Germany have never won it. Neither have Spain. Nor have England. Welcome to the world of the U-17 World Cup, where reputations built at the senior level go out the window. After all, Nigeria have won the U-17 title five times — more than any other country.
This time too there will be 24 nations taking a shot at winning the coveted title, including first-timers like India, New Caledonia and Niger. There will also be some of world football's biggest teams like Brazil, Germany and Spain.
Held for the first time in 1985 — back then it was an U-16 tournament — and played every two years, the 2017 edition in India will be the 17th edition of the World Cup. Having qualified by virtue of being hosts, the tournament will mark India’s first tryst with the finals of a FIFA tournament at any age group. The U-17 World Cup will be held between 6 to 28 October, across six cities — New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Margao (Goa), Kochi, Kolkata and Guwahati.
With 100 days to go for the extravaganza, where the 24 teams will play a total of 52 games, here’s Firstpost’s primer on all the 24 teams at the tournament.
Published Date: Jun 27, 2017 12:47 PM | Updated Date: Jun 27, 2017 14:14 PM