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India’s NRI U-17 players return ‘home’ to study
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Seventeen players from the Under-17 World Cup squad have been promoted to the older age category.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Tim Weah’s hat-trick helps USA storm into first quarter-final in 12 years
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Timothy Weah's hat-trick saw USA complete a 5-0 demolition of Paraguay and enter the quarterfinals for the first time in twelve years.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Germany thrash Colombia 4-0 to progress to quarters
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Jann-Fiete Arp comes to the party with two goals as Germany step up in the knockouts, destroy Colombia to make the quarters

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Germany wary of unfancied Colombia
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

As they face Colombia, Germany, who lost 4-0 to Iran, intimately know the cardinal truth of U-17 World Cup.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Pressure on US colts after senior team’s debacle
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

The senior team’s failure has put the under-17s under the radar and the pressure has ratcheted higher as they face Paraguay U-17 in Round of 16.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Eden Gardens is a must see for England coach, Esther Staubli makes history, France’s hunt for home support
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Like all cricket lovers, Steve Cooper is reverential toward India’s most storied cricket venue and wants to watch a match at Eden Gardens.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: For team India, party over, time to do dishes
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

After winning hearts, Indian football needs to take stock and find a way to record triumphs on field.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: India’s ‘find of the tournament’, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem catches the eye of international scouts
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Dheeraj Moiranthem's shot-stopping ability, positioning and awareness have been appreciated by several current and former players as well as rival team coaches.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Plight at the end of the tunnel as India sign off
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

India bow out of their own FIFA Under-17 World Cup party after 0-4 thrashing at the hands of marauding Ghana.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Dheeraj Singh, India’s find of the tournament
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

The list of hyperboles continues to grow to describe Dheeraj Moirangthem's performances so far, astonishing for someone who nearly picked up an alternate career.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Last chance saloon; India face sternest test against Ghana
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

In Ghana, India colts face their sternest test; for this bunch, it may also be their final appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

FIFA U-17 World Cup star for USA Tim Weah’s father is running for president’s post in Liberia
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Tim Weah plays for the USA U-17 while his father George, the first African player to win a Ballon D'Or, is one of the main contendors for the post of Liberia's President.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: India’s moments of reckoning in two matches
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

India might have gone down in the first two games, but the team has produced some memorable passages of play.

Indian colts’ nervous parents, Ghana’s Jama, Germany’s Lufthansa experiment set the pace in FIFA U-17 World Cup
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Boris Singh's father's nervousness before his son plays, the grimness of the North Koreans and more from our reporters around the country.

Jeakson Singh creates history by scoring India’s first ever goal in FIFA World Cup
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Jeakson Singh was called 'unnaturally tall' by former India U-17 coach Nicolai Adam felt for his height of nearly 6 feet at 14 years of age.

India vs Colombia FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: First history then heartbreak for India
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

One minute India celebrate Jeakson Singh’s historic equaliser and the next Colombia score winner to silence the crowd

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Chile colts create emotional moment in Kolkata
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Chile's anthem, Himno Nacional de Chile, is about 120 seconds longs and even after FIFA cut off the music after 90 seconds, the Chile colts sang along in chorus.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India dare to dream, face South American giants
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

India U-17 World Cup team feels a goal — even points — are within their reach after a strong performance against USA.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: India’s foot soldiers and silver linings
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Along with Dheeraj Singh and Komal Thatal, there were others in the Indian U-17 team who worked tirelessly and made USA toil harder.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: On biggest stage, an exposition of skill and play-acting
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Two-time champions Ghana began their FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Colombia.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Eye-opener as India surprise with skill and gumption against USA
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 debutant and hosts India surprise their fans with a display of skill and gumption in their 0-3 defeat against USA.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: India face a severe test when they play USA in opener
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Luis Norton de Matos is hoping India's work-ethic, coupled with the execution of tactics, will help them achieve a ‘respectable’ result.

FIFA Under 17 World Cup: Free passes to ensure India’s opener vs USA is a ‘sell-out’
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The opening might not be a “sell-out” in the strictest sense, since half of those present would have got in with free passes provided by the central government.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Jose Mourinho, India’s spiritual coach
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

From tactical to psychological, India U-17’s Portuguese think tank has borrowed various aspects of Jose Mourinho’s footballing philosophy

FIFA U-17 World Cup: After testing times off the field, US seek normalcy on it
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

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

FIFA U-17 World Cup: How India fared in their journey around the world
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

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.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: India’s preparation spanning 2 years and 2,00,000 air miles
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

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.

Vinicius Junior, the Brazilian wonderkid who can be the showstopper in FIFA U-17 World Cup
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Vinicius Junior, signed by Real Madrid for 45mn euros, could be the biggest crowd puller, and some say even the next Neymar.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Move on Narcos and narco football, Colombia’s GenNext wants the Cup
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

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.

Kim Jong Un all day, some telemarketing at night
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

To ensure locals can’t establish contact directly with foreigners, a different kind of SIM card is issued to non-North Koreans.

Postcards from North Korea
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

North Korea is a place where they slurp on ‘eskimo’, the government can take 30 years to grant permission to marry a local girl and bell bottoms are still in vogue.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: For India, Manipur is Mainpur
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

FIFA U-17 World Cup squad of India has eight players from Manipur out of the total 21 selected for the mega-event.

‘Even a tractor understood greatness of our dear leader’
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

The newspapers' front-pages have huge pictures of Kim Jong-un while giant portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il hang on the building of the country's main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun.

Beyond skyscrapers, dark homes, chimneys without any smoke in Pyongyang
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Abroad, Kim Jong-un is seen as a dictator. At home, he has developed a reputation of being a master planner, who has developed facilities that have uplifted the country’s middle class.

Fans with Kim Jong-un badges: Watching Indian club Bengaluru FC play in North Korea
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

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.

North Korea sends missile over Japan: In the sky, a missile streak, on the ground, dancing with Kim Jong-un
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

North Korea missile launch: A football match takes The Indian Express into the heart of a nation under siege