USA coach John Hackworth hoped practising in India would help them focus on the task at hand after Hurricane Irma. But all morning on Monday, they were glued to the television sets, following the news about the goings-on in Las Vegas
Former FIFA development officer, South and Central Asia Shaji Prabhakaran said that the Indian team that play in the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup is the best prepared national team in the history of Indian football.
It might take years to gauge their true mettle, but few other groups of Indian footballers have had as much as exposure as the batch of 2000, the first World Cuppers of the country. Mihir Vasavda tracks their preparation in the build up to the U-17 World Cup.
Colombia are a rich but highly under-appreciated football powerhouse. Their clubs have enjoyed credible periods of dominance in South America. At the same time, their national team has had some eye-catching results.
In a country infamous for its stoic silence, it’s in football that the locals find refuge and an outlet. The emotions and expressions in the stands here aren’t any different from those in the famous terraces of Nou Camp, Old Trafford or San Siro.