The Final Draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009, held on 5 April in Luxor, has thrown up six intriguing groups with any number of mouth-watering clashes. The leading FIFA competition for juniors takes place from 24 September until 16 October in the five host cities of Alexandria, Ismailia, Cairo, Port Said and Suez.
The draw ceremony at the Temple of Luxor was attended by a large number of VIP guests. FIFA Director of Competitions Jim Brown conducted the draw, assisted by Shawki Gharieb, assistant coach of Egypt's national team, Aya Medany, the female modern pentathlon world champion, and a trio of distinguished former Egypt internationals: Hazem Emam, Hady Khashaba and Taher Abou Zeid.
The team making the draw conjured up a string of fascinating encounters at the group stage. European champions Germany must contend with USA, South American top dogs Brazil face the challenge posed by Czech Republic, and African champions Ghana will take on England. Hosts Egypt will meet Trinidad and Tobago in the opening match on Thursday 24 September at the Egyptian Army Stadium in Alexandria.
FIFA U-20 World Cup 2009 groups:
*To read exclusive reaction to the draw, please click on the 'Deliberations on the Draw' link to the right. For an overview of the draw proceedings, please click on 'Magical Night In Luxor.'