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The representatives of the 16 qualifiers for the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup Chile 2008 followed the eagerly awaited Official Draw ceremony at the weekend.
Mo Marley's England side, who qualified for the tournament by virtue of finishing as runners-up in the UEFA Under-19 Championships last year, will face opponents from three different continents in their group match as they have been drawn in with tournament hosts Chile, New Zealand and Nigeria.
The first reactions came just as soon as the fate of the qualifying nations had been decided. Chile coach Marta Tejedor spoke after being drawn against New Zealand, Nigeria and Mo Marley's England in Group A.
"We're happy," said Tejedor. "At last we know who our rivals are. England and New Zealand are two teams we know well because we've played them before. We need to use the information we have on them and make sure we prepare properly. It's an interesting and exciting group and I'm hoping we can finish as high as possible."
"We've beaten England and we'll be looking at the videos of the two teams we've played before," commented Chile captain Daniela Pardo. "We need to be strong and that's something that's entirely up to us. I can't say if we're going to win but I can assure you we've been working very hard."
A look at the history books suggests La Rojita could be in for a good run. In the last two FIFA tournaments staged in Chile, the host nation went all the way to the semi-finals on both occasions, finishing third at the 1962 FIFA World Cupô and fourth at the 1987 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
Mo Marley, Tejedor's English opposite number, believes the Chileans will prove tough opponents on home soil. "We've all got high expectations of reaching the knockout phase, and perhaps the hardest thing for us will be starting off against Chile, who will have their fans right behind them," she said. "It will be an exciting experience and we're hoping to make the most of it and play our very best football."
England will therefore kick off their matches with a mouthwatering clash against Chile in Coquimbo on 19 November, before coming face to face with Nigeria at the same venue three days later. They will conclude their group games on 26 November at La Florida (Santiago) when they take on New Zealand.
The top two teams in each group will progress to the quarter finals and the Final will be played at La Florida (Santiago) on Sunday 7 December.
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