World’s governing body FIFA has confirmed the selection has selected German Deniz Aytekin as referee for the Golden Eaglets title defence of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a match against USA in Santiago on Saturday.
Aytekin will be assisted by his compatriots Guido Kleve who is the assistants’ referee 1 and Markus Haecker assistant referee 2, while Martin Strombergsson from Sweden will be fourth official.
The defending champions who arrived the Chilean capital on Tuesday after spending ten days at a final training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina can expect a stiff challenge from 2005 and 2011 champions Mexico, three-time winners Brazil, who last won the competition in 2003, and reigning European champions France, who tasted success in 2001 and will no doubt be anxious to repeat the experience.
The remaining 20 pretenders are all thinking big too, and have designs on emulating the surprise successes achieved by Saudi Arabia in 1989 and Switzerland in 2009.
Germany’s youngsters will look to follow up their elders’ glorious run at Brazil 2014 and maintain the country’s recent dominance of the global scene, while Argentina’s teenage hopefuls will be aiming to add a first world U-17 title to the nation’s collection of two World Cups and six U-20 World Cups.
Indeed, there are so many teams in with a chance at Chile 2015 that another unexpected win cannot be ruled out, particularly from one of the teams with previous experience of the competition.
With 52 matches taking place over the next three weeks, there will be much to keep the fans entertained as the battle to become the next U-17 world champions unfolds.
The match kicks off 9pm Nigeria time.