FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off in New Zealand

Published on : Monday, June 1, 2015

fifa-new-plymouth-meet-localsThe FIFA U-20 World Cup kicked into action at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium today  – heralding the most important football tournament ever held in New Zealand.

The opening clash – between host nation New Zealand and the Ukraine which resulted in a draw – was preceded by a colourful opening ceremony giving New Zealand football fans and the world a taste of the excitement to come during the three-week tournament (30 May – 20 June).

Auckland – New Zealand’s largest city – is known for delivering fantastic events and the football festivities were in full swing in the ‘City of Sails’ Fever Pitch hub at Queens Wharf, on the city’s thriving downtown waterfront.

Later today, six-time FIFA U-20 World Cup champions Argentina were scheduled to take on Panama in a tense clash in New Zealand’s capital city Wellington. The game took place in an electric atmosphere at Wellington’s waterfront Westpac Stadium – also known as the ‘Cake Tin’ due to its circular shape and home to the Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand’s only professional football team.

Just as Argentina’s clash was getting underway in Wellington, the USA kicked off their campaign against Myanmar in the northern city of Whangarei.

Today (30.05.2015) marks the beginning of the tournament – the second biggest in FIFA’s football calendar – as 24 of the world’s most talented U-20 football teams vie for the crown of FIFA U-20 World Cup winners.

A total of 52 games will be played out in seven host cities around New Zealand, offering Kiwi football fans the chance to see some of the rising stars on the world game on their own doorstep.

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