The opening Group C fixture features the USA and Germany, two of the tournament favourites. The Germans arrive as reigning U-19 European champions after an impressive march to the trophy at the continental showdown, where they booked their place in Egypt without losing a match. The USA have appeared at the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals twelve times, more than any other nation in their confederation, although they fell 3-0 to Costa Rica in the CONCACAF championship final.

The game
USA-Germany, Suez, Saturday 26 September, 16:00 (local time)

The stakes
Both sides will be desperate to avoid defeat in the opening game. In the build-up, Germany coach Horst Hrubesch and his US counterpart Thomas Rongen have both named the trophy as their target for the tournament. Defeat in the first match would be a serious setback to the losers and pile on the pressure for the remaining group games.

The stat
3 - USA and Germany have met three times at the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals. The Germans are undefeated in the head-to-heads, with 2-1 and 3-1 wins in 1987 and 2003, and a goalless draw in 2005.

The birthdays
Dilly Duka (20; 15 September), Jorge Flores (20; 16 September) and Aaron Maund (19; 19 September) of the USA, and Germany's Lewis Holtby (19; 18 September), are all hoping for late but still very welcome birthday presents - victory in their opening match.

The words
"The USA cemented a place at the top of the world junior game a long time ago. They're not exactly here for the first time. We know we'll have to get stuck in right from the start of this tournament and come together as a team match by match. That's our intention, and we'll see how it works out," Horst Hrubesch, Germany coach.

"My players all look up to the senior internationals and hope they'll have made it that far in a few years from now. My lads know what it means to pull on an American national shirt, and they do it with enormous pride," Thomas Rongen, USA coach.