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India loses bid to host 2019 U-20 FIFA World Cup, Poland to host event

Both India and Poland fulfilled the most important criteria - of having ready stadia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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India's bid to host the next U-20 ended in disappointment as world governing body accorded the status to

The European nation will host the next edition of the tournament in 2019. This was decided at the council meeting in Bogota,

Amid much fanfare, had submitted its bid for hosting the mega event after successfully organising the U-17 last October.

The success of the U-17 event emboldened the Federation (AIFF) to submit a bid for hosting another FIFA tournament in two year's time.

Both and fulfilled the most important criteria - of having ready stadia.

With the tournament scheduled to be held around May to June, emerged as the preferred choice as it will be difficult for the players to play in the scorching Indian summer. It is believed that is what prompted FIFA to opt for Poland.

The U-20 has featured players such and - who would go on to becomes legends of the game.

While the legendary Maradona played in the 1979 edition in Japan, Messi featured in the 2005 tournament in the

The last edition of the tournament was held in last year.

have won the tournament most number of times (six), followed by their South American rivals Brazil, who triumphed on five occasions.

First Published: Sat, March 17 2018. 18:59 IST