Brazil- world under-20 champions in 1983, 1985 and 1993 -face Germany (who finished third in last year's European qualifying tournament) and Asian champions Iraq, as well as Canada, who impressed when winning one of the final groups in the CONCACAF qualifiers. These Group B matches will be played in Cordoba.
Meanwhile the host nation, Argentina, looks to have a lighter task in Group A when they contend with Finland (their opponents in the opening match in Buenos Aires), Egypt and Jamaica.
European champions France face Ghana (beaten finalists in the African qualifiers), Paraguay and Iran in Group F in Mar del Plata, while surprise African champions Angola meet the strong Japanese team (who lost 1-2 to Iraq in the Asian final), customary Oceania champions Australia and the Czech Republic, the Group D games being scheduled for the city of Rosario.
Beaten European finalists Ukraine take on the United States, Chile and China (who took the third Asian slot with a penalty-kicks win over Iran) in Group C in Mendoza, while Group E, in Salta, is composed of the second strongest CONACAF qualifiers, Costa Rica, the Netherlands and the outsiders from Ethiopia and Ecuador.
Two teams from each of the six first-round groups go through to the second round, ultimately seeking a place in the final in Buenos Aires on 8 July.