FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Holders and hopefuls begin campaigns

The Korea team aplaud the fans after their victory
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  • Korea DPR begin defence of title
  • Cameroon in search of first points
  • Canada and Colombia hoping to break new ground

Korea DPR begin the defence of their title this Wednesday 14 November in Colonia del Sacramento’s Estadio Alberto Suppici against UEFA zone runners-up Germany. Also in Group C action on Wednesday will be Cameroon and USA. Montevideo, meanwhile, will also host two top-quality duels with the clash of Canada and Colombia in Group D, which gets underway earlier in the day with the meeting of two title contenders – Korea Republic and Spain. FIFA.com previews all the action from Matchday 2 at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.

The games

Group C: USA - Cameroon | Korea DPR - Germany
Group D: Korea Republic – Spain | Canada - Colombia

What you need to know

Lionesses’ appetite: Cameroon's maiden experience at the U-17 Women's World Cup ended in three straight defeats at Jordan 2016. However, the African side will be hoping to translate those harsh lessons into results two years on. Six of the current squad competed in 2016 and, with considerably more experience now under their belts, expect a different outcome this time around. Their first chance to show their progress will be against no less a team than USA.

Players of Cameroon jump in the air for a team photo ahead of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018
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A constant stream of talent: Korea DPR have yet to miss a single staging of this tournament. In the five previous editions, they graced three finals and won two of them, demonstrating their impressive capacity to produce new generations of exceptional players year after year. By contrast, Germany have yet to feature in a U-17 World Cup final despite their status as a giant of European football.

All or nothing: Since reaching the quarter-finals in 2008 and winning the tournament two years later in Trinidad and Tobago, Korea Republic have not featured at the U-17 Women's World Cup. Three successive failures to qualify means they will be determined to make the most of their return this year and prolong their stay in Uruguay for as long as possible.

New ground to break: In their five prior appearances, Colombia never once survived the group phase, despite their lofty ambitions. Canada, for their part, are still searching for their first semi-final appearance at this event, which is somewhat surprising given the impressive performances of their senior counterparts in international competitions. A victory for either of them in Montevideo would be a welcome first step towards achieving their objectives.

Players to watch

Andersen Williams (Canada)
Eva Navarro (Spain)
Shekiera Martinez (Germany)
Kim Kyong-Yong (Korea DPR)

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