While Germany have been touted as title favourites in various quarters, this group seems certain to provide fans with one or two surprises. Indeed, Germany U-20 coach Horst Hrubesch was quick to describe this as "the group of death" after his side were drawn against Cameroon, USA and Korea Republic.
USA and Korea Republic are both participating in their twelfth FIFA U-20 World Cup and such experience can only be beneficial to their respective causes. Germany are competing at the tournament once again, having missed out on the Canada 2007 edition, while Cameroon are involved for the first time since 1999.
With all four sides keen to assert themselves at this level, a thrilling battle for the two quarter-final spots is bound to ensue.
The matches (times local)
USA - Germany, Suez, 26 September, 16:00
Cameroon - Korea Republic, Suez, 26 September, 18:45
Korea Republic - Germany, Suez, 29 September, 16:00
USA - Cameroon, Suez, 29 September, 18:45
Germany - Cameroon, Ismailia, 2 October, 18:45
Korea Republic - USA, Suez, 2 October, 18:45
How they qualified
USA: Runners-up at the CONCACAF U-20 Championships 2009 in Trinidad and Tobago
Germany: Winners of the UEFA U-19 European Championship 2007 in the Czech Republic
Cameroon: Runners-up at the 2009 African Youth Championship in Rwanda
Korea Republic: Semi-finalists at the AFC U-19 Championship in Saudi Arabia
All but one of the Group C matches (Germany - Cameroon) will take place at the Mubarak Stadium in Suez. On the northern tip of the Red Sea and at the southern end of the Suez Canal, the city is home to around 500,000 inhabitants and boasts two harbours, namely Port Ibrahim and Port Tawfiq, both of which are equipped with extensive facilities. When the Suez Canal was opened in 1869, the city became an important stronghold for both military and trade. The hotels in the Ain Sokhna area will provide most teams, officials and fans with accommodation.
The big match: USA - Germany, Suez, 26 September, 16:00
The first Group C game involves two of the title favourites going head to head in Suez and both Hrubesch and USA coach Thomas Rongen affirmed their title aspirations: "We're going to Egypt to win, no question," said Rongen in a rallying cry similar to that of Hrubesch. A loss in the opening game would come as a huge setback for either side and no doubt increase the pressure to get a result in the following matches.
The German U-20s have history on their side, having won the trophy in Australia in 1981, while the Americans' best showing at a FIFA U-20 World Cup came at the 1989 tournament in Saudi Arabia where they finished fourth.
"We're up against some quality teams. The Germans are European Champions. Cameroon have a very strong, talented squad. The African sides at this age group are always dangerous. The Koreans will be very disciplined, too, and their individual players are technically superb." Thomas Rongen, USA coach.