The last time the FIFA U-17 World Cup went to Asia, the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Francesco Totti, Hidetoshi Nakata and Nwankwo Kanu endeared themselves to the watching world on Japanese soil. Upon the competition's return to the Far East, 504 teenagers will have the opportunity to follow in their illustrious footsteps after being named in their respective countries' 21-player squads for Korea 2007.
Among those being tipped to illuminate the tournament are Lulinha, who is the brighest star in Brazil's stunning constellation, Peruvian standout Reimond Manco and USA's fast-emerging Alex Nimo. Europe's five representatives also have players destined to command the headlines, with Spanish striker Bojan Krkic and Germany's Toni Kroos sure to turn heads. The former is on the books at Barcelona, while the latter is the reason Bayern Munich elected against handing any of their recent high-profile signings their coveted No10 jersey.
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The spotlight will also be on Furug Qodirov, who is the youngest of a quartet of 14-year-olds to have made the cut. The Tajikistan defender, along with Korea DPR's Pak Kwang-Ryong, Haiti forward Saint Louis Wiselet and Ghana's Abdulai Seidu, will be eager to make a similar impact to Freddy Adu, who was less than two and a half months past his 14th birthday when he helped USA beat Korea Republic 6-1 at Finland 2003.
Something else that can be taken for granted is a crop of relative unknowns taking the tournament by storm to set of long and successful careers in the sport. It remains to be seen which of the elect 504 will emulate Peru 2005's adidas Golden Ball winner Anderson and adidas Golden Shoe recipient Carlos Vela, but be sure to follow the quest for honours on FIFA.com.
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