India may not have a rich football heritage, an Asian Games gold medal in 1962 and a fourth-place finish at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, but this can be a window to new avenues. "Win or lose, it's the effort that matters", said Swapan Banerjee, 67, a Mohun Bagan fan. "This is the first step for India in world football", de Matos said. We achieved some good results in the friendly games and it was a huge encouragement for me to watch the team play good against some strong teams like Serbia, Macedonia, Italy, and big clubs like Benfica and Sporting in Portugal. We have two different solutions and we will work very hard on this.
Rather than expecting too much from home-grown players, AIFF would do well if they concentrate on showcasing their organisational acumen.
While the event has been the starting point for the stars such as Ronaldinho and Neymar, this edition will be missing some of the brighter lights in the age group. "We had at one time toyed with the idea of [hosting] the Club World Cup". We need to cover the spaces well. They have participated in 15 of the 16 editions of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup, having only missed out in 2013.
"We will give our 110 percent on the ground", he expressed at the pre-match Official press conference at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the Capital on Thursday (October 5, 2017). We can compare their game to our intensity, focus and organization.
The giants of the game are targeting the trophy, but India, also known as the Blue Cubs, are focused on just two things at the moment: (1) how to exploit the little weakness they see in their first opponents the U.S. and (2) backing of a 12th player, the crowd. There are no impossible missions. The tournament should be used to gauge the progress the India U17 team has made rather than measure them up against the bigwigs of football who come through professional setups which are on a whole another level to India's. But if you see the European, African and South African teams, there is a big gap.
Speaking to media persons in the pre-match conference on Thursday, De Matos wants the fans to become the twelfth man. This would also be the first time for Indian footballers to qualify to the World Cup. "I have asked my team to make sure it's a moment they never forget - they will never forget it in their entire life and they must enjoy this - every tackle, the stadium, the people, everything". The Indian journey will begin against US, which will make their 16th appearance in the Under-17 World Cup -a record they share with Brazil.Although the Americans once finished fourth (1999), they hold the record for the most defeats (28) and conceding the most number of goals (96) in the tournament's history. "On behalf of everyone at Hero MotoCorp, I wish the team best of luck".