ABU DHABI: United Arab Emirates will hope to cruise into the second round of the World Youth Championships after being drawn in the same group as three newcomers on Wednesday.
The hosts meet Slovakia, Panama and Burkina Faso in Group A of the tournament that runs from March 25 to April 16, while defending champions Argentina will face Spain, Uzbekistan and Mali in their first round group.
Mattar al-Tayer, general secretary of the UAE Football Association and director of the championship, said his team's goal would be to reach the second round.
Uzbekistan join Panama, Slovakia and Burkina Faso among the first time qualifiers.
Brazil, who have qualified for the championships 10 times, will face Canada, the Czech Republic and Australia. South Korea will find Paraguay, the US and Germany tough rivals in what could be another tight group.
Egypt, third in the 2001 championship, are in a tough group that also includes Colombia, Japan and England. Reuters
Group A: UAE, Slovakia, Panama, Burkina Faso.
Group B: Argentina, Spain, Uzbekistan, Mali.
Group C: Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Australia.
Group D: Colombia, Egypt, Japan, England.
Group E: Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Mexico, Ivory Coast.
Group F: Paraguay, United States, South Korea, Germany.