capital Jakarta, demanding that the Israeli team be banned from participating in the 2023 World Cup. As a result, the FIFA leaders were forced to urgently look for a new owner of the world championship – they agreed with Argentina. And the Indonesians and Israelis, we remember, do not have official diplomatic relations.
The Argentine team should not have been in this World Cup, since it did not qualify through the South American Championship held in January-February. But since the host of the tournament has changed, the albiceleste youth team has replaced the Indonesians. In total, 24 teams will play the group stage of the 2023 World Cup, divided into six quartets:
Group A”: Argentina, Uzbekistan, Guatemala, New Zealand;
B Group”: United States, Ecuador, Fiji, Slovakia;
Group C”: Senegal, Japan, Israel, Colombia;
Group “D”: Italy, Brazil, Nigeria, Dominican Republic;
Group “E”: Uruguay, Iraq, England, Tunisia;
Group “F”: France, South Korea, The Gambia, Honduras.
The two strongest teams from each group will advance to the playoffs, as well as the top four teams from the six that finished in third place. They will be determined by additional indicators, primarily the number of points earned. Then the knockout games will begin, from 1/8 to the final.
ENGLAND WITH A TROPHY AFTER WINNING THE YOUTH EURO 2022
Photo: Christian Hofer/Getty Images
Meanwhile, Israel, like the Dominican Republic, will make its U-20 World Cup debut. The Israelis made it to the tournament thanks to reaching the Euro 2022 youth final. They were close to a sensational victory at the European Championship, but lost in the decisive match against England – 1:3.
The interesting thing about these tournaments is the opportunity to see young stars who in the future can become soccer luminaries. The applications for national teams are already known, in which players born between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2007 were allowed to enter. By the way, the youngest players born in 2007 represent Nigeria and Ecuador: midfielders Daniel Daga and Kendry Paez, respectively. It remains to be hoped that the first of them does not look like a 40-year-old man, as happened with some African talents in the youth world championships. Páez has already been seen in the Copa Libertadores. It is said that he is a daring dribbler inspired by Leo Messi.
Of course, not all of the most famous and expensive players of this age will play in the 2023 World Cup. Someone who is already 19-20 years old has become a key figure for his club team (the season in the national championships continues), and someone’s team just didn’t qualify. But talents big and small will still be enough to grab the attention of scouts and fans.
In the status of one of the stars of the World Cup, a representative of the RPL, Robert Renan from Zenit, goes to the competition. He is the most expensive defender in the tournament according to Transfermarkt, with an estimated cost of 7 million euros at the moment. The Brazilian will be especially watched. Even Zenit coach Sergei Semak said that there was great interest in Renan from Europe, so he would hardly stay at the St. Petersburg club for long. Yes, Robert is still not perfect in the RPL, he makes effective mistakes. But at 19 years old, only the central defender who does not play does not “bring”. Another thing is more important – Renan’s qualities are crazy, for example, the first pass.
Robert Renan at Zenit
Photo: Artyom Gusev, “Championship”
Actually, due to leaving for the Brazilian national team, Renan missed Zenit’s last match in the RPL with Krasnodar, after which the team was awarded the championship cup. These days he was already training and training as part of the Selesao. So Malcolm is not the first Brazilian to leave the Blue-White-Blues early.
The Brazilians won the South American in winter, so it is not surprising that the Selecao is almost the main favorite for the 2023 World Cup, and its best players are valued above the rest. The cost leaders among all players in the bids are midfielder Andrei Santos and forward Marcos Leonardo. Both are worth 15 million euros Andrei Santos was bought by Chelsea in January this year, but he went on loan to Vasco da Gama until the summer. There are too many players without him. Marcos Leonardo plays for Santos.
The most expensive top 10 includes several more Brazilians, and Englishman Karni Chukwuemeka stands out among the players from other teams. He shares the top spot with Andrei Santos and Marcos Leonardo-15 million euros. This attacking midfielder also belongs to Chelsea, but has only come on occasionally as a substitute so far. However, on Chukwuemeka’s profile there are already 25 games of his Premier League career.
Number one in value among the “first numbers” is Gabriel Slonina of the US national team. In front of his name there is an amount of 8 million euros. Who has the rights of this type? That’s right, Chelsea. Slonina plays for the youth blue team, but he has already made his debut with the American first team.
Russian scouts and football fans may still be interested in the Uzbekistan national team. By the way, the start of Ravshan Khaidarov’s team is not to envy: the match with Argentina on May 20. The Uzbek team includes a representative of our club from the First League – Umarali Rakhmonaliev has been playing for Rubin since January 2023. He spent four matches, made an assist for Khabarovsk SKA. In addition to Rakhmonaliev, at least five others stand out: defenders Jahongir Urozov of Bunyodkor, Safarmurod Abdurakhmatov of Nasaf, midfielders Abbosbek Fayzullaev of Pakhtakor, Sherzod Esanov of Andijan and forward Pulatkhuja Kholdorkhonov of Pakhtakor. We will surely see some of them in the RPL or even in a higher status league.
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The last Under-20 World Cup took place in 2019, and the Ukrainian team that won that tournament is still the reigning world champion. The next World Cup was supposed to be held in 2021 only in Indonesia, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It turns out that some of those guys who were 20 years old two years ago were left without a world title, perhaps the main achievement in their careers.
We add that the games of the world youth championship can be seen in Russia – football from Argentina will be broadcast on Match TV.