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Watch Guide: 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup

Starting on Saturday, Canada will begin play in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

Here are a few things you should know as the tournament kicks off:

HOW TO WATCH

All of Canada’s matches will be broadcast live on TSN, as well as several additional tournament games.

Saturday, October 26
1 p.m. PT (pre-game at 12:30 p.m.) – Canada vs. Brazil – TSN2 
Final score: Canada 1-4 Brazil 
 
Tuesday, October 29
1 p.m. PT (pre-game at 12:45 p.m.) – Canada vs. Angola – TSN1/5
Final score: Canada 1-2 Angola 
 
Friday, November 1
4 p.m. PT (pre-game at 3:45 p.m.) – Canada vs. New Zealand – TSN2
 
For the complete TSN schedule, visit tsn.ca/live/schedule.

GROUP A

Canada are in Group A and will open the tournament against the hosts Brazil.

The home team is one of the tournament favourites. Former Brazil senior international Lucio told FIFA.com that “the expectation is huge”.

The other teams are Oceania champions New Zealand, playing in their ninth U-17 World Cup, as well as African third place side and debutants Angola.

Qualification to the Round of 16 will consist of the top two finishers in each group, as well as the best four of six third place teams.

WHO TO WATCH

Whitecaps FC fans will want to keep their eyes on the club’s six prospects from the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System playing for Canada: right back Deylen Vellios, centre backs Nathan Demian and Gianfranco Facchineri, midfielders Emiliano Brienza and Damiano Pecile, and winger Kam Habibullah.

The group have benefitted from international trips with the ‘Caps Development Squad this year. That has included a trip to South Korea where they played in front of more than 24,000 fans, and a series of matches in Mexico last month.

Another player familiar to the ‘Caps is United States goalkeeper Chituru Odunze, who was with the club since 2017 before transferring to Leicester City FC in August of this year.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

This latest generation of Canadian prospects will be looking to make history for the country. This marks the seventh qualification to the U-17 World Cup, but Canada are still looking for their first tournament win and first advancement past the group stage.

The best results for Canada have come in the past two tournament appearances, with two draws each in 2011 and 2013.

FIFA U-17 World Cup record

Year

Result

Pld

W

D

L

GF

GA

 

China 1985

Did not qualify

Canada 1987

Group stage

3

0

0

3

1

8

 

Scotland 1989

Group stage

3

0

0

3

1

9

 

Italy 1991

Did not qualify

Japan 1993

Group stage

3

0

0

3

0

18

 

Ecuador 1995

Group stage

3

0

0

3

1

7

 

Egypt 1997

Did not qualify

New Zealand 1999

Trinidad & Tobago 2001

Finland 2003

Peru 2005

South Korea 2007

Nigeria 2009

Mexico 2011

Group stage

3

0

2

1

2

5

 

United Arab Emirates 2013

Group stage

3

0

2

1

3

6

 

Chile 2015

Did not qualify

India 2017

Brazil 2019

Qualified

Total

Group stage

18

0

4

14

8

53

 
 
Nigeria is the most successful country at the FIFA U-17 World Cup with five titles (1985, 1993, 2007, 2013, 2015), followed by Brazil with three (1997, 1999, 2003).
 
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