The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 ended with two European heavyweights giving an exemplary performance. The best of the tournament was reserved for the finals.
Spain with two early strikes through Sergio Gomez looked enough for the Spain to walk away with the FIFA u-17 World cup. But what hit them later would remain in the player’s mind for the rest of the years. England remarkable comeback story would be remembered by each and every Indian football fans.
The Jampacked Kolkata’s Salt Lake stadium saw a tale of two halves and 5 Star England performance. England after going down early in first half reduced margin just before the halftime. The Moral boosting not only gave them equalizer but catalyzed their performance. The spirited England team came back from 0-2 down to win the tournament 5-2. A remarkable comeback victory in the history of the World Football.
Morgan Gibbs-White first equalized in the 58th minutes, just after a 10-minute find of the tournament Phile Foden gave lead to the England team. Marc Guehi 84th minute opportunistic goal put the match to its bed. Phile Foden second goal in the 88th minute was a cherry on the cake for the England.
The match saw a remarkable performance from Phil Foden, a player who we expect to mesmerize football fans around the world. He was awarded the Golden Ball award, England Rhian Brewster won the Golden Boot while Gabriel Brazao of Brazil won the Golden Glove.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Take Away For Indian Football
As this was the first time that India hosted any FIFA tournament, we gained a lot. Although India’s performance was not what the country would have liked, there were a lot of positives to be taken away from the three group matches. The second match against Colombia was one to remember as history was made when Jeakson Singh headed the ball into the net for the first time ever.
Even though India was unfortunate not to get anything out of that match, the team’s fighting spirit was enough to make the country proud. Against Ghana, we were beaten by pace and physicality. It gave us a rough idea of where we stand in world football.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: A Stage To Impress The World.
It is said that the world cup is the first step to a country’s development. And the biggest aim of any player playing at the world cup is to get scouted by Good clubs abroad. This tournament was no different and there are a number of clubs trying to sign the U17 players.
One of the picks of the tournament was Dheeraj Singh Mohingtarem. If reports are to be believed, Dheeraj currently has there offers, one each from Brazil, Australia, and Turkey. His superb reflexes and a good throwing ability have brought him under the spotlight. He also has a good penalty record which was exhibited during the AFC U16 championship last year.
Another fine talent was the Sikkimese lad Komal Thattal. After managing to slither through the USA defense in the first match, Komal earned a lot of praise. But coach De Matos benched him in the remaining two matches owing to being not as physical as needed. But that isn’t the end of the road for him and was recently targetted by a top Swedish side.
Many Indian clubs to are trying to approach the players to sign them for the upcoming Indian Super league.
The team is currently in Qatar with some additional names; currently preparing for the AFC U19 qualifiers. We have a good set of players now, and with good support, the lads can surely shine in the future.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Super Infra structure.
India’s U16 team has already qualified for the Asian Championship next year, and will surely have high hopes of qualifying for the world cup on merit.
Another important gain from the world cup was the improvement in infrastructure. All the six venues had to undergo renovation to get certified by FIFA. All the venues have drawn positive comments from the officials.
The Kochi pitch was compared to European pitches and the stadium attendances throughout the tournament were overwhelming with Kolkata proving why it is called as the Mecca of Indian Football.
With India set to overtake China to take the tag of the highest attended U17 world cup, this shows India is no more a one sports nation. Football is surely on the rise and this was just the beginning.
With India ready to bid for the U20 world cup and also the club world cup, this shows India’s interest in taking the game forward.
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