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FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Guatemala and St. Kitts step out

FIFA.com - Head coach Antonio Garcia's Guatemala were named champions of the first Central American under-20 qualifying 'triangular' following an emphatic 6-1 win over neighbours and closest chasers El Salvador at the weekend.

After going a goal down, hosts Guatemala had to rally to turn the tables on El Salvador and they did so in spectacular fashion. Three goals from Marco Tulio Ciani combined with tallies from Minor Lopez, Jean Howell and substitute Cesar Gonon to see the favourites run out easy winners despite the early scare.

Things were complicated for El Salvador with the dismissal of two players, affecting their ability to stand up to a formidable attack from the home side.

Hat-trick hero Tulio Ciani was predictably pleased after the match. "We had to fight to get through but we always believed in ourselves and our football…and in the end we achieved our goal."

In their first match five days earlier, the Guatemalans had a similarly easy time of it as they thrashed Belize 5-0 at the same Estadio Mateo Florez in Guatemala City. And the fact that the five goals were spread throughout the team spoke volumes about the hosts' overall panache.

Minor Lopez, Marco Papa Ponce, Edgar Chinchilla, David Aroche and Jean Howell all scored in the shutout as the Central American powers set the stage for ultimate victory.

On the other side, El Salvador also took Belize to task with a 5-1 mauling on the strength of a two-goal performance from Jose Iglesias to reach the final.

The win means that Guatemala now book a spot in the final round of qualifying for Canada 2007, scheduled for next year in Panama and Mexico.

All about the Benjamin for St. Kitts

Meanwhile, in the Caribbean, tiny St. Kitts & Nevis came out on top at the Stade Alberic Richards in Cedex to book their place in the second and final round of island qualifying.

A 2-0 win over Antigua & Barbuda saw the side finish with a perfect nine points from three matches after wins over Dominica (2-0) and an opening-day hiding of St. Martin (9-1) in which Kervin Benjamin scored no less than four goals in a stunning display.

St. Kitts now join previous pre-qualifying winners Bermuda and the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and two other first round group victors (still to be determined) in the Caribbean final round of qualifying. Three of the final eight Caribbean participants will progress to the CONCACAF final round next January.

Mexico and Panama will each host a four-team CONCACAF final round group next year, with the top two squads qualifying to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007.

Next weekend, the second Central American 'Triangular' will take place in Honduras, with the hosts joining Costa Rica and Nicaragua for a spot in in Panama and Mexico.

In the Caribbean, the next pre-qualifying group will take place in Surinam from 6 to 10 August and pit Aruba, Guyana, the Netherlands Antilles against the hosts.

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Costa Rica earns berth into CONCACAF U-20 Final Round

13.8.06 - Costa Rica earned a berth into the 2007 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round Qualification after taking the top spot in the Central American Triangular 2 with a 2:2 draw against the host Honduras at the Municipal Carlos Miranda Stadium in Comayagua on Sunday.

Juan Carlos García and Jorge Reyes scored for Honduras (1-0-1, 4 Points), but Costa Rica (1-0-1, 4 Points) answered with goals from while Jonathan McDonald and Jean Carlos Solarzano.

The ticos finished ahead of the catrachos on goal difference (+6 to +1) after both teams ended group play level on points.

Costa Rica qualifies along side Guatemala, USA and three Caribbean teams into the CONCACAF Final Round next year.

Mexico and Panama will each host a four-team CONCACAF Final Round Group next year, with the top two squads qualifying to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007. COMPLETE STORY



Triangular 2

Comayagua, HONDURAS; Municipal Carlos Miranda Stadium

13.08.2006: HONDURAS – COSTA RICA 2:2 (2:2)

Juan Carlos GARCIA 12’; Jorge REYES 30’ – Jean Carlos SOLARZANO 6’; Jonathan MCDONALD 25’

HON: Eduardo Sánchez – Milton Palacios, David Molina, Máynor Martínez, Juan Carlos García, Irvin Reyna, Jorge Reyes (65: Francisco Mejía), Henry Martínez (46: Vicente Solórzano), Fredy Rodríguez, José Carlos Rivera (77: Damián Mejía), Darwin García.


CRC: Alfonso Quesada – Dave Myrie, Rudy Dawson, Bryan Jiménez, Leslie Ramos; Esteban Rodríguez, José Miguel Cubero (89: Emmanuel Esquivel), Luis Pérez (79: Jorge Galgens), Celso Borges, Jean Carlos Solórzano (46: César Elizondo), Jonathan McDonald.

TD: Geovanni ALFARO

R: Carlos BATRES (GUA)

Photo from La Prensa (HON)

For more information on the 2007 CONCACAF Under-20 Qualification: CLICK HERE

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FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

High times for Ticos and Antilles

FIFA.com - Costa Rica took the laurels against the odds on Sunday, eliminating hosts Honduras in heart-breaking fashion to book top spot in CONCACAF's second Central American qualifying 'triangular'.

The host Hondurans - who qualified from North, Central America and the Caribbean for the last FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland in 2005 - opened their account on 9 August with a smashing 4-3 victory over impressive Nicaragua in Comayagua. Darwin Garcia bagged a pair of goals on the day while Jorge Reyes and Jose Carlos Rivera each added a tally of their own in a tough, but fruitful, contest for the homeboys.

Two days later, the Costa Ricans fired a sizable warning shot to their gracious hosts with a 7-1 hiding of the same Nicaraguans Honduras struggled so mightily with 48 hours earlier. César Elizondo and Jean Carlos Solórzano each scored twice, Celso Borges, Juan Cespedes and Esteban Rodriguez all added another for the Costa Ricans.

The two results set up a mouth-watering final contest between Costa Rica and Honduras at a packed-out Municipal Carlos Miranda Stadium on 13 August.

In the tense affair, it was the visiting Ticos that broke the hearts of the home side and their fans. Jean Carlos Solarzano opened the scoring for the visitors after only six minutes, but Juan Carlos Garcia brought it level in the 12th minute. Jonathan McDonald then swooped to put the Costa Ricans ahead once more in the 25th minute, but Jorge Reyes equalised for the hosts on the half-hour mark.

In the end, though, it proved too little for the Hondurans as Costa Rica's goal fest against Nicaragua saw them through by virtue of a superior goal difference.

Costa Rica now join last week's winners Guatemala as the two Central American nations to participate in the final round of qualifying in January of 2007.

All-action Antilles

Elsewhere, in island action, outsiders the Netherlands Antilles took one step closer to qualifying for their first FIFA finals by finishing tops in Group E of Caribbean pre-qualifying. Wins over Guyana, Aruba and hosts Surinam now see the Antillean side into the second and final round of Caribbean qualifying - where three spots will be up for next year's final qualifying rounds in Panama and Mexico.

In their first game on 6 August, the Antilles struggled mightily and eventually lost out 1-2 to Guyana in a hard-fought match which, in truth, could have gone either way.

Their second affair of the four-team tournament came two days later, and the Antilles made easy meat of Aruba 2-0 thanks to a pair of goals from Sherwin Felesie and Wilmar Jantji. The third and final game against hosts Surinam - who beat Guyana 4-2 in their opening match - proved a tougher contest but one they handled with consummate efficiency.

Striker Janti - whose tally for the competition swelled to three goals in as many matches - was again on the board. This time he was joined by Erikson Rosini on the scoresheet in a nervy 2-1 win over the hosts in Paramaribo as the Antilleans booked first-place in the group.

They now join Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago and one more first round group victor (yet to be determined) in the Caribbean Second Round Qualification with three of these eight teams progressing to the CONCACAF Final Round.

The region's final qualifying round will include eight teams playing in two groups of four in Mexico and Panama in January of 2007.

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quote:Originally posted by TOareaFan

In the qualifying stages, Scotland's home crowds ranged from a low of 1,499 to a high of around 5,900.....I am not sure how this compares to other European countries (Italy was in Scotland's group and the match they played in Italy drew 4,300).

I think most European youth/u-20 teams would draw bigger crowds here than they would "at home" where their matches compete with senior professional matches.

I don't think Scotland would be any different!

Your talking about U-21 Attendance, not the U19.

U19 is far more of a concern for this tournament.

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