Growing concern over physicality of national sport (rugby) has led to New Zealand youngsters taking up football.
Three-time champions Brazil are set to arrive in Mumbai on Tuesday ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup which will start in India from October 6.
The New Zealand U-17 side will play against Brazil in a practise game on September 28 scheduled at 5 pm. The Kiwi team then plays England on October 1 at the same venue.
Sunil Chhetri said, "There is nice little buzz floating around and that needs to spread as we draw closer to the event. For all those of us who moan that India is far behind when it comes to world football, this is a big chance to step up and support the cause."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup will increase the interest in football in the country.
The stadium was refurbished when it hosted the Lusofonia Games in 2014. With a capacity of 19,000, the stadium is the smallest of all stadiums hosting 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.
The Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa, was on Sunday handed over to FIFA for the U-17 World Cup, beginning October 6.
Out of the several footballers who made the FIFA U-17 World Cup a springboard to their future professional career, a total of 12 played in the summit clash of a FIFA World Cup.
After Ronaldinho, Iker Casillas and Neymar, now the focus will be on Vinicius Junior and Abel Ruiz, whether they will manage to make an impact in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.
Sunny Dhaliwal surrendered his Canadian passport in order to be eligible to play for India’s U-17 squad in the FIFA World Cup.
The D Y Patil Stadium in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, one of the six venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, will be handed over to FIFA after September 27.
Amidst the excitement and fervour, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho said that such a tournament will be an important outing for the youngsters featuring in the tournament.
Brazil's Ronaldinho is the only player to have won both FIFA U-17 (1997) and FIFA World Cup Finals (2002) title.
The US Soccer Federation has named 17 players who were part of the team that played in the qualifying tournament --2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in April -- in which it had finished second.
The Black Starlets boss Paa Kwesi Fabin has strengthened his squad with seven new players who were not part of their campaign in the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon.
FIFA U-17 World Cup squad of India has eight players from Manipur out of the total 21 selected for the mega-event.
Brazil will play against New Zealand in a practice game on September 28 at the Andheri complex with the kick-off scheduled at 5 pm. three senior outfits -Navy, Air India and Pune City FC - are ready to play against Brazil.
Many in the 21-member team, playing in the first ever FIFA event to be held in the country from October 6-28, had seen their parents struggle tomake ends meet. But they managed to pursue their passion for the game and are on the verge of realising a dream
Kerala Sports Minister AC Moideen unveiled the trophy at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium complex for the fans to see the Official Winners' Trophy.
India have been drawn in Group A alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana. The hosts face USA on October 6, followed by Colombia and Ghana on October 9 and October 12 respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
Head coach Danny Hay, a former New Zealand international, said he named a squad with a plenty of character and quality. The team will arrive in Mumbai on Friday. New Zealand are placed in Group B along with Paraguay, Mali and Turkey.
India have been drawn in Group A alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana, and will face USA on October 6, followed by Colombia and Ghana on October 9 and 12 respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
Mexico football team, who are preparing for the U-17 World Cup in Spain, will arrive in Kolkata as per schedule on October 4 for their group F matches at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo exuded confidence that his boys will put up a good show in the marquee junior event, starting October 6.
A couple of days ago, during the team’s final days of preparation, India’s Portuguese coach Luis Norton de Matos did a snap poll among the team members to pick the captain. Amarjit won.
With the FIFA U 17 World Cup slated to get underway on October 6, work on all stadiums and facilities have been completed. Every venue had to undergo significant renovation work so as to be considered upto FIFA standards
The tickets will be sold at discounted rates till 5th October and are priced at Rs 150/matchday for Category 3 seats in North, South and East stands and Rs 300/matchday for Category 2 seats in the West stands.
Amarjit, who started playing football thanks to his uncle, was born and brought up in Manipur and started his training at the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA). Amarjit caught the immediate attention of all the selectors during the trials for the Indian team for the Under-17 World Cup.
The Indian team play their inagural match against US on October 6 and coach Luis Norton de Matos is looking for a positive result. He also said that India did not play enough matches against national teams.
FIFA had asked for shops in the JLN stadium complex to be shut as part of security measures for the U-17 World Cup for which Kochi is one of the venues. But the shop petitioned the Kerala High Court against the notice issued by the GCDA for downing the shutters.
Being the hosts, India have automatically qualified for the October 6-28 tournament, a first FIFA event in the country. But Chuni Goswami is not keen on going to the stadium to watch the matches.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup Trophy arrived at the land of beaches on Friday after mesmerising Mumbai last week. The trophy was unveiled at the Nehru Stadium at Fatorda by Goa Sports Minister Manohar Azgaonkar in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who could not come due to his busy schedule.
The Greater Cochin Development Authority had issued a directive for all shops to be shut around the JLN stadium in Kochi as part of the security measures for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The All India Football Federation President Praful Patel on Friday claimed infrastructure in the country has been raised to international standards for next month's U-17 World Cup, a step towards making football a pan-India sport.
Manchester United great Ryan Giggs said that despite cricket being the premier sport, football has a following in India and so if there is enough exposure, the FIFA U-17 World Cup can be good for the sport in the country.
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