World Football

A springboard into the world’s elite

Ahead of this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013, FIFA.comand FIFA TVlook back on some of the tournament’s previous editions, which launched the careers of more than a few of the world’s biggest stars.

In 1979 Diego Maradona appeared on the global stage for the first time. At the finals in Japan, not only did the Argentinian have fans swooning, he won the title with his team-mates and was voted player of the tournament. Portugal’s Luis Figo was another to shine at a FIFA U-20 World Cup and lifted the trophy on home soil in 1991.

Spain’s Cesc Fabregas, Croatia’s Davor Suker and Brazilian duo Ronaldinho and Kaka are further members of the illustrious roll call of alumni to have featured at a FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Currently the most famous former participant is Lionel Messi. The four-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner took the title with Argentina in 2005 and also secured individual honours as both the tournament’s best player and top scorer.

In this Video of the Week, discover which other players have made their names at a FIFA U-20 World Cup and whet your appetite for this year’s edition, where we are sure to see the game’s future stars.

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