The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by India.
“Football takes over”
Even if it seems like cricket is the ruling sport in India, football is one of the most widely played sport in the subcontinent. It’s the easiest sport to play, all you need is a round shaped something (read: preferably a ball), along with a few of your mates and you are good to go!
Official Mascot of U-17 FIFA World Cup
Football has always been a fan favorite, easy to follow, easy to play. Ever since FIFA authorities announced the official venue for the 2017 U-17 world cup, people of this nation have grown even more enthusiastic about the game. FIFA being the “official football headquarter” all over the world doubled the amount of excitement within people. Football tournaments like Mission XI Million, endorsed supported by popular personalities is raising the bar of excitement and spreading the joy of football even more. India is more than ready to welcome the future legends and culminate the beautiful game in all its glory.
The defending champions, Nigeria
After winning against Mali for 2-0 in the 2015 edition of the U-17 world cup held in Chile, Nigeria is the defending champion this year, but sadly they failed to qualify this year so they won’t be able to defend their title after all.
Teams who qualified this year
Costa Rica U-17 Team
Teams eligible/qualified to participate in the U-17 World Cup is determined by continental youth tournaments by respective continental governing bodies such as AFC(Asia), CAF(Africa), CONCACAF (North, Central America, and Caribbean), CONMEBOL (South America), UEFA (Europe) and OFC (Oceania).
AFC – Iraq, Iran, India, Japan, South Korea
CAF – Guinea, Mali, Ghana, Niger
CONCACAF – USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras
CONMEBOL – Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay
UEFA – England, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey
OFC – New Zealand, New Caledonia
Players to watch out for in this season
Big shots like Ronaldinho, Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandes, David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Neymar, Landon Donovan, all of them shot to fame and made a huge leap in their careers as professional football players through these youth tournaments, and there are quite a few from this year, and we will see them quite often in the next few years.
15-year-old teen prodigy Takefusa Kubo from Japan has been the most talked about player in the entire tournament, dubbed as “teen Messi” Kubo shot to fame after his surprise inclusion in the U-20 Japanese team for the 2017 U-20 world cup, even though Japan lost to Venezuela in the second round of the knockout stage, Kubo has become quite the household name to football lovers in a very short amount of time.
16-year-old Vinícius Júnior from Brazil, dubbed as “the next Neymar” has been the main standout professional forward from the Rio De Janerio-based team Flamenco is another player to look out for. Vinícius helped the Brazilain U-17 win the U-17 South American Championship; scoring seven goals throughout the tournament he was awarded the title of “best player” of the tournament.