Catch-Up: Y Is For… Youth Tournaments

Here we go! The final part of our catch-up series covering all the important news from three simulated seasons from June 2015 until now. There’s no entry for Z, so we’ll finish with ‘Y’ which is for Youth. We’ll take a look at the 2016 Olympics, 2017 U20 World Cup, and three years of the Toulon Tournament.

Argentina lifted their third Olympic Games title in four editions, with a win over hosts Brazil in August 2016. The 2004 and 2008 champions were able to call on Lionel Messi, Javier Pastore, and Sergio Agüero as their overage players for the U23 tournament, and it was a brace from the latter that won them gold.

Their campaign began with a 2-1 win over Denmark, followed by a 5-0 thumping of group whipping boys Fiji. They then beat Australia 2-0 to set-up a Quarter-Final against Nigeria, which they won 2-1. Cameroon were beaten 2-0 in the Semis, before Agüero’s brace won gold against Brazil with a 2-1 win.

The 2020 Olympics will be held in Istanbul*

 Group A                    Group B
  1. Argentina   9 pts       1. France          9 pts
  2. Australia   6 pts       2. Nigeria         6 pts
  3. Denmark     3 pts       3. Japan           3 pts
  4. Fiji        0 pts       4. United States   0 pts

 Group C                    Group D
  1. Colombia    9 pts       1. Mexico          9 pts
  2. Brazil      6 pts       2. Cameroon        4 pts
  3. Ghana       3 pts       3. Italy           3 pts
  4. China       0 pts       4. Kuwait          1 pt

    Nigeria 1 - 2 Argentina
   Colombia 1 - 2 Cameroon
     France 3 - 0 Australia
     Brazil 1 - 1 Mexico (8 - 7 penalties)

  Argentina 2 - 0 Cameroon
     Brazil 2 - 0 France

 Bronze Medal Match (3rd Playoff)
     France 2 - 1 Cameroon (aet)

 Gold Medal Match (Final)
     Brazil 1 - 2 Argentina

Portugal won the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup held in England, being the first European winners of the tournament since Spain in 1999. It was Portugal’s third time lifting the trophy after back-to-back wins in 1989 and 1991. Argentina would win their seventh title in 2017 (held in Switzerland) to move one clear of Brazil in the all-time records. Both finals finished 2-2 and went to penalties.

The annual invitational U21 youth tournament in Provence often features gifted youngsters who go on to make names for themselves at a senior level. Argentina became the first team to reach three consecutive finals since France made four in a row (2004-07, winning all four).

This year’s final will take place on Friday 15 June between France and Uruguay. The third-place playoff will be between Norway and Netherlands. France and Uruguay were in the same group and drew 2-2 with the South American side topping the group after wins over Poland and Australia.

France beat Netherlands on penalties in their semi-final, with Uruguay beating Norway 4-1.

 2015:  Italy 0 - 2 Argentina
 2016: Mexico 1 - 2 Argentina
 2017: France 1 - 0 Argentina
 2018: France v. Uruguay

RTFM is returning after a hiatus since we resigned as manager of Borussia Dortmund at the end of June 2015. The three seasons since then have been fully simulated in the original FM13 save, right up to the eve of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Our daily news will return on 15 June 2018, with regular blog posts between now and then to highlight what’s happened in our absence.
NB: The entirety of RTFM is being played on Football Manager 2013. Regen players will have ® after their names to indicate this. Be aware that changes to competition rules since the summer of 2012 will not have been implemented in our save (e.g. UEL winners do not automatically qualify for the UCL), and this includes any new clubs or franchises, though we will endeavour to report on correct/current competition titles.
* The announcement of Tokyo as the “real” 2020 Olympic Games host was made in September 2013, almost a year after the release of FM13. Our save has scheduled the 2020 games as being held in Turkey.
We will return to club management after our save generates the domestic leagues we’ve selected for the 2018-19 season on, or shortly after, 20th June. Feel free to ask questions in the comments or @realtimefm.