India in the process became the fifth Asian country ~ after China, Japan, South Korea and UAE ~ to host the tournament which was started in 1985.
India U-17 team is all set to make their debut in FIFA World Cup on Friday. The top four teams from the CAF region which qualified for the World Cup in India are Mali, Ghana, Guinea and Niger.
NTPC, Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited and Byju's have completed the roster for the six national sponsorship slots for the U-17 World Cup in India, FIFA announced.
The support that we are getting from the Indian industry is truly heartening. "We had one-to-one session with every player and they are ready for the challenge".
He said StarTimes will be showcasing the best of these World Cup football actions live from the various match centres in Europe and elsewhere to subscribers in Nigeria.
But this group of players is the best prepared Indian football team ever. The hosts will play all their three group matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. I share a very brotherly bond with him, we have helped each other along the way. But Ceppi says a change at the grassroots, which would not be immediately visible, would be a more accurate barometer of football's success. "We also make our young footballers understand that the first thing is the value as a person and human being for the achievement of sport and life goals", Chile coach Hernan Caputto had told Firstpost in July.
India: Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal.
"I don't know. I can not answer this. It is incredible how much I have grown, I look like a small kid in this photo".
"We will try to work on the Club World Cup".
What time does the India U-17 vs USA U-17 match start?
Hackworth also does not want to see tomorrows match as USA attack versus Indian defence.
"Our players are pretty diligent boys coming from good families. The host cities now have world-class playing surfaces at stadiums".
Brazil along with Spain and England are the favourites to lift the title at India's mega event. They have competed in five editions of the tournament, finishing third on two occasions. Another 1-0 win, this time over Ecuador, secured them a place at India 2017 and left them in with a chance of claiming the continental crown on the final day of the competition.
The first to land in India for the tournament, Colombia would have acclimatised themselves with the conditions by now.
The two-time champions are back in the mix this time round, though, and FIFA.com spoke to their coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin, to look ahead to upcoming tournament. "Offense is important but we have to build on good defence", he said.
It is always hard to predict how a team will fare after such an extended absence from a competition, but Kwesi Fabin signed off on a bullish note: "Our aim is to get to the final and win it". As if that were not enough, the odd one out was New Zealand 1999 and they also finished on the podium there.
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