U-20 World Cup II

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U-20 World Cup II
Tournament details
Host  Oceania
Season(s) Season 18
Teams 40
Final positions
Champions  Sverige
Runner-up  England
Semi-finalists  Danmark
 USA 
U20 I U20 III

The Qualification rounds were based on the top 40 teams in the rankings table. Of those teams, the top eight in rankings qualified directly. The remaining thirty-two teams played for the final eight spots in the cup.

Direct Qualification

Pre-Qualification

This round started on 2003-02-14 20:00:00 and was played in Oceania.

ID Match Result
(5012867)  Canada 5 - 0  Ireland
(5012868)  Polska 1 - 3  Hrvatska
(5012869)  Portugal 4 - 2  Misr
(5012870)  Nederland 4 - 0  Schweiz
(5012871)  Italia 5 - 0  Hellas
(5012872)  España 4 - 0  South Africa
(5012873)  Türkiye 2 - 1  Magyarország
(5012874)  Suomi 5 - 2  Venezuela
(5012875)  Deutschland 2 - 1  Prathet Thai
(5012876)  Scotland 3 - 2  France
(5012877)  Brasil 2 - 1  Chile
(5012878)  Österreich 3 - 4 aet  Eesti
(5012879)  Argentina 2 - 2 (1-3p)  Rossiya
(5012880)  India 2 - 0  Singapore
(5012881)  Malaysia 3 - 2  Indonesia
(5012882)  Chile 2 - 4  Belgium

Qualification

This round started on 2003-02-21 20:00:00 and was played in Oceania.

ID Match Result
(5032656)  Canada 5 - 0  Hrvatska
(5032657)  Portugal 7 - 0  Eesti
(5032658)  Nederland 4 - 0  Rossiya
(5032659)  Italia 0 - 1  Belgium
(5032660)  España 4 - 2  Malaysia
(5032661)  Türkiye 4 - 2  India
(5032662)  Suomi 3 - 1  Brasil
(5032663)  Deutschland 2 - 0  Scotland

Round II

This round started on 2003-02-28 20:00:00 and was played in Oceania.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sverige 9 3 3 0 0 8 3 +5
 Canada 6 3 2 0 1 7 4 +3
 Belgium 3 3 1 0 2 4 4 ±0
 Norge 0 3 0 0 3 2 10 -8


ID Match Result Date and Time
(5053485)  Sverige 2 - 1  Canada 2003-02-28 at 20.00
(5053486)  Norge 0 - 2  Belgium

(5053487)  Sverige 2 - 1  Belgium 2003-03-07 at 20.00
(5053488)  Norge 1 - 4  Canada

(5053489)  Sverige 4 - 1  Norge 2003-03-14 at 20.00
(5053490)  Canada 2 - 1  Belgium

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Oceania 9 3 3 0 0 8 4 +4
 Danmark 6 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5
 Deutschland 3 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3
 Portugal 0 3 0 0 3 2 8 -6


ID Match Result Date and Time
(5053491)  Oceania 2 - 1  Portugal 2003-02-28 at 20.00
(5053492)  Danmark 3 - 0  Deutschland

(5053493)  Oceania 2 - 1  Deutschland 2003-03-07 at 20.00
(5053494)  Danmark 4 - 0  Portugal

(5053495)  Oceania 4 - 2  Danmark 2003-03-14 at 20.00
(5053496)  Portugal 1 - 2  Deutschland

Group 3

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Nederland 9 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7
 USA 6 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4
 Suomi 3 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3
 México 0 3 0 0 3 3 11 -8


ID Match Result Date and Time
(5053497)  USA 1 - 3  Nederland 2003-02-28 at 20.00
(5053498)  México 1 - 3  Suomi

(5053499)  USA 3 - 1  Suomi 2003-03-07 at 20.00
(5053500)  México 2 - 4  Nederland

(5053501)  USA 4 - 0  México 2003-03-14 at 20.00
(5053502)  Nederland 3 - 0  Suomi

Group 4

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 España 7 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2
 England 5 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4
 România 4 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2
 Türkiye 0 3 0 0 3 0 8 -8


ID Match Result Date and Time
(5053503)  England 1 - 1  España 2003-02-28 at 20.00
(5053504)  România 3 - 0  Türkiye

(5053505)  England 4 - 0  Türkiye 2003-03-07 at 20.00
(5053506)  România 1 - 2  España

(5053507)  England 1 - 1  România 2003-03-14 at 20.00
(5053508)  España 1 - 0  Türkiye

Round III

This round started on 2003-03-21 20:00:00 and was played in Oceania.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 9 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5
 Danmark 4 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1
 Nederland 3 3 1 0 2 6 8 -2
 España 1 3 0 1 2 3 7 -4


ID Match Result Date and Time
(5119821)  Nederland 2 - 4  Danmark 2003-03-21 at 20.00
(5119822)  España 0 - 3  England

(5119823)  Nederland 1 - 2  England 2003-03-23 at 20.00
(5119824)  España 1 - 1  Danmark

(5119825)  Nederland 3 - 2  España 2003-03-25 at 20.00
(5119826)  Danmark 0 - 1  England

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sverige 9 3 3 0 0 14 2 +12
 USA 6 3 2 0 1 6 6 ±0
 Canada 3 3 1 0 2 4 10 -6
 Oceania 0 3 0 0 3 1 7 -6


ID Match Result Date and Time
(5119827)  Sverige 5 - 0  USA 2003-03-21 at 20.00
(5119828)  Oceania 0 - 2  Canada

(5119829)  Sverige 5 - 1  Canada 2003-03-23 at 20.00
(5119830)  Oceania 0 - 1  USA

(5119831)  Sverige 4 - 1  Oceania 2003-03-25 at 20.00
(5119832)  USA 5 - 1  Canada

Semi-Finals

This round started on 2003-03-28 20:00:00 and was played in Oceania.

ID Match Result
(6762749)  England 2 - 0  USA
(6762750)  Danmark 0 - 5  Sverige

Final

This round started on 2003-03-30 20:00:00 and was played in Oceania.

ID Match Result
(6830989)  England 0 - 2  Sverige

Tactics and Ratings

England: 3-5-2
Normal
Midfield: passable (very high)
Right Defence: solid (low)
Central Defence: outstanding (high)
Left Defence: outstanding (high)
Right Attack: inadequate (very low)
Central Attack: solid (very high)
Left Attack: inadequate (very low)

Indirect Set Pieces:
Attack: N/A
Defence: N/A
Sverige: 3-5-2
Normal
Midfield: world class (very low)
Right Defence: solid (very high)
Central Defence: magnificent (very low)
Left Defence: magnificent (low)
Right Attack: outstanding (low)
Central Attack: excellent (very high)
Left Attack: inadequate (high)

Indirect Set Pieces:
Attack: N/A
Defence: N/A

HT Announcements

3.2.2003 Last week before the U-20 World Cup
Next Friday will be the last before the U-20 World Cup begins. That means that next Friday is the last chance to qualify for it by gaining ranking points. The best 40 (out of a total of 56 nations) teams are qualified, the best 8 of which will go directly to the group play, skipping the first two cup rounds.
24.2.2003 U-20 WC: Group play next
The qualifications are over and the U-20 World Cup enters next phase. 16 teams have lined up for the first Play-Off and the draw placed old rivals and neighbours USA and Mexico once more in the same group, along with Netherlands and Finland. Group 1 will also be a tough one with Scandinavian rivals Norge and Sweden, accompanied by Canada and Belgium. Host Oceania will be playing Denmark, Portugal and Germany. The final group is made up of England, Romania, Spain and Turkey.
30.3.2003 U20 World Cup final
Today is the big day when the U20 World Cup final takes place. This year, Sweden will play England, having beaten Denmark and the US respectively in the semifinals. Kick off is 20:00 HT-Time as usual.
31.3.2003 Sweden wins 2-0
Yet another World Cup title to the Swedes, as they defeated England in the U20 World Cup final yesterday. Congrats to them and to the Swedish coach Pucko. However, our respect goes to England for a well performed competition, and a well deserve silver medal. Also, of course, congrats to the US and Denmark for grabbing the bronze medals.
World Cup

Nippon/Hanguk 15 · Argentina 17 · Nederland 19 · USA 21 · España 23 · Brasil 25 · China 27 · Deutschland 29 · Rossiya 31 · Portugal 33 · België 35 · Colombia 37 · Hellas 39 · Prathet Thai 41 · South Africa 43 · India 45 · Trinidad and Tobago 47 · Israel 49 · Crna Gora 51 · Tounes 53 · Brasil 55 · Andorra 57 · Indonesia 59 · Eesti 61 · France 63 · Guatemala 65 · Oceania 67 ·