Brazil are Champions of the Under 20 World Cup 2011

Brazil are Champions of the Under 20 World Cup 2011

Brazil beat Portugal in extra time to win the Under 20 World Cup 2011 In a very even match (and certainly not a night for the goalkeepers), Brazil overcame Portugal with a winning strike in the second half of extra time. Oscar was the hero of the night scoring all three goals for Brazil. Both teams managed to come back [...]

Under 20 World Cup; Colombia and Spain out!

Semi-final showdown tonight live on Eurosport! At 17.00 and 20.00 local Colombian time (+7 CET), the final two will be decided for what has been a most enthralling and competitive Under 20 World Cup. Mexico quite convincingly eliminated Colombia, overcoming the difficulty of altitude as I suggested. I have already given a magnificent report on the Mexican team having watched [...]

Under 20 World Cup, update

Under 20 World Cup, update

Brazil will meet Spain in the Under 20 World Cup quarter finals. The quarter final draw of the Under 20 World Cup 2011 is now decided, with very even matches in all the forthcoming games. The amazing thing is that they all seem perfect matches with contrasting styles of football that means the winner could be any one of the [...]

Under 20 World Cup Tournament

Under 20 World Cup Tournament

The group stages of the Under 20 World Cup are now well established and, in some cases, the teams that will go through to the next stage of the Under 20 World Cup are well defined. The favourites are in good positions with Brazil beating Panama comfortably and convincingly and Argentina sweeping past Korea. In the same group, England managed [...]

FIFA under 20 World Cup, Colombia

FIFA under 20 World Cup, Colombia

The ball starts rolling… Colombia has World Cup fever and although this just an under 20 World Cup tournament, the Colombians are turning out in high numbers and filling the stadiums and making it a real fiesta! The first day of this FIFA under 20 World Cup in Colombia took me to Medellin to see a very competitive Mexico vs [...]

Life in Cali – ready for the Under 20 World Cup

Life in Cali – ready for the Under 20 World Cup

I am now settled comfortably in Cali, a place where I always enjoy myself, ready for the under-20 World Cup.   Cali is situated inland within Colombia at approximately 1,000m and has a tropical climate, so the length of the day doesn’t vary nor the temperature – just the amount of rain you get. So far, I’ve been lucky, I have had a [...]

Summer without the beautiful game?

For many in Europe, the season is over and football takes a break until the Premiership or La Liga gets underway again in August. However, for those of you whose tastes go a little further – there is plenty going on around the world. In Toulon, the Scout 7 tournament is drawing to an end with Colombia vs Mexico and [...]

CONCACAF under-20 tournament in Guatemala, your chance to go!

CONCACAF under-20 tournament in Guatemala, your chance to go!

The CONCACAF under-20 tournament in Guatemala is a great chance to see future football stars – and to be part of a professional scouting group! From 28th March to 3rd April, I am accompanying a group of club scouts to the under-20 qualifications for the World Cup.  The under-20 World Cup will be in Colombia in August – for which [...]