Asia, Europe and South America will all be represented as the knockout stages of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2010 kick off on Saturday. While fans in Bochum can look forward to a fascinating encounter between two former champions in Germany and Korea DPR, two tournament debutants go head to head as Sweden and Colombia meet in Bielefeld. FIFA.com looks ahead to a first day of quarter-final action which promises plenty of excitement and flair, not to mention a great atmosphere.
Germany - Korea DPR, Bochum, Saturday, 18.00 (local time)
Maren Meinert's charges are plotting revenge for their 2-0 defeat against Korea DPR at Russia 2006, the only previous group-stage meeting between the two sides in the history of the tournament. This year's hosts will be favourites going into the tie having won each of their three group matches convincingly, while Choe Kwang-Sok's North Koreans are focused on a return to winning ways after being pipped to first place in Group B by surprise package Sweden.
If the statistics are anything to go by, then goals are certainly in the offing. The Germans have already netted 11, more than any other team in the tournament so far, thanks in the most part to the competition's six-goal top scorer Alexandra Popp. The East Asians boast a similarly impressive record, having scored at least once in each of their previous 15 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup matches.
Sweden - Colombia, Bielefeld, Saturday, 11.30 (local time)
Any team who leaves the likes of pre-tournament favourites Brazil and France in their wake fully deserves their place in the last eight. While Sweden pipped As Canarinhas, Colombia denied Les Bleuettes, and now the two FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup first-timers face sides with similar styles in the quarters. It will be particularly interesting to see whether the in-form Swedes can outfox the technically gifted individuals of Colombia and book their place in the semi-finals.
If the Scandinavians are indeed to reach the last four, Calle Barrling's side will need to be on red alert right for the full 90 minutes, as Colombia have scored a goal in the closing ten minutes of each of their three matches so far. Meanwhile the South Americans' coach Ricardo Rozo will be advising his team against complacency after Sweden came from behind in both their group-stage victories against New Zealand and Korea DPR respectively.
3 - Germany starlet Popp and Sweden's Antonia Goransson are only the second and third European players respectively to have scored in all their team's group-stage matches at a FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The only player to have achieved this feat previously is Popp's compatriot Anja Mittag at Thailand 2004.
"It's our aim to be successful and play attractive football. We want to give the crowd a good performance in return for their support." Svenja Huth, Germany striker, in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com