World Cup back to inspire juniors

17:00, Aug 22 2014

Popular demand has seen the Fifa U-20 World Cup return to Taranaki as the excitement builds before next year's competition.

With football popularity at an all-time high after the men's Fifa World Cup in Brazil this year, a return visit was requested so it can be on show at the Central Football Taranaki Junior Football Tournament this weekend, New Plymouth council venue general manager Adrienne Kensington said.

About 1200 young fans and supporters will no doubt be hustling to get their photograph taken with the famous cup, which has over the years been won by superstars like Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi in their youth.

The U-20 World Cup competition will be held in New Zealand next year and New Plymouth has been named as a host city.

Six matches will be played at Stadium Taranaki. The cup is also doing the rounds of schools. Yesterday morning it was Francis Douglas Memorial College's turn when it was shown off to the school at assembly to an impressed audience.

■ More details of the 2015 U-20 tournament in June next year can be seen at fifa.com/nz2015./

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