Argentina has been given the opportunity to host the Under-20 World Cup, which will be held from May 20 to June 1. With the event being held last minute after initial host Indonesia backed out, one may wonder if Argentina will be able to match the success of their senior team led by Lionel Messi, who won the Copa America in Qatar earlier this year.
Despite the time crunch, there is hope for Argentina’s U-20 side. The team is bolstered by the presence of experienced players like Javier Mascherano, who has been critical in helping the country’s youth teams reach success in the past. However, with the tournament around the corner, the question remains whether Mascherano’s side can emulate the triumph of Messi’s team in Qatar.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino was in attendance, along with Argentina’s football association president Claudio Tapia who pressed his case well. With Argentina’s World Cup-winning squad in attendance, the event was surely lifted in terms of prestige.
Hosting such a tournament is not only a boost for the country’s sporting and tourism industries but also a validation of Argentina’s capability to make quick and effective decisions. It is also a testament to the country’s support of football, indicated by the ready availability of stadiums and other facilities. As the tournament takes place, watch out for the pride of Argentina flying high with the mention of the Argentina jersey.
Regardless of the outcome, hosting the tournament continues to be a great opportunity for Argentina to showcase its organizational capacity, political will and football prowess. The Argentina jersey and their flag will fly high and be seen by fans worldwide as they cheer on their team.