Diego Maradona, Marco van Basten, Luis Figo and Thierry Henry all have one thing in common: it was at a FIFA U-20 World Cup that they announced their arrival on the international scene.
Now, two years on from Lionel Messi adding his name to this illustrious list, the biennial tournament is moving on to Canada, and from tomorrow you will be able to secure your seat to watch the latest batch of wunderkids battle for a place in world football's consciousness at the game's most prestigious youth tournament.
Second only to the FIFA World Cup™ in terms of size and scope, the 52-game, 24-team FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 is anticipated to smash all the host country's records for a single-sport event, with over half-a-million fans expected to click through the turnstiles to watch games that will also be taken in by a staggering TV viewership of approximately 750 million worldwide.
24 teams, six cities
Canadians will also be delighted that the matches are to be spread from east to west across six cities in their vast country, with Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Burnaby, and Victoria all geared up to jointly-host a competition that will run from 30 June to 22 July 2007.
Naturally, you can rely on FIFA.com to bring you all the latest news and reports as the build-up to the tournament continues, and it is also here that you will be able to purchase tickets for this always-enjoyable tournament.
Tomorrow, on Saturday 15 July at 12:00pm EST, ticket packages for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 will go on sale and can be purchased either here on FIFA.com or by calling 1-866-662-3452 (toll-free in Canada and USA), with individual ticket sales to follow at a later date, likely after the Official FIFA draw in February.
For more information about ticketing for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and all FIFA events, please refer to the ticketing section on FIFA.com.