Turkey will be good host for U-20 World Cup: Blatter

Ankara, May 9 (IANS) FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he is confident that Turkey will put on a good organisation as the host of next month’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The head of world football’s governing body met Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, six weeks before the start of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013, reports Xinhua.

“This is FIFA’s first competition in Turkey and we have very high expectations, but we are confident it will be a great event,” Blatter said. “I encouraged the Prime Minister that Turkey uses the FIFA U-20 World Cup as an international showcase for Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.”

The meeting in Ankara saw the pair primarily focus on FIFA’s major youth competition, but other topics such as Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games and football development in the country were also discussed, a statement on the FIFA website said.

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