For the first time ever, an Under-20 Championship will be held in Hong Kong on February 23 and 25, 2001 involving four international teams – Brazil, Argentina, Japan and China.

Promising to be an exciting Championship tournament, All four teams will be fielding their best players and using this tournament as preparation for the forthcoming FIFA World Youth Championship Final to be held in Argentina in July 2001. Football fans in the region will be able to see all young talented players in what is considered be the preview of the World Youth Championship.


From South America: Argentine and Brazilian players have been so spectacularly successful abroad, that the number of young players playing at first team level is increasing, offering football fans a highly competitive performance full of brightness and energy young sportsmen always show. Both these two countries are regarded as countries, which have produced world football top stars as Dunga, Romario, Ronaldo, Maradona, Saviola, Bebeto, Dida, Ronaldinho and Taffarel.

Argentina had won three (3) FIFA World Youth Championships in 1979, 1995 & 1997 respectively. The team reflected all the qualities associated with his philosophy: solidity and competitiveness allied with class and an attacking flair.

Brazil had excellence record in past FIFA World Youth Championship: Champion in 83, 85 & 93; first runner-up in 91 and second runner-up in 89. This team combined physical attributes such as power and speed with traditionally accomplished technique and a desire to entertain.

From Asia: Japan, the first runner-up of last FIFA World Youth Championship. One of Japan’s most obvious strengths is their ability to change the pace of their game when necessary and to sustain controlled pressure that usually results in goals.

China, playing as our home-team, Hong Kong’s football fans would give their 100% supportive to them. It is the third time that China Youth Team can qualify for the FIFA World Youth Championship from 1981. China clinched the third place earlier in the Asian Youth Championship to become qualified for the FIFA World Youth Championship this year.

Tournament Schedule

23 February 18:00 – 20:00 Brazil vs Japan
(Friday) 20:15 – 22:15 Argentina vs China

25 February 15:00 – 17:00 Third/Fourth Place Play Off
(Sunday) 17:30 – 19:30 FINAL

Hong Kong Stadium

The Hong Kong Stadium is a multi-purpose venue which has been designed and equipped to host a wide variety of sporting entertainment, cultural, religious and local events. The stadium can accommodate a maximum of 46,000 spectators. It was built in 1952 and remodelled in the 80s.

Rights/ Organisers: TyC Asia Ltd.
Contact: Daniel Tamborini – General Manager
Federico Reyna
Tel: +54 11 4349-4826
Fax: +54 11 4349-4829