Biggest-Ever International Football Tournament In India Begins Today

Josh Sargent
This Missouri native-who has previously trained with big clubs like PSV Eindhoven-may become USA’s primary goal-scorer

Josh Sargent This Missouri native-who has previously trained with big clubs like PSV Eindhoven-may become USA’s primary goal-scorer

With youngsters in India turning to football, and the rise of the Indian Super League, the country's football is on a renaissance path.

"We have a Residency back in Florida, and the weather down there is very hot".

Sachin Tendulkar is perhaps the biggest sporting icon that India has produced and when he supports a cause or a an event, the entire nation sits up and takes notice. "We had at one time toyed with the idea of [hosting] the Club World Cup".

Teaming up front with Sargent will be Paris Saint German's wonderkid Timothy Weah.

The India U17 players have been playing together for quite some time now, with the exceptions of a few, and when the Colts last faced a United States side, the scorecard didn't make for a pleasant reading for Indian football fans.

"Even these (India U-17 World Cup squad) players have good experience in Europe and other countries, which is very good but I must say that it is better than nothing".

Indian coach De Matos has said his focus would be on strong defence and not to concede goals.

Norton added: "US, Ghana and Colombia are at big level". There's always a possibility and we will fight for that.

India start their campaign against US and end against Ghana.

The tournament has the potential to open doors as to how modern football is conducted at the highest level. As a coach I have prepared well, players know what they need to do when they start tomorrow.

Defender Boris Singh Thangjam will miss the contest against the United States due to the red during the last group stage match against Iran in the AFC U-16 meet in 2016. Nigeria must start preparing for the next World Cup right away.

But the response of Delhi to the Under-17 World Cup has been lukewarm. And I try that in every training session. "We are thankful and want to give joy to them on the field", said Antonio, who idolises newly-named Brazil captain Casemiro.

Federation Internationale de Football Association knew, he said, the Indian fans were not only excited about the World Cup, but were huge supporters as well.

With just a day to go for the kick-off, practically all the tickets have been sold out for the eight matches to be staged at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here and the only dampener could be the rains that have hit this coastal city of Kerala.

Widely touted as the next big thing in India, Jadhav played in the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup in 2014.

My parents were on top of the world when I got selected.

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