The Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul is the venue for the Official Draw of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which takes place on Thursday 17 May at 18:00 (local time).

Representatives from the 24 qualified teams will be in attendance when FIFA's Head of Competitions, Jim Brown, together with four special guests from the Host Country, perform the ceremony. will be reporting direct from the Grand Hyatt Hotel to give you unrivalled coverage of the Draw - including reaction from coaches and officials.

But what of the prospects of the teams involved? We take a look in this exclusive preview.

South Americans set to star
Many people's favourites to win the tournament, Brazil, qualified in impressive fashion. Finalists in five of the last six editions of the world finals, the Seleção will nonetheless be wary of African underdogs, who have upset them in group stage matches before.

Peru will be eager to avoid a repeat of two years ago, when they failed to win a single match, but Colombia, in contrast, will be keen to emulate their first phase exploits the last time they made an appearance at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, when they eased through a competitive Group A at Finland 2003 en route to the semi-finals. In Cristian Nazarith, they certainly have a player capable of illuminating the tournament.

Like Brazil, Argentina have also struggled against African opposition in the first phase, but they are promising to send an eye-catching squad to the Far East as they seek to claim a greater prize than the bronze medals they pocketed in 1991, 1995 and 2003.

Nigeria and Ghana, who have two FIFA U-17 World Cup titles apiece, both qualified for the global showpiece, where they will be joined by continental rivals Togo and Tunisia. The Nigerians will enter the tournament with the distinction of being African champions, a feat they achieved by beating Togo without one of their leading lights, Haruna Lackman. New Zealand's stand-out performer, Costa Barbarouses, was present throughout their eye-catching road to OFC U-17 Championship gold, though, and the rest of the field in Korea will have their work cut out attempting to nullify the threat he poses. 

USA a regular fixture
The USA will also head to Asia in high spirits after ensuring their proud status as tournament ever-presents continued. With Billy Schuler ready to vindicate his hype and Ellis McLoughlin now back in the fold, the US are confident they can better their fourth placed finish at New Zealand 1999. CONCACAF will also be represented by Haiti, Honduras, Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Yoichiro Kakitani emerged as the undoubted star of the AFC U-17 Championship, and his drive from the engine room will be crucial to the Japanese challenge. Korea DPR, who lost out to the Japan after extra time in the continental decider, will also form part of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup field along with hosts Korea Republic. The two biggest surprises on the qualifiers' list are Asian minnows Tajikistan and Syria, whose places at the finals are due largely to the predatory instincts of Davrondzhon Tukhtasunov and Mohamed Jaafar respectively.

After again proving to be England's nemesis in the UEFA European U-17 Championship final, Bojan Krkic will now be keen to showcase his prodigious talent on Korean turf as Spain look to secure the world title in the category that has so far proven elusive. For their part, England will debut at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, while Belgium, France and Germany will also fly the flag for Europe.