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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013: Group E

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013: Group E

Canada

Canada have obtained berth in the FIFA U-17 World Cup a few times, with their most recent (other than in this year’s edition) in 2011. The country’s junior division football produced remarkable performances in the UAE 2013 CONCACAF zone qualifiers in Panama City. Their massive wins over Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 and Jamaica 4-2 helped them secure a ticket to the finals. However, the side are relatively less impressive when compared to other national teams outside their region. A promising stint in the finals is not yet an absolute possibility but agile players like Andrew Gordon may do them some picturesque innings.

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Austria

In 1997, Austria made their debut in the U-17 finals, but were stricken by a montage of defeats which hindered them from advancing past the group stage. The debris in such defeats somewhat put the side to a curse, after they failed to qualified in the subsequent editions of the World Cup. This year, though, the lads successfully earned a spot in the finals. Engaging in hard-fought battles, Austria booked their place to UAE 2013 after finishing third in the standings on four points. The side’s performances at the European championship should cause optimism, amid perceptions that they will likely act as a dark horse in the competition.

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Iran

Obtaining World Cup seeding twice before the upcoming UAE event, Iran are not innocent to the FIFA finals. Their first appearance in the tournament (in 2001 Trinidad and Tobago) might have caused them severe losses but in their second outing (in 2009 Nigeria), the side successfully thrashed some of their group-mates and secured a place in the Round of 16 before being eliminated by Uruguay. This year, the Iranians are stronger than ever and are very excited to showcase their new-found aptitudes. Coach Ali Doustimehr has plans of forming his squad from a mix of established players and new, but equally talented recruits.

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Argentina

Of this group, Argentina are the most experienced lads to grace the World Cup finals. The football betting favorites have already appeared in a dozen editions, and although they are yet to win the entire thing, they have already reached the semi-finals four times. One of South America’s most prolific junior players, Argentina secured their seeding to the finals this year after winning over Peru and Paraguay. The side’s accomplishment in the continental tournament will likely be carried over in their visit to the UAE this month.

 

(Featured Image: Argentina | Courtesy of fifa.com)

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