Joeys draw group of death for U17 World Cup

by Mark van Aken on May 18, 2011

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Australia has drawn three-time champions Brazil, the Ivory Coast and Denmark for next year’s Under 17 World Cup in Mexico.

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Following the draw, Joeys coach Jan Versleijen’s first impression was that his team has a challenging but not impossible draw.

“If you compare the Joeys draw to the Young Socceroos draw, there is more variation in the strength of the U-17 groups compared to the U-20 groups,” said Versleijen

“Looking at our opposition, we know about the Denmark team who are historically well organised and difficult to break down.

“The Ivorians are a little bit of an unknown, but have a hybrid African/European style of play with plenty of strength and ability.

“Of course the Brazilian style of play is very well known and this will be an important match for us in the group stage.

“The advantage that we have going into the tournament is that the majority of our squad is based at the Australian Institute of Sport and the players are very familiar with each other, so it is easier to work on the details.

“Again our goal will be to progress from the group phase into the knock-out phase and then beyond,” concluded Versleijen.

The  Joeys will travel to Mexico in early June for a pre-tournament camp in Pachuca, before moving to their base camp in the city of Guadalajara, during the first phase of the tournament.

Australia plays its first match of the tournament against Côte d'Ivoire on Monday 20 June, and then face Brazil on Thursday 23 June before their final group match against Denmark on Sunday 26 June.

The Joeys will be playing Côte d'Ivoire and Brazil in Guadalajara on an artificial grass field with the final group match against Denmark on a grass field in Queretaro.

The Pachuca training camp venue will have both artificial and grass training fields to help the Qantas Joeys adjust to their tournament conditions.

The Joeys qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup having made semi-final of the AFC U-16 Youth Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan last year.

The Joeys matches and the Semi-Finals and Final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 will be broadcast live on SBS TV.

The groups for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 are as follows:
Group A (Morelia/Monterrey)

1. Mexico

2. Korea DPR

3. Congo

4. Netherlands

Group B (Monterrey/Morelia)
1. Japan
2. Jamaica
3. France
4. Argentina

Group C (Pachuca/Torreon)

1. Uruguay
2. Canada

3. Rwanda

4. England

Group D (Torreon/Pachuca)

1. USA
2. Czech Republic
3. Uzbekistan

4. New Zealand


E (Queretaro/Guadalajara)

1. Burkina Faso
2. Panama
3. Germany

4. Ecuador

Group F (Guadalajara/ Queretaro)
2. Côte d'Ivoire

3. Brazil

4. Denmark