Group E's opener between Belgium and Tunisia is an intriguing prospect. Making their debut in this tournament, the Belgians are a force to be reckoned with, having taken eventual winners Spain to a penalty shootout in the semi-final of the UEFA European U-17 Championship.
Tunisia are making their second appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The north Africans lost out to eventual champions Nigeria in the semi-final of the CAF U-17 Championship. With both sides knowing very little about each other, the match could well turn out to be a cautious affair.
Belgium - Tunisia, Monday 20 August 17:00, Changwon.
Belgium and Tunisia have never played in a FIFA youth tournament. However, the senior sides have played twice. When they met in a friendly in 1992, Tunisia came out on top 2-1 and at the Korea/Japan 2002, the sides drew 1-1.
This will be the teams' first ever head-to-head in a youth competition. Their 'A' teams have met twice before, once in a friendly match in 1992, which Tunisia won 2-1, and once at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, when they drew 1-1.
Both teams look set to field their strongest sides for their opening match.
"The first match is always difficult, regardless of the opposition. This promises to be a very tough match. However, we will try our best to ensure we don't lose." Bob Browaeys, Belgium coach.
"Honestly I know very little about Belgium but I think they will be a tough side. With our players in peak condition, I would like to pick up all the points in our first match." Maher Kanzari, Tunisia coach.