2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Team Previews – Group A
Confederation – AFC (Asia)
FIFA Code – IND
Nickname(s) – Blue Cubs, Indian colts
- Tournament History
It is a historic moment for India who is going to participate for the first time in any FIFA competition by virtue of being a host nation.
- Present Status (for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup)
i) The Journey: As India is a host, it has automatically qualified for this tournament. India had also participated in the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship which was the other AFC teams’ qualifications round for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. In the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship hosts India was eliminated from the Group stage where they had finished in the last place of Group A.
However, India’s performances have improved since then, and it had played a lot of practice matches before the starting of this tournament.
ii) Head Coach: Luis Norton de Matos (Nationality – Portugal) had been appointed as a head coach for India U-17 team on 1st March 2017. He believes in playing fast pace football with a strong emphasis on full-backs bombarding up and down with a steady defense.
iii) Full Squad: (Goalkeepers) Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal
(Defenders) Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Hendry Antony, Namit Deshpande
(Midfielders) Suresh Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Abhijit Sarkar, Komal Thatal, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Md. Shahjahan
(Forwards) Rahim Ali, Aniket Jadhav
iv) Player(s) To Watch Out:
Aniket Jadhav (Present Club – AIFF Academy)
A young talented striker who has represented India at all levels since joining in AIFF Academy at the age of 14.
Suresh Singh (Present Club – AIFF Academy)
The Manipuri-born midfielder had been elected as the best player of the 2014 Nike Manchester United Premier Cup’s India leg.
- Matches In Group Stages
6th October – India vs. the United States (New Delhi; 20:00 local)
9th October – India vs. Colombia (New Delhi; 20:00 local)
12th October – Ghana vs. India (New Delhi; 20:00 local)
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