FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India is a football country now, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino

Kolkata: FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that "India is a football country now," moments after arriving in the city to chair the FIFA Council meeting to be held on Friday and attend the U-17 World Cup final.

File image of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Reuters

File image of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Reuters

Asked about the successful organisation of the U-17 World Cup, the 47-year-old clad in a dark suit said: "Thank you very much all the Indians. That's most important. It's a great pleasure to here."

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das and senior vice-president Subrata Dutta received Infantino at the airport in the wee hours of Thursday.

According to sources close to the development, an unofficial meeting with AIFF president Praful Patel is scheduled later in the day.


Updated Date: Oct 26, 2017 17:00 PM

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