We are in October and FIFA Under-17 World Cup is here. All eyes will turn to India as it gets ready to host its first FIFA tournament. The World Cup will be held across 6 cities – New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata.
Football comes with vigour, passion and glamour. Goa has great roots and history in the Indian football. From footballers to football fans, one can find them at every place as Goa breathes football. Our beautiful Goa is not only known for its rich heritage, clear blue beaches, cuisine but also for its crazy fan following of football.
Young as well as old everyone loves football irrespective of how great the tournament is. It is a great feeling for football fans all around India that the Federations Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Under-17 World Cup is being organised in India. Even better is the feeling that the host nation will be playing for the first time in the history of football in India.
All together 24 teams namely India (H), Colombia, United States, Ghana, Paraguay, Mali, Turkey, New Zealand, Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica, North Korea, Niger, Brazil, Spain, Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France, Iraq, Mexico, Chile and England will be participating for this prestigious title. The head coach of the Indian team Luis Norton De Matos has really trained the boys well under his guidance. The official mascot for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 hosted by India will be ‘KHELEO’.
Kheleo is expected to participate in numerous activities in the run-up to the much-awaited tournament. Football has captured many young hearts and has given a chance for much upcoming talent to showcase their abilities on the field. We have many football clubs and academies in India and around the world that are encouraging young talent and giving them the opportunity to make a career in football. We see the stadium packed up with thousands of spectators during ISL matches and people gear up to watch and support their favourite team. In a similar way let us whole heartily participate and cheer for our team India.
So let’s pick our national flag and cheer for our team as we shout out loud, ‘Back the Blues’. Let the beautiful game being.
Written By: Pauline D’Mello
Pics Credits: Viresh Chari