U-20 World Cup III

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U-20 World Cup III
Tournament details
Host  România
Season(s) Season 20
Teams 40
Final positions
Champions  România
Runner-up  Polska
Semi-finalists  Eesti
 Österreich 
U20 II U20 IV

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 2003-09-26 20:00:00 and was played in Romania.

ID Match Result
(9708263)  România 5 - 0  Venezuela
(9708264)  Deutschland 1 - 2  South Africa
(9708265)  Belgium 5 - 2  Perú
(9708266)  Norge 6 - 0  China
(9708267)  Suomi 1 - 2  Prathet Thai
(9708268)  Eesti 1 - 0  Malaysia
(9708269)  Polska 3 - 0  Chinese Taipei
(9708270)  Portugal 3 - 0  Chile
(9708271)  Österreich 3 - 0  Rossiya
(9708272)  Latvija 0 - 2  Scotland
(9708273)  Srbija i Crna Gora 0 - 3  Singapore
(9708274)  Italia 2 - 1  Hrvatska
(9708275)  France 2 - 3  Brasil
(9708276)  Magyarország 1 - 2  Türkiye
(9708277)  Argentina 3 - 2 aet  Česká republika
(9708278)  Schweiz 0 - 3  México

Qualification

This round started on 2003-10-03 20:00:00 and was played in Romania.

ID Match Result
(9754365)  România 2 - 0  South Africa
(9754367)  Belgium 4 - 0  Prathet Thai
(9754368)  Norge 3 - 1  Scotland
(9754369)  Eesti 3 - 0  Singapore
(9754370)  Polska 4 - 2  Brasil
(9754371)  Portugal 1 - 0  Türkiye
(9754372)  Österreich 5 - 3  México
(9754373)  Italia 2 - 1 aet  Argentina

Round II

This round started on 2003-10-10 20:00:00 and was played in Romania.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 România 9 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9
 Oceania 6 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1
 Sverige 3 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1
 Italia 0 3 0 0 3 2 11 -9


ID Match Result Date and Time
(9802059)  Sverige 0 - 2  România 2003-10-10 at 20.00
(9802060)  Oceania 4 - 1  Italia

(9802061)  Sverige 3 - 1  Italia 2003-10-17 at 20.00
(9802062)  Oceania 0 - 3  România

(9802063)  Sverige 1 - 2  Oceania 2003-10-24 at 20.00
(9802064)  România 4 - 0  Italia

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Belgium 6 3 2 0 1 10 7 +3
 Österreich 4 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3
 England 4 3 1 1 1 6 8 -2
 España 2 3 0 2 1 4 8 -4


ID Match Result Date and Time
(9802065)  England 1 - 5  Belgium 2003-10-10 at 20.00
(9802066)  España 1 - 1  Österreich

(9802067)  England 3 - 1  Österreich 2003-10-17 at 20.00
(9802068)  España 1 - 5  Belgium

(9802069)  England 2 - 2  España 2003-10-24 at 20.00
(9802070)  Belgium 0 - 5  Österreich

Group 3

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Danmark 6 3 2 0 1 7 4 +3
 USA 6 3 2 0 1 3 4 -1
 Norge 4 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1
 Portugal 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3


ID Match Result Date and Time
(9802071)  USA 0 - 3  Norge 2003-10-10 at 20.00
(9802072)  Danmark 3 - 1  Portugal

(9802073)  USA 1 - 0  Portugal 2003-10-17 at 20.00
(9802074)  Danmark 3 - 1  Norge

(9802075)  USA 2 - 1  Danmark 2003-10-24 at 20.00
(9802076)  Norge 1 - 1  Portugal

Group 4

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Eesti 9 3 3 0 0 10 4 +6
 Polska 6 3 2 0 1 5 5 ±0
 Nederland 3 3 1 0 2 4 4 ±0
 Canada 0 3 0 0 3 1 7 -6


ID Match Result Date and Time
(9802077)  Nederland 1 - 3  Eesti 2003-10-10 at 20.00
(9802078)  Canada 0 - 2  Polska

(9802079)  Nederland 0 - 1  Polska 2003-10-17 at 20.00
(9802080)  Canada 1 - 2  Eesti

(9802081)  Nederland 3 - 0  Canada 2003-10-24 at 20.00
(9802082)  Eesti 5 - 2  Polska

Round III

This round started on 2003-10-27 20:00:00 and was played in Romania.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Polska 9 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3
 Eesti 6 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4
 USA 3 3 1 0 2 5 5 ±0
 Belgium 0 3 0 0 3 3 10 -7


ID Match Result Date and Time
(9947956)  Eesti 0 - 1  Polska 2003-10-27 at 20.00
(9947957)  Belgium 1 - 4  USA

(9947958)  Belgium 1 - 2  Polska 2003-10-31 at 20.00
(9947959)  Eesti 3 - 1  USA

(9947960)  Polska 1 - 0  USA 2003-11-03 at 20.00
(9947961)  Eesti 4 - 1  Belgium

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 România 9 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7
 Österreich 4 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1
 Danmark 3 3 1 0 2 4 6 -2
 Oceania 1 3 0 1 2 0 4 -4


ID Match Result Date and Time
(9947950)  România 1 - 0  Oceania 2003-10-27 at 20.00
(9947951)  Danmark 1 - 3  Österreich

(9947952)  România 3 - 0  Österreich 2003-10-31 at 20.00
(9947953)  Danmark 3 - 0  Oceania

(9947954)  România 3 - 0  Danmark 2003-11-03 at 20.00
(9947955)  Oceania 0 - 0  Österreich

Semi-Finals

This round started on 2003-11-07 20:00:00 and was played in Romania.

ID Match Result
(10403192)  Österreich 0 - 5  Polska
(10403191)  România 3 - 0  Eesti

Final

This round started on 2003-11-09 20:00:00 and was played in Romania.

ID Match Result
(13102877)  România 1 - 1 (1-0p)  Polska

Tactics and Ratings

Romania: 3-5-2
Normal
Midfield: magical (very high)
Right Defence: world class (very low)
Central Defence: magnificent (high)
Left Defence: magnificent (very high)
Right Attack: inadequate (very low)
Central Attack: solid (high)
Left Attack: formidable (high)

Indirect Set Pieces:
Attack: N/A
Defence: N/A
Polska: 3-5-2
Normal
Midfield: magnificent (very high)
Right Defence: supernatural (low)
Central Defence: magnificent (very high)
Left Defence: magnificent (low)
Right Attack: formidable (low)
Central Attack: solid (high)
Left Attack: weak (low)

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

HT Announcements

20.8.2003 Host for next U-20 World Cup
Yesterday, following the arcane procedures established over the centuries, The Hattrick World Cup Hosting Committee, announced the hosting nation of next U-20 World Cup, which starts September 26. The so called Eternal Secretary solemnly announced to the assembled world media that Romania had been chosen as host nation.

- Romania has a firm reputation as an old, loyal and enthusiastic Hattrick nation, said the Eternal Secretary.

10.10.2003 U-20 starts for real
The qualifications games are over and the 8 top seeded teams enter the battle over the U-20 Championship. Tonight Friday, the U-20 World Cup group rounds begin. Defending Champions Sweden encounters host nation Romania already in this first round. In the 5 World Cup and U-20 World Cup Championships that have been played, Sweden has never lost a match. Can a fanatic home crowd help the Romanian squad to shock the Swedes?
24.10.2003 ..8.. 9.. 10.. The Champ is out!
A U-20 World Cup Revolution took place tonight as Sverige, until now seemingly unbeatable in the WC, were knocked out in the first group round after their defeats against Romania and now Oceania. Other remarkable achievements were made by little Estonia (Eesti) which crushed all resistance in Group 4, and by relatively small HT nation Austria (Österreich) which knocked out much larger England and Spain. Next round of group play starts on Monday, with 8 teams battling over Sweden's lost crown.
24.10.2003 U20 World Cup
For the first time ever the winner of a Hattrick World Cup will not be Sweden! After the first group stages Sweden are out. The teams fighting for the medals are: Romania, Oceania, USA, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Estonia and Poland. May the best team win!
4.11.2003 Look to the East
This season´s exciting U20 tournament has reached the semi finals - and the final four are all eastern european teams: Romania, Estonia, Poland and Austria! The big achievement of the final round of the group games were Austria´s 0-0 draw against Oceania, which won them a semi final spot ahead of Oceania and Denmark. Well done! The U20 semis will start Friday at 20.00 HT-time. Presently, Poland and Romania looks like the favourites. They will play Austria and Estonia, respectively.
7.11.2003 Big games tonight!
Tonight at 20.00 HT-time it will begin - the semi final round of the U20 World Cup. Perhaps, the most anticipated game will be the one between Romania, hosts and favourites to win the tournament, and underdogs Estonia, who have already achieved a lot in this WC - but who are still hungry for more. And don´t forget semi final two, with Austria facing a very strong Polish team... The battle can begin!
8.11.2003 Who will claim the Cup?
Romania and Poland are the strongest U20 nations in Hattrick right now, as they defeated Estonia and Austria, respectively, in yesterday´s semifinals. On Sunday at 20.00 HTT the two victors will kick off the finals of the third Hattrick World Cup. Both finalists enter the game in high team spirits, and with very strong squads - anything can surely happen!
9.11.2003 Congrats România- Next year in the US
Congrats to România for their dramatic victory in the U-20 World Cup final against Poland, who struggled bravely but eventually fell after penalties. Next season it is time for the "real" World Cup - can someone beat Sweden there as well? The World Cup is going to be played in the USA. Also, we'd like to mention that the next WC and the next U-20 WC are going to be the last played with the current WC rules. Details about the new system will be released later next season.
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 ·