The most succesful nation in U20 World Cup History looking to add to that.
FIFA U20 World Cup
29 July - 20 August 2011
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Samuel Philip Steinbock
Boasting no fewer than six titles, Argentina are the most successful nation in FIFA U-20 World Cup history. In their most successful period, they claimed four titles in ten years. During that period, the likes of Juan Riquelme, Pablo Aimar, Javier Saviola, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero were unleashed onto the global stage. So the question will remain amongst followers of the tournament which stars will be next to show their talent and potential in Colombia.
Looking at their qualifying campaign, La Albiceleste did manage to secure qualification with a game to spare which suggests they have the talent there. Albeit with a lot less swagger and style then previous Argentinean U-20 sides, they still qualified unbeaten and in first place.
However, they took their foot off the gas at the knock out stages and ended up finishing third, outside the qualifying berths for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012.
Coach Walter Perazzo has an array of talent to pick from as a lot of the team have tasted top-flight football already. Intriguingly, however, among the players who most caught the eye on Sudamericano duty were those getting little first-team action at club level, such as Juan Manuel Iturbe.
Iturbe, who has been dubbed the new "Lionel Messi", is set to join Porto when he turns 18 and the fleet-footed forward is one to watch in Colombia. However, despite impressing going forward and at the back, a lack of presence and cohesion in midfield could cost them.