India will open their u17 campaign against the mighty USA, Indian colts have been clubbed with Columbia, USA and Ghana in the Group A.
Group A matches will be played in the Delhi. It will be the first occasion that India will be playing at any level of the world cup. India u17 has been training in Europe for last few months and going by their performance on the tour the group looks difficult to get through.
The tournament kicks off on October 6th, 2017, the opening match will be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The Groups Are as follows
Group A: India, USA, Colombia, Ghana
Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey
Group C: Iran, Germany, Costa Rica, Guinea
Group D: North Korea, Brazil, Spain, Niger
Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France
Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England
Three Teams including host India will be making their debut in the U17 World Cup.
Billions of Indians will have their eyes on the Group A. The India juniors boys have yet to produce convincing results against national teams, they have produced some good results against the clubs side but playing against nations is a different proposition. USA has produced some decent results at the u17 level when India last played USA u17 in Vasco, Goa. The host was thrashed by the USA 4-0, they will have that defeat at the back of their mind. African champions Ghana will look to continue African nations tradition of winning the u17 world cup.
Group F are tagged as Group of Death, Asian powerhouse Iraq will be up against Mexico, Chile and England. England juniors will look to emulate their U20 team performance in recently concluded U20 World Cup where they emerged victoriously.
It’s first time India hosting mega event in football and it will interesting to see how the fans react to it.