On Thursday, the curtain will come up on the 17th edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. As Egypt prepares for this showpiece event, we take a statistical look at FIFA's second-biggest tournament.
million spectators have clicked through the turnstiles at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, giving the tournament a healthy overall average attendance of 15,617. The best-attended edition thus far was Canada 2007, which pulled in 1,195,239 fans, while Mexico 1983 produced the highest average attendances, with a median of 36,099.
thousand fans packed into Lisbon's Stadium of Light to watch Portugal beat Brazil to retain the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1991. This mammoth crowd, the biggest-ever in this tournament's history, is also the second-largest recorded at any FIFA match.
goals have been scored at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The first came from Italian Luigi Capuzzo to seal a 1-0 win over Côte d'Ivoire in 1977, while the most recent was Zarate's winner in Argentina's 2-1 final triumph in 2007.
FIFA U-20 World Cup matches, more than any other FIFA tournament save for the FIFA World Cup™, have been contested since the tournament's inception in 1977.
goals, an average of 2.24 per match, have established Brazil as the most prolific in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Old rivals Argentina are the second-highest scorers with 137 (2.04 per match).
different leagues will be represented at Egypt 2009, with 35 players from Serie A and Serie B making the Italian leagues the best represented. England follows close behind on 33, while 32 of the participants play their club football in Spain.
players who have participated in the FIFA U-20 World Cup have gone on to win the FIFA World Cup.
matches without loss between 1989 and 1995 gives Brazil the longest unbeaten run in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The second-longest, Argentina's 13, is still running, but the holders' failure to qualify means they will be unable to close in on their rivals' record here in Egypt.
years and 3 months: that is the tender age at which Republic of Ireland's Jason Byrne became the youngest player in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup at the 1991 edition. Cameroon's Ghislain Mvom, comparatively elderly at 16 years and 11 months, is the youngest player selected for Egypt 2009 and the only participant under the age of 17.
goals from Javier Saviola at Argentina 2001 established the Albiceleste star as the FIFA U-20 World Cup's all-time leading scorer. Brazil's Adailton, who managed 10 at Malaysia 1997, is Saviola's closest rival.
players from Ah Ahly and Saprissa have been selected for Egypt 2009, making these Egyptian and Costa Rican powerhouses the best represented of any clubs at the tournament.
of the players at Egypt 2009 boast previous experience of a FIFA U-20 World Cup. Ondrej Mazuch and Tomas Pekhart were members of the Czech side that reached the final of Canada 2007, a tournament for which USA duo Bryan Arguez and Brian Perk, Costa Rica's Esteban Alvarado and Tabare Viudez of Uruguay were also selected.
goals from Adailton in Brazil's 10-3 win over Korea Republic is the biggest individual haul in any FIFA U-20 World Cup fixture. This match is the highest-scoring in the tournament's history and, amazingly, Brazil repeated the feat just three days later, beating Belgium 10-0.
FIFA U-20 World Cup titles makes Argentina the most successful team in the tournament's history, although Brazil - currently second-best - will be aiming to narrow the gap by winning the trophy for a fifth time here in Egypt.
players have competed at three separate FIFA U-20 World World Cups: Saudi Arabia's Al Roomi (1985, 1987, 1989), USA's Freddy Adu (2003, 2005, 2007) and David Edgar of Canada (2003, 2005, 2007). Egypt 2009 will also be US coach Thomas Rongen's third edition, although he is still some way short of the seven overseen by Austrian Les Scheinflug.
previous FIFA U-20 World Cups have been held in Africa: Tunisia 1977 and Nigeria 1999. On both occasions, a European team emerged triumphant, with USSR taking the trophy in '77 and Spain finishing on top 22 years later.