FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 draw, as it happened: India draw USA, Colombia, Ghana; opening ceremony on 5 October

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 draw, as it happened: India draw USA, Colombia, Ghana; opening ceremony on 5 October
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    That's it from us today. India have been handed a tough group but it could have been a lot tougher. India will play its matches in New Delhi. The hosts will kick off the tournament on 6 October against USA. Brazil and Spain are drawn together in Group D and will play their matches in Kochi in front of what would be a packed house. Thanks for following Firstpost, we ill be back with more in-depth coverage of the tournament

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    FINAL GROUPS! 

  • Tim Weah, son of the legendary footballer George Weah, will be featuring for the USA when the U17 World Cup takes place in India. NOTABLY, George won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year while with AC Milan in 1995 although he spent the first half of the year with Paris Saint-Germain. In 1996, Weah finished second to Brazilian legend Ronaldo, keeping him from earning consecutive honours. He was also the first African player to win both awards. In the following year, George was named the African Player of the Century and was given FIFA’s Fair Play Award. So, all eyes will be on Tim and it'll be interesting to see how he handles the pressure in India.

  • Many of Ghana’s matches before they sealed qualification for the World Cup were goal fests, be it their 6-5 victory over Burkina Faso over two legs in the second round of qualification or the 4-0 win over Cameroon and the 5-0 thumping of Gabon in the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations. While they were the first team to seal qualification for the World Cup from Africa, they lost to Mali in the final. 

  • Also in India's group are Ghana, who went on an incredible run in the 1990s, making it to the final in four editions of five. Twice, in 1991 and 1995, they went on to clinch the title. However, since that phase where they also had a third place finish, they have made it to the World Cup itself on just two occasions. Many of Ghana’s matches before they sealed qualification for the World Cup this time around were goal fests, be it their 6-5 victory over Burkina Faso over two legs in the second round of qualification or the 4-0 win over Cameroon and the 5-0 thumping of Gabon in the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations. While they were the first team to seal qualification for the World Cup from Africa, they lost to Mali in the final. 

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    Venues for all the Groups

    Group A: New Delhi

    Group B: Navi Mumbai,
    Group C: Margao,
    Group D: Kochi, 
    Group E: Guwahati, 
    Group F: Kolkata

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    Ghana are the final team in India's Group. India's Group concludes with India, USA, Colombia and Ghana in the Group

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    Ghana are the final team in India's Group. India's Group concludes with India, USA, Colombia and Ghana in the Group

  • Colombia have not made it to an U-17 World Cup since 2009. This time around, Colombia sealed their entry in dramatic style – with a 2-1 win over the Paraguayans in the last group match.

    Having previously made it to the FIFA U-17 World Cup on five occasions, Colombia's best finish came in Finland 2003 and Nigeria 2009, when they finished third. 

    They finished third at this year’s South American U-17 Championship with two victories, a draw and a defeat seeing them go into the hexagonal final phase as the second placed team from Group A. There, they beat Ecuador 2-1 and held Venezuela. However, a 0-1 defeat to Chile and a 0-3 blanking at the hands of Brazil proved to be their undoing.

  • ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠The USA despite having a  strong team lost to Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in a penalty shootout. However, they will consider themselves unlucky. After all, they had stunned Mexico 4-3 in the group stage, thereby bringing the El Tri's 25-match unbeaten streak in the competition to a grinding halt.

  • India have USA in their group. USA, remember, have competed in 15 World Cups before this. However, their best finish has been a 4th place in 1999. They have also had four quarter-final finishes. After exiting in the group stage itself last time around, the Americans will be particularly keen to impose themselves in India.  

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    Spain and Brazil drawn in the same group. Both teams are in Group D

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    USA drawn in Group A which means it is the second team to be drawn in India's group

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    POT 1 ENDS! 

    India - Group A

    Mali - Group B

    Germany - Group C

    Brazil - Group D

    France - Group E

    Mexico - Group F

     

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    Mali is in Group B, Germany in Group C and Brazil in Group D

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    India will be in Pot A

  • Here's how the teams have been divided into Pots

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    PV Sindhu is on stage as the Draw assistant. She will help the Draw Conductors in conducting the draw. Kanu and Sunil Chhetri join her

  • ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Praful Patel makes a massive mistake: Claims India had qualified for the 1958 World Cup. In reality, it was the 1950 World Cup. The mistake gets even more glaring when you realise that he is the head of the All India Football Federation.

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  • Nwankwo Kanu on the dais. The draw will happen shortly

  • Nwankwo Kanu on the dice. The draw will happen shortly

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    The official ball for the 2017 U-17 World Cup is being unveiled 

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    The draw ceremony has started. India to learn shortly! 

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    Almost there! 

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    The draw is less than five minutes away. Time to hold your breath

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    Indian captain Sunil Chhetri will be at the event today. Stay tuned to here from him about India's group later in the evening. 

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    The 24 teams have been divided into four Pots for the draw. Here is how the Pots look like

    POT 1:India, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Mali, France
    POT 2: Spain, Japan, New Zealand, England, Islamic Republic of Iran, USA
    POT 3: Costa Rica, DPR Korea, Honduras, Iraq, Turkey, Colombia
    POT 4: Chile, Paraguay, Ghana, Guinea, Niger, New Caledonia

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    Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the Draw for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. It is a huge moment for India who will be a part of a football World Cup draw for the first time ever. India being the hosts will find themselves in Pot 1 along with the top teams in the world. Footballing heavyweights like Brazil, Spain, Germany, England, Chile are all part of the draw. How are the Pots determined? Who could India play? When will the matches will be played? We will have the answers to all the question as we bring to you the all the happenings of the draw Live on Firstpost. Watch this space to find out who India will face in their group

Preview World football's governing body FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) on Wednesday announced the participation of former Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu along with Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri and country's top-ranked badminton player PV Sindhu at the official draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The U-17 World Cup trophy that 24 teams will be competing for in October. Image courtesy: FIFA

The U-17 World Cup trophy that 24 teams will be competing for in October. Image courtesy: FIFA

While Kanu won the 1993 edition of the U-17 World Cup, midfielder Cambiasso participated in the 1995 edition.

Kanu won Olympic gold in 1996, was twice chosen as African Player of the Year, and played for Nigeria at the 1998, 2002 and 2010 editions of the World Cup.

Cambiasso, meanwhile, won the FIFA U-20 World Cup 1997 and was part of Argentina's team at the 2010 World Cup.

"The FIFA U-17 World Cup 1993 really spurred my career - within years of winning the title, I won the Olympic gold and from there as I would like to believe, there wasn't any looking back. This tournament provides youngsters the necessary stage for development and I believe this year's edition will provide us all with exceptional talent -- much like the previous tournaments," Kanu said.

The draw is on Friday while the World Cup, taking place in India for the first time, will be held from 6-28 October.

 

With inputs from IANS


Published Date: Jul 07, 2017 08:48 pm | Updated Date: Sep 28, 2017 03:13 pm


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