Get ready to paint yourselves blue as for the first time ever the entire footballing fraternity will have its eyes set on India. The FIFA U-17 World Cup is going to be held in India in the months of September and October. India fended off interest from Azerbaijan, Ireland and Uzbekistan in the bid to host the football fiesta.
In addition to India, who automatically qualified as hosts, U-17 teams of 23 nations from 6 continents will come to play.
Sports enthusiasts in the country cannot wait to see their under seventeen army battle it out with world’s greatest prospects. Some of the players who are probably (as no teams have qualified yet) going to come are already being branded as the next Messi or the next Ronaldo. What an opportunity is it gonna be for the young Indian talents ! If this footballing extravaganza doesn’t give a boost to football in India, nothing ever will !
India has never hosted a football tournament this big and the question on everyone’s mind around the world is “Will they be able to do it?”. Indian sports lovers are hoping this world cup does not fall prey to the widespread corruption, of all things in India. Stakes have never been higher and slight carelessness on the part of organizers might bring a big scar on the face of Indian football which will be there to stay for years to come. This tournament requires world class infrastructure and not mere ‘jugaad’ of the highest level.
India have a great opportunity but along with it there’s so much to lose.
But the best thing is that authorities look very positive about it and have guaranteed this will be one of the best U-17 world cups ever. Even our PM looks very excited because he is well aware of the tournament’s worth. We have statements that can hold more than 50,000 people, waiting for the excited fans of a sports crazy nation to witness the 3rd biggest international football tournament. It is thus safe to say, India is ready. Ready to shine on International footballing stage. No matter how the lads perform and which team wins, India is sure to make history.