Argentina's Lionel Messi and England's Wayne Rooney will be among the contenders for the Best Young Player trophy at next year's World Cup.
''It takes more than just talent to become the best young player. It needs a fearless attitude in their play," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in announcing the award yesterday in Leipzig, Germany.
Messi, who will turn 19 during the tournament, was the MVP at the World Under-20 Championship in the Netherlands this year. Rooney was one of the outstanding players at last year's European Championship.
Any player born after Jan. 1, 1985, will be eligible.
Organizers said they expect about 40 players to fall within the age bracket at the World Cup.
Fans worldwide will vote for three players, and a FIFA group will select another three. The group, made up of top coaches and analysts, will pick the winner before the World Cup final.
Pele, then 17, led Brazil to the 1958 title.
Hat-trick HurstGeoff Hurst, the only player to score a hat trick in a World Cup final, said he expects England to advance to at least the semifinals at next year's tournament.
Hurst's three goals earned England a 4-2 overtime victory over West Germany at Wembley in 1966, including one the Germans still say didn't cross the line.
''I think we are one of four or five teams who are capable of winning the World Cup," Hurst said on the eve of the draw in Leipzig. ''Along with Argentina, Brazil, I have a fancy for Italy, and the Dutch have got a lot of very good players.
''And there's always the emergence of a surprise team, someone like the Czech Republic."
Top drawSupermodel Heidi Klum is the host of today's draw.
Johan Cruyff, who played in the 1974 World Cup final with the Netherlands, will be among the stars drawing the lots. Germany will be represented by Lothar Matthaeus, who led his country to the 1990 title. He will be in charge of Pot 4 with the Asian and CONCACAF nations.
Roger Milla of the 1990 and '94 Cameroon team will take care of the pot with the seeded teams. Pele will pick from Pot 3 with the European teams, and Cruyff will take care of the African and South American pot.
Red-carpet treatmentLeipzig still might look like a construction site for the tournament, but a 1.4-mile red carpet -- reportedly the longest in the world -- is making visitors feel welcome.
Fans, police clashFifteen police officers were injured and 27 people were arrested during violence outside a stadium in Naples, Italy, before and after an Italian Cup game.
Riot police used tear gas and arrested 10 people when groups of Napoli fans hurled objects at police escorting Roma fans into San Paola stadium before kickoff.
After the game, about 500 people attacked the police headquarters in an apparent attempt to free those detained.