- FIFA U-20 World Cup group stage draw made in Gdynia
- Hosts Poland to face Colombia, Tahiti and Senegal in Group A
- Poland to play Colombia in the opening match in Lodz on 23 May
Grzywek, a Polish bison, was unveiled as the tournament's Official Mascot on Saturday 23 February, while the following day the 24 participating teams discovered who they will face at the world's most important youth tournament after the group stage draw was made at the Gdynia Arena.
FIFA legends Bebeto, who won the U-20 World Cup in 1983 and the FIFA World Cup in 1994; and Fernando Couto, who lifted the U-20 title in 1989, made the draw in front of numerous coaches and icons of Polish football.
"We are pleased that FIFA have trusted in us to organise this great event,” said Zbigniew Boniek, President of the Polish Football Association. “The tournament will be a big success, made together by FIFA and the Polish FA. Everyone will have the chance to experience Polish hospitality, our openness to others, our cuisine and our fantastic fans. This tournament is organised in a special year for us as we celebrate 100 years of the Polish FA. It makes this event even more special for us."
"The FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1983 was one of the highlights of my career," said Bebeto. "Not only because of the matches but also because of the atmosphere, the stadiums and the whole event. As a country with a great footballing history and tradition, Poland will undoubtedly stage a fantastic tournament."
"I know from personal experience that the U-20 World Cup is extremely demanding and exciting," said Couto. "Anybody could win it. A lot of teams could go a long way, including the hosts. Polish fans and visiting supporters can look forward to a spectacular competition where there will be lots of attacking football on show."