blog by riya rathore

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is leaving no stone unturned in order to ensure the India Under-17 team gets the best possible exposure ahead of the Under-17 World Cup in October this year.The India U-17 football team will visit the United States of America as a part of their preparations before participating in a youth tournament in Mexico wherein they shall compete against the likes of Chile and Colombia.“Our Under-17 Indian team will travel to the US in July where we are in talks to play against their Under-17 national team. We will also play a tournament in Mexico where some top teams will participate,” informed the AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das to Goal.Thereafter, the team is set to travel to Australia where they will play matches against New Caledonia and New Zealand.With less than 100 days to go for the World Cup, playing friendly matches against the top sides in the world would surely benefit Luis Norton de Matos’ young brigade.The Boys in Blue had previously played against some of the big names in world football. They participated in the BRICS U-17 tournament where they got to play against Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa.Since the arrival of Portuguese coach Luis Matos the performance graph of the Indian side has only gone uphill. The youngsters are unbeaten in their last nine matches.With India all set to host it’s first ever FIFA Under-17 World Cup, 24 teams from across the globe will descend in India to take part in the tournament spread across six different venues.As the kickoff to the tournament in October fast approaches, we take a look at one of the contenders in the form of the French Under-17 team. The Les Bleus have tasted success previously in the FIFA Under 17 World Cup going all the way to lift it in 2001 in Trinidad and Tobago. They have also reached the quarter finals on three separate occasions.They were eliminated in the Round of 16 in the last edition of the tournament and they will be backing themselves to go much further this time.The French have had a much more successful time in the UEFA Euro Under 17 competition winning the grand prize twice, once in 2001 and their most recent success coming in the 2015 edition. They have also finished runners-up in 2002 and 2008.

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