Argentina to play Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru in U20 Sudamericano

Argentina U20 team
The groups for the U20 Sudamericano.

The draw has been made for the U20 Sudamericano (South American Youth Cup) and Argentina’s opponents in the group stage have been known.

Argentina have been drawn in Group B alongside Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador and Peru. Group A will consist of Chile (the hosts), Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela. The tournament will take place between January 17 and February 10 of next year.

Teams finishing in the top four will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup which will take place in Poland. The top three teams will also qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games.

Qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics will take place in the Pre-Olympic tournament to be held in 2020 to determine who will make it to the summer games.

Argentina will play their opening match on January 20 against Paraguay. The second match will come on January 22 against Ecuador. Two days after that on January 26 they will play against Uruguay before finishing the group on January 26 against Peru.


  1. Isn’t Scaloni the coach we all dreamed off? He calls the inform players. The freaking inform players in their respective clubs. Which is logically the perfect thing. He called Gazzaniga. Wow.

    Let’s find a dependable Goal Keeper for us. Romero, Armani, Andrada, Gazzaniga, Rulli Bring on the competition.Let’s up the Goal keeping department. He know it’s the weak point of us finally someone who acknowledges that. Damnnn

    On Player selection Scaloni is 10 out of 10.

    • At least, after a decade, a coach shrugged of stubbornness and calling the in form players to check out whether they suit or not. For the last few years i never seen an Argentina NT coach giving opportunities to young guys. Kudos to scaloni. Hope for the best outcome.

    • I aint that excited and the difference is down to preferences. Right now, i see many prioritizing calls ups over tactical aptitude. The NT can have all the right inform players but the results will be poor if a coach isn’t able to solidify an identity. So far, scaloni has not performed to a level that gives me confidence. We were pretty bad against the only strong teams. 30% – 40% possession, tons of missed passes, tons of backwards passing, very little service to our strikers. our midfield looked lost Lo Celso, Dybala, Icardi are all suffering as a result. The defense looks great but a he should be able to focus on the entire team at once.

      i do love the call ups but i’m more concerned with tactics. Unless its Messi or Aguero, any call ups might have marginal returns. Time to see what Scaloni can do offensively.

  2. Superclassico final put Argentina
    football On the map again
    In Europe they ‘re keeping
    Talking about that game
    I hope they play entertaining
    Football not fighting and kicking
    Each other i hope palacios montiel
    Pity and povon all have great game

        • Yeah, of course. When you have people believe that Lo celso did not play because he passed the ball between Messi’s legs, You might have people believe that he did not play because his left nut was swollen and got bigger than his right, which got in the way of him running at full speed. I read that on some blog on the net, it must be true, hey it’s there on the net, can’t you see that?

          • Well star players have power and coach is not the only one who decide , even several former Man United players claimed that Roy Keane took the final decisions on the team.

          • @canadienroyal
            WE are talking about a club and a national team, 2 different atmospheres.
            The seniors of the NT had given it all, just for some fans to discredit and paint a bad image of the players, and many just get behind the wagon.
            you said, many players ‘claimed’, claiming is not a given fact. any one can ‘claim’ but is it a reliable source?
            Our issue is not MU here, but the actual meaning of ‘claimed’ I don’t care if it happened or not at MU.
            But for the NT I will not just keep quite when someone hurt the morals of the players. give me one ‘Reliable Source’ that proves your ‘claims’ of the stars running the show.
            Again, rational,logical thinking, proves otherwise.
            Until someone who is credible and from the inner circle of the NT, -and not such tabloid or non reliable media pundit- comes out and say it loud and clear, I will stand by my players, regardless of the names.
            ALL past players and coaches, said the opposite, but some still are full of hate towards certain players. I tell those guys just to STOP SPREADING WHAT YOU HEAR OR READ and think wisely before judging. PLEASE don’t hurt the moral of the NT ANYMORE.

          • @canadienroyal

            How many matches Lo Celso played for the NT?
            7 matches, right?
            how consistent was he for the NT- I don’t care how plays for his club- If that is your criteria, then all the seniors have to stay in the NT because they all play very good for their clubs.
            WE all know that Lo celso have not been consistent in his form. So maybe, just maybe, Sampaoli did not give him time to play brcause of that, did you ever think of that possibility?
            Same goes for Dybala, WE were all asking why Sampaoli did not let Dybala play? now people should know why, how consistent and effective Dybala was for the NT in the last matches?
            The truth is right their, in front of people, but they choose not to see it.

  3. Would be best if the team for Sudamericano was the same as the winning team from COTIF. Team cohesivness over stars participance.

    Pourtau, Mura, Balerdi, Avila, Pereyra, Ayala, Almendra, Moreno, Gaich/Colidio, Barreal, Maroni – were the starters.

    Problem is that after the winning tournament Balerdi, Pereyra, Almendra, Gaich, Barreal and Maroni changed status from reserve team players (who are easily accesible for NT) into players that are getting regularly some minutes in Superliga. So now they will not so easily accesible.

    We have also other interesting options: Almada (17 yo), De La Vega (17yo), Matias Palacios (16 yo), Maxi Lovera, Matias Pellegrini, Benjamin Garre, Alexander Diaz, Francisco Ortega, Alan Marinelli, Ivan Erquiaga, Tomas Chancalay, Cristian Ferreira, Agustin Obando, Aaron Molinas, Leonel Rivas, Julian Carranza…

    But still I think the players from COTIF should have priority.

    • Man from where do you keep info about all these young players ? Your research is quite appreciable ,we in India don’t have much acccess to argentine football news because of language barrier ,so I want to thank you for giving us info through mundo
      Bdw I have been a supporter of Argentina since 2006 and it is very much disheartening that we haven’t achieved a single trophy for such a long period (last was 91 I guess correct me if I am wrong ) ,I hope that we can win copa this time which looks difficult because of less preparation and past poor management of afa and what we lack now is quality creative midfielder like riquelme and attack minded lb and rb who can defend along with fast influential wingers

  4. Off topic :- I love Uruguay management ….they are playing Brazil and France in the national break…..good opponents to test their young talents like valverde, torreira, bentancur etc…..
    I m not saying that argentina is not playing against quality opponent….but my point is playing against top 5 European countries the young players have the best chance to make a name for themselves and to get a big money move in top 5 euro leagues…’s good for both AFA and Argentine players.

    • Interesting, yes they have decent players but highly concentrated in the midfield. And all defensive midfielders or box to box. In attack, I don’t see anyone who can be closed to Suarez and Cavani(which is very hard I know). In defense neither but we all know Uruguay is a small country. Its already exceptional for what they have achieved during the past 10 years.

      I like the new Argentina generation, very balanced: Foyth, Mammana, Palacios, Lo Celso, Ascacibar, Lautaro, Cervi, Simeone.