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U-20 World Cup hosting: Argentina confirmed as Indonesia’s replacement



Argentine Football Association president Claudio Tapia (left) and Economy Minister Sergio Massa after signing the permits to host the U-20 World Cup in Buenos Aires. AFP

Argentina will host the under-20 soccer World Cup, world governing body FIFA said on Monday following the decision to strip Indonesia of the right to stage the tournament.

FIFA announced the decision to remove Indonesia as host on March 29 after the country’s FA cancelled the draw to be held in Bali as its governor refused to host Israel’s team.

The Argentine FA formally submitted its bid to host the May 20-June 11 tournament one day later at the South American Football Confederation Congress.

“I would like to thank the AFA, its President Claudio Tapia, as well as the governmental authorities, for their commitment to hosting this magnificent event at such short notice,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.

“Having this year’s edition taking place in a country that lives and breathes football will be a tremendous inspiration for the stars of tomorrow.”


FIFA added that the official draw for the tournament will take place on Friday in Zurich.

Argentina hosted the under-20 World Cup in 2001 when they won the fourth of their record six titles.

They are also seeking to jointly host the World Cup finals in 2030 with Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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