U20 World Cup, May 23-June 15, Poland: Bielsko-Biała (Stadion Miejski), Bydgoszcz (Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium), Gdynia (Stadion GOSiR), Łódź (Stadion Widzewa), Lublin (Arena Lublin) and Tychy (Stadion Miejski).
Teams: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Tahiti, Ukraine, United States and Uruguay.
Starting Thursday with four matches, the 2019 U20 World Cup will get underway. The tournament is held every two years, and will kick off a summer of competitions all over the world, spanning four continents.
South America has been by far the most successful at this level, with 11 of the previous 21 titles. Argentina has six overall titles, with the last two coming back-to-back in 2005 and 2007. Brazil has five, with the last in 2011. The current holder is England, which beat Venezuela 1-0 to win its first championship at this level.
While the South Americans dominated through much of the 1990s and 2000s, Europe has won each of the last three titles: England (2017), Serbia (2015), and France (2013), all of which beat South American teams in the final. Three European teams are the teams with the shortest odds heading into Thursday’s Group A and B openers: France (+375) is the tournament favorite, while Portugal (+650), which won the 2018 U18 European Championship, is getting some backing as well. Tournament host Poland is the third favorite at +700.
Ten Best Odds to Win 2019 U20 World Cup
- France +375
- Portugal +650
- Poland +700
- Argentina +1000
- Nigeria +1200
- Uruguay +1200
- Italy +1400
- Mali +1750
- USA +2000
Photo by Thomas Serer