Korea Among Favorites to Host U-20 World Cup in 2017

The host of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be decided on Thursday at FIFA's executive committee meeting in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil. Korea is considered a strong candidate.

The group draw for next year's World Cup will take place the following day at the same venue.

The U-20 World Cup has the second-longest history of all events administered by FIFA since it was inaugurated in Tunisia in 1977. The biannual tournament, which adopted its current name in 2007, has produced numerous stars including Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henri.

A delegation from Korea including Korea Football Federation President Chung Mong-gyu left for Brazil on Monday to make its final case. A total of 12 countries are bidding to host the event, including Azerbaijan, England, France, Korea, Mexico, and Ukraine. However, Azerbaijan and Korea have emerged as the two strongest candidates under FIFA's continental rotation policy.

The 2009 event was hosted by Egypt, followed by Colombia in 2011, Turkey this year and New Zealand in 2015.

The host country will be determined by the votes of the 25-member executive committee. If Korea is named it will have hosted FIFA's four biggest men's events including the 2001 Confederations Cup, 2002 World Cup and 2007 U-17 World Cup.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 04, 2013 10:00 KST