The U-20 finals in numbers
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minutes without conceding is the record Brazil established between 1985 and 1987, thanks to future senior international goalkeepers Taffarel and Ronaldo. A Seleção are currently on a run of 257 minutes without leaking a goal – they lost to Ghana on penalties following a 0-0 draw in the 2009 final – meaning they could break their own landmark in Colombia.

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centimetres is what makes Austria goalkeeper Samuel Radlinger the tallest player at Colombia 2011, with Mali striker Kalifa Coulibaly, just one centimetre smaller, the tallest outfield competitor. England have the tallest average team (183cms), while Guatemala have the smallest (172cms). Furthermore, the Central Americans' playmaker Kevin Norales is this competition's most diminutive player, standing at just 161 centimetres.

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per cent of squad members from Egypt, England, Korea DPR and Saudi Arabia play their club football in their homeland. Eight-two of the 504 players (16.2 per cent) are based overseas, with Cameroon's squad including the most: eight of 21 (38.1 per cent

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per cent of FIFA U-20 World Cups have been won by South American teams. Argentina lead the way on six titles, followed by four-time champions Brazil, who between them have lifted the trophy on seven of the last nine occasions. Portugal, winners in 1989 and 1991, are the only other nation to have conquered the competition more than once.

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FIFA U-20 World Cup matches is the record total in which Les Scheinflug coached. Born in Germany, he guided Australia in seven editions between 1983 and 1997, leading them to the semi-finals in 1991 and 1993. Jose Pekerman is next on the list, having overseen 21 Argentina games from 1995 to 2001.

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years and eight months is the age at which Kang Il Nam will be when the 18th edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup gets underway on Friday, making him the youngest player in Colombia. The Korea DPR defender was born almost four years after some of the players at the tournament. Nigeria, meanwhile, have the youngest average team, at 18 years and nine months.

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seconds is all it took Nigeria's Monday Odiaka to score the fastest goal in FIFA U-20 World Cup history against Canada in 1985. His compatriot, John Owoeri, netted the second-quickest, four seconds shy of the record, against the Netherlands six years ago.

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goals in what makes Brazil's 10-3 thrashing of Korea Republic in 1997 the highest-scoring match in FIFA U-20 World Cup history. Future Seleção internationals Fernandao and Ze Elias posted braces apiece in the contest, while Adailton was on target an incredible six times in a 39-minute spell. Kosta Salapasidis of Australia and Spain's Fernando Llorente, who managed four goals in respective meetings with Argentina in 1997 and Chile in 2005, remain the only other players to have netted more than three times in one game at the tournament.

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goals is what makes Javier Saviola the leading marksman in FIFA U-20 World Cup history. The diminutive Argentinian striker managed his haul in seven matches en route to gold on home soil in 2001, though he failed to score in two of those. Adailton boasts a superior goals-per-game ratio than Saviola: the Brazilian scored ten times in five games in 1997, before his side fell to La Albiceleste in the last eight.

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is what makes April 25 of Korea DPR and Costa Rica's Saprissa the best-represented clubs in Colombia. England is the country in which a unmatched 31 players are based, followed by Spain (29), France (25) and Argentina (23).

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referees who took charge of matches at the FIFA U-20 World Cup went on to do the same in the Final of the FIFA World Cup™: Arnaldo Coelho (1982), Edgardo Codesal Mendez (1990), Sandor Puhl (1994), Horacio Elizondo (2006) and Howard Webb (2010).

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goals is the deficit Nigeria recovered in an exhilarating 23-minute spell to draw with Soviet Union en route to a 5-3 shoot-out victory in their Saudi Arabia 1989 quarter-final. An Oleg Salenko strike had helped the Soviets carry a 4-0 lead into the final third, and ultimately seized him the adidas Golden Shoe – the Leningrad native shared the same award with Bulgaria's Hristo Stoichkov at the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™, after famously scoring five goals in a 60-minute period against Cameroon. However, Christopher Ohen kick-started the comeback in the 61st minute, and after Nduka Ugbade had equalised on 84 minutes, the Africans successfully converted all five of their penalties to go through.

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editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup is what Saudi Arabia's Abdulrahman Al Roomi (1985, 1987 and 1989), American Freddy Adu and David Edgar of Canada have been involved in (both 2003, 2005 and 2007), though the latter did not receive any playing time in his maiden participation. One-hundred-and-thirteen players appeared in two previous instalments of the competition, with another 13 set to join them.