When Japan meet Spain in the final of the FIFA World Youth Championship it will be only the second encounter between an Asian and a European team for the title: back in 1981, in Australia, West Germany beat surprise team Qatar 4-0 for the trophy.

Can 1999 underdogs Japan continue their amazing run in this competition, with the loss of their captain Shinji Ono who is serving a one-match ban following two yellow cards in the previous matches? Coach Philippe Troussier's extensive team preparations back home in Japan, in France and in Burkina Faso have already paid off.

Spain, on the other hand, are the only unbeaten team and could win their first FIFA competition outside the Olympic Football Tournament. The squad of coach Inaki Saez Ruiz will need the firepower of Pablo, Varela and the two Barcelona players Gabri and Xavi, who, between them, have already scored ten goals.