With just a couple of days to go until the latest FIFA U-20 World Cup, FIFA.comtakes a statistical look at New Zealand 2015 and the tournament's history.
U-20 World Cup graduates have gone on to compete in the senior FIFA World Cup™, while 32 have lifted the most coveted Trophy in the beautiful game.
of the 504 players at New Zealand 2015 play their football in foreign leagues. USA's squad, with 13, has the most players overseas, followed by Mali with ten. By contrast, every one of the players representing Myanmar, Ukraine and Uzbekistan ply their trade with domestic clubs.
different countries have been represented at the U-20 World Cup during the 20 editions since 1977. That number is to swell yet further at New Zealand 2015 with the addition of debutants Fiji and Myanmar.
wins and 216 goals are the tournament record tallies held by Brazil ahead of New Zealand 2015. Famed for their dazzling attacking play, the South Americans also boast the best defensive record in the history of the U-20 World Cup with 51 clean sheets.
centimetres tall and 5.1 kilograms in weight, the current U-20 World Cup trophy was redesigned in 2011, with France the first and thus far only team to hold aloft this version.
seconds is all it took Nigeria's Monday Odiaka to score the fastest goal in U-20 World Cup history against Canada in 1985. His compatriot, John Owoeri, netted the second-quickest, four seconds shy of the record.
goals were scored in the highest-scoring match in U-20 World Cup history: Brazil's 10-3 win over Korea Republic at Malaysia 1997. Future Seleção internationals Fernandao and Ze Elias posted braces apiece in the contest, while Adailton was on target six times in an incredible 39-minute spell. Kosta Salapasidis of Australia and Spain's Fernando Llorente, who managed four goals in respective meetings with Argentina in 1997 and Chile in 2005, remain the only other players to have netted more than three times in one game. Remarkably, Brazil repeated the ten-goal feat at the same edition, registering a 10-0 thrashing of Belgium - the tournament's biggest-ever win - just three days later.
goals at the 2001 edition not only earned Javier Saviola the adidas Golden Shoe, but set a tournament record that still stands. The former Argentina striker's predatory skills helped *La Albiceleste *clinch the 2001 crown with a tournament record haul of 27 goals, and he remains the U-20 World Cup's all-time leading scorer.
different U-20 World Cups - a tournament record - were overseen by Les Scheinflug as coach of Australia. Other U-20 coaching veterans include the esteemed Jose Pekerman, who won three of the four U-20 World Cups in which he led Argentina, Berti Vogts, Carlos Queiroz, Raymond Domenech and Ange Postecoglou. Ghana's Sellas Tetteh is back for his fourth FIFA tournament and will be looking to maintain his record of having reached at least the semi-finals in each of his three so far.
players arrive at New Zealand 2015 having already played at a U-20 World Cup. All seven took part at Turkey 2013: the Mali trio of Ichaka Diarra, Souleymane Sissoko and Hamidou Traore, Ghana's Clifford Aboagye, New Zealand captain Bill Tuiloma, Nigeria's Onyinye Ndidi and Zhabikillo Urinboev of Uzbekistan. A total of 77 players at this tournament have experience of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, with New Zealand alone boasting 12 veterans of that particular tournament.
U-20 World Cup titles (1979, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2007) have established Argentina as the tournament's most successful team. Brazil follow on five, with two-time winners Portugal are the only other country to have lifted the trophy more than once. The Argentinians also arrive at New Zealand 2015 protecting an 18-match unbeaten run at the competition, with a decade having now passed their last defeat in this competition.
consecutive U-20 World Cups have now kicked off without the tournament's reigning champions. France, winners in 2013, failed to qualify to defend their title in New Zealand, following in the footsteps of Brazil in 2013, Ghana in 2011 and Argentina in 2009.