associate sponsors

Havells
HDFC

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: England, Mexico and Chile 'express satisfaction' over facilities at Salt Lake Stadium

Kolkata: Representatives from the football federations of Mexico, England, Chile and Iraq, who are placed in Group F of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, on Sunday expressed satisfaction after inspecting the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata ahead of the tournament starting on 6 October.

Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium will host the final of the 2017 U-17 World Cup. Twitter/ @IndianFootball

Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium will host the final of the 2017 U-17 World Cup. Twitter/ @IndianFootball

All group F matches of the U-17 World Cup will be played at the colossal venue which has regularly hosted crowds in excess of 100,000 during matches between local arch-rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.

"They have expressed their satisfaction after inspecting the venue and rated it, first class," an official from the Local Organising Committee (LoC) said.

"National Teams doing inspections at all venues. Overall feedback is quite positive, very impressed with facilities," LoC tournament director Javier Ceppi tweeted on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters after the inspection, Mexico interim coach Echeverria Perez Enrique said: "With the new format, there will be no easy games in the World Cup. Even teams without any history can surprise big sides."

"Hopefully, Mexico will go to semis and then play the final here. It's a project we started 6-7 years ago," he said.

While Mexico and Chile are expected to reach the eastern metropolis by the first week of October, England, who recently won the U-20 World Cup, might come earlier than them.

"Winning the U-20 World Cup will be motivation for the U-17 boys and not added pressure," England coach Steve Cooper said.

The youth World Cup, taking place for the first time in India, saw India pitted against Ghana, the US and Colombia in Group A in the official draw held in Mumbai on Friday.

The Salt Lake Stadium will host 10 matches along with the final on 28 October.


Updated Date: Sep 28, 2017 15:28 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See