U-20 World Cup: 15 Names You Need to Know Who Could Be Playing for Your Club

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U-20 World Cup: 15 Names You Need to Know Who Could Be Playing for Your Club

An Oscar winning performance sealed Brazil's fifth FIFA U-20 World Cup, and this was without Neymar and Lucas in the squad. 

I was confused as to why FIFA scheduled the tournament right before the start of the European season. 

Scheduling it four weeks after the European season, club have no excuses in barring their youngsters a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The very same opportunity Diego Maradona, Robert Prosinečki, Roberto Carlos, Luís Figo, Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero experienced.   

What transpired was England bringing out a C team, and sending the message that their best youngsters were better off training and playing with seasoned professionals in the EPL then being flown over to Colombia.

Credit to manager Brian Eastick who with a limited squad managed to pull of a Switzerland in qualifying for the next round without scoring or conceding a goal. 

Also with smaller teams, the likes of Australia were without Brent McGrath, Mathew Leckie and Steven Lustica—not helpful for a developing nation. 

The makeup of the Spanish team once again reinforced the philosophy of La Masia with a heavy presence of Barcelona player in the first team.

There were only two Real Madrid players, which speaks volumes given manager Julen Lopetegui managed Real Madrid B a few seasons back.

Enough of my ramblings, here are 15 names you have to know because they could be playing for your club in the future.   

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