FIFA U-20 World Cup Final Showcases Young Talent of Uruguay and France
After a grueling semi-final match between Iraq and Uruguay that required penalty kicks to determine a winner, it is now official: Either France or Uruguay will become U-20 FIFA World Cup Champions on Saturday. The two squads have proven to be the strongest throughout the tournament, with a host of young, talented players that are already being scooped up by the major European soccer clubs. For youngsters on these teams still available in the 2013 Transfer Market, this match will not only provide an opportunity for international glory, but also could catch the eye of a major club.
France is clearly well stocked with talent at this FIFA U-20 World Cup. One player of interest is French striker Yaya Sanogo. The brilliant youngster has scored 4 goals in the tournament so far. He plays a menacing figure up top, with great size and power. Although injuries have prevented him from becoming a star already, he was scooped up by Arsenal recently and could figure for the side that is short of options at striker. Drawing comparisons to Emmanuel Adebayor, Sanogo could be a huge talent.
Another star French player is Florian Thauvin, whose two goals in the semi-final match against Ghana put France into the final match. With his value clearly rising in this tournament, it seems that Lille will have found themselves a new playmaker. He has yet to feature for the club that bought him in January (he was loaned to his former team, Bastia), but will surely star in the upcoming campaign.
For Uruguay, a player that has renowned talent and intrigue is Diego Laxalt, a speedy midfielder who has signed for Inter Milan. Although he has yet to make an impact at the U-20 FIFA World Cup, he could be the type of player to snatch the title with a brilliant run.
A player for Uruguay who has played strongly this tournament is striker Nicolas Lopez. Already a member of the Italian team Roma, Lopez looks to be the next great Uruguayan striker following in the footsteps of Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez, and Edinson Cavani. He scored a late equalizer in the first game of the season last year, but has since found limited opportunities with Roma. Perhaps a strong year is ahead for the young striker who has 4 goals at this tournament.
One Uruguayan player that could earn a transfer to Europe is Giorgian De Arrascaeta. The 19-year-old plays for Defensor Sporting in Uruguay but has shown great playmaking capabilities and has scored twice at the U-20 World Cup. His name is likely to be circling the Transfer Rumor mill in the coming month.
What makes watching youth international soccer tournaments so fun is that games are very unpredictable. With inexperienced players prone to mental errors, but who harbor the talent necessary for moments of genius, these games are a feast for the eyes. Be sure to tune in for the U-20 World Cup Final on Saturday and perhaps you will be introduced to one of the soccer stars of the future!