AUCKLAND — Mexico has been drawn with 2013 runner-up Uruguay, Serbia and an African qualifier in what may in a tough Group D for this year's Under-20 Football World Cup in New Zealand.
Brazil will face the African champion, North Korea and Hungary in Group E after the draw in Auckland on Tuesday which saw the United States pooled in Group A against host New Zealand, Ukraine and first-time qualifier Myanmar.
Germany faces Uzbekistan, Honduras and another first-timer, Fiji, in Group F, while Argentina, Panama, Australia and the third-placed African qualifier are in Group B. Group C is made up of Qatar, Colombia, Portugal and the fourth-place African side
New Zealand and Ukraine will meet in the opening match of the tournament which is held from May 30 to June 20.
The African Under-20 Championships, which will decide four World Cup spots, will take place in Senegal from Mar. 8 to 22.
France, the 2013 champion, did not qualify for this year's tournament.
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FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb said the Under-20 world tournament is famous for its ability to create new stars.
"Several of the players who have starred in previous FIFA Under-20 World Cups played at last year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, such as James Rodriguez and Paul Pogba," said Webb, who is also chairman of the tournament's organizing committee.
Group A (Auckland): New Zealand, Ukraine, United States, Myanmar.
Group B (Wellington): Argentina, Panama, CAF 3, Australia.
Group C (Hamilton): Qatar, Colombia, Portugal, CAF 4.
Group D (Dunedin): Mexico, CAF 2, Uruguay, Serbia.
Group E (New Plymouth): CAF Champion, Brazil, North Korea, Hungary.
Group F (Christchurch): Germany, Fiji, Uzbekistan, Honduras.
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