Back of the net! Poland to host U-20s World Cup

Hooray! Poland wins draw to host U-20s World Cup and Grzywek, a Polish bison (pictured), will be it’s official mascot. FIFA Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Le Floc’h, said: “Grzywek represents determination but also fun and enjoyment, all the core values of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.” Adam Warżawa/PAP

Poland is set to host its first FIFA World Cup tournament - for under 20s.

Kicking off on May 23rd, the 52-match tournament will see 24 teams from across the globe fly in for four weeks of top class action.

As well as the usual line up of footballing heavyweights such as France, Italy, and, record six-time champions, Argentina, there will also be some surprising names such as Mali, Qatar, Panama and Poland’s group mate Tahiti.

After the draw was made, president of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek (pictured centre), said: “This shows the great trust that was shown to us by the biggest football organization in the world.Adam Warżawa/PAP

Poland’s group is rounded out by Senegal and Colombia, both teams the senior side faced in last year’s World Cup in Russia.

The fifth European country to organise the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Poland was chosen after beating off competition with its 3,300-page-long application weighing 17kg.

President of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek, said: “This shows the great trust that was shown to us by the biggest football organization in the world.

Looking to do his country proud is 19-year-old goalie Marcin Bułka who signed to Chelsea in 2016. Bartłomiej Zborowski/PAP

“We are a reliable and proven partner for the entire football community around the world.

“After organising the final tournament of the 2012 UEFA European Championship, the final tournament of the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final, the time has come for another test, which we, as a federation and as a country, will not fail.

As well as the usual line up of footballing heavyweights such as France, Italy, and, record six-time champions, Argentina, there will also be some surprising names such as Mali, Qatar, Panama and Poland’s group mate Tahiti.Adam Warżawa/PAP

“This is even more true given that this final tournament will take place in the year of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Polish Football Association.”

The tournament will take place in the cities of Bielsko-Biala, Bydgoszcz, Gdynia, Łódź, Lublin and Tychy, with Łódź’s 18,008 capacity Stadion Widzewa hosting both the opening game and the tournament final on June 14th.