A record-breaking tournament
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Exactly three weeks on from the media conference which took place the day before the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 began, FIFA vice-president and Chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Jack A. Warner, and Local Organising Committee President and FIFA Executive Committee member Hany Abo Rida, took questions from the global media at a news conference in Cairo following a meeting of the Organising Committee.

Jack A. Warner
On the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009
We've been pleased to be here over the past month. In many ways, this has been a record-breaking tournament and one of surprises. In Canada, during the 52 matches, 1.19 million spectators attended. With two matches to go we stand at 1.15 million, so there is a distinct possibility that that this tournament will be bigger in terms of spectators. The highest number of goals scored at a FIFA U-20 World Cup was at Malaysia 1997 with 165. We have equalled that already and only six goals need to be scored to break Qatar 1995's record of 3.28, the tournament's highest average to date.

It's also been a tournament of surprises. Costa Rica have reached the semi-finals for the very first time, despite them finishing third in the group stage. That's a testimony to their hard work and progression. It's also the first time that Hungary have gone so far in a FIFA youth tournament.

This event has produced excellent, exciting football which the fans have been happy to watch. It seems to have been a tradition in tournaments of this kind.

On the standard of refereeing
We do have genuine and legitimate concerns about the number of cards issued at this tournament. We will be reviewing each game in this regard. Obviously our major concern is to protect the players and we will be keeping that in mind.

On Egypt hosting a FIFA World Cup in the future
Egypt hosted a FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1997. Egypt are now hosting a FIFA U-20 World Cup, so by a series of a natural progression it seems that a senior FIFA World Cup would be a logical step. Egypt has the stadiums, it has the facilities, it has the tourist attractions, it has the passion for football.

From my point of view, there have not been many negative points. For me the only negative points have been the fact that Egypt were knocked out in the Round of 16, that my team [Trinidad and Tobago] did not last long - and that I will be going home on Friday.

Hany Abo Rida
On the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009
We are on the verge of breaking great and exciting records at this tournament, but it was tinged with disappointment due to Egypt's early exit. The major positive point for us is the great attendance and I have to congratulate all of our venues. Our initial target was to have an aggregate attendance of 970,000, but now I think we can break Canada's record.

I think that Egypt has showed that we are capable of hosting major tournaments. The stadiums looked great, as did all the facilities. I must thank FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA vice-president Jack A. Warner for their confidence in us. I think we have all learned a lot from this tournament. It's created a legacy for Egypt.