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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013: Group A

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013: Group A

Brazil

The Brazilian team have been champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup three times: in 1997, 1999, and 2003. In 2005, they were declared runners-up and in 2011, they landed in fourth place. Selecao are perhaps the most experienced pack of players in Group A, capped by two of its men bagging the competition’s Adidas Golden Ball: attacking midfielders William and Anderson at China 1995 and Peru 2005, correspondingly. The side’s backline is highly reliable, able to sustain the demands of an excited crowd. Full of talents, the Brazilian team have  a great future ahead.

 

(Featured Image: Brazil | courtesy of fifa.com)

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Slovakia

Technically, Slovakia (former part of Czechoslovakia) have never been able to attend in any FIFA U-17 World Cup. The country only gained independence in 1993 and their participation in this year’s edition is their best shot to finish their campaign right. Their seeding to the UAE World Cup was due primarily to their impressive top-of-the-table finish in their section during the European U-17 Championship. Highly equipped, possessing a surprise factor, and mentally strong, the Slovakian players are seen to enjoy a smooth run in their maiden entry to the world event.

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Honduras

Unlike their senior counterparts, the Honduras U-17 team lack the power to unveil massive wins in the World Cup. This appears obvious to their late entrance to the tournament (only in 2007) and virtually zero points scored in all of the matches they battled out in the competition. However, this does not mean that the squad are short of strong physical attributes or other factors related to stamina. They just need to improve in their creative department and should make extensive but intelligent use of their most talented players.

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UAE

The United Arab Emirates have already qualified for the U-17 World Cup twice: in 1991 and 2009. Their first berth in the tournament only allowed them to finish in the first round, but in their most recent entry, the side emerged in the second round before they were eliminated by Turkey. Cloaked by the debris of their senior players, and aided by a rigorous set of friendlies and other practice matches backed by major sports commissions, UAE are in the right track to exude the level of performance necessary to get past the early rounds, or even the finals.

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