FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India's loss to Colombia, absence of 'Samba flair' and other disappointments as picked by Firstpost writers
After a pulsating World Cup drew to a close after 22 days of action, Firstpost asked its writers to pick the biggest disappointment of 2017 edition. Here's who they picked:
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Central American champions Mexico face Asian powerhouse Iran in pre-quarters
Iran have enjoyed a good run in this tournament, beating Guinea (3-1), Germany (4-0) and Costa Rica (3-0) to top Group C, while Mexico have not had a great tournament so far.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Iran have scored 10 goals in three games, but it's their defence that will take them far
Much praise has been heaped on Iran's creative midfielders and forwards. They have been mercurial up front, but that has only been possible because of their steely defence.
While Iran, who topped this group, stay in Goa and will play against one of the third best teams from either Group A, B or F on 17 October.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Iran vs Costa Rica, Football Match Result: Iran score thrice to beat Costa Rica
Catch live score and updates from Group C match between Iran and Costa Rica.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Iran aim to maintain unbeaten run by defeating Costa Rica in Group C clash
Iran's confidence is sky-high after hammering Germany 4-0 in their previous match.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Group scenarios ahead of final round, and what each team needs to do to qualify
Here's an explainer of the overall qualification criteria and scenarios for each groups of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 going into the final round
Catch the live scores and updates from the Group C match between Costa Rica and Guinea.
Costa Rica, who showed a lot of urgency in their attack in the beginning, gave a good account of themselves before losing through substitute Noah Awuku's late goal against Germany.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany's sloppiness overshadows glimpses of excellence in scrappy Costa Rica win
Germany won, but they almost didn't. They must know that tougher opponents deeper in the competition will pounce on their mistakes and punish them. They must know that they won't get a dozen chances to score against a better defence
A late goal by substitute Noah Awuku lifted Germany to a 2-1 win over Costa Rica in their opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday.
Catch the live scores and updates of the Group C match between Germany and Costa Rica
Germany have made 10 appearances in the tournament but have not won the title so far and are now looking to win this time
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany firm favourites in Group C, but Iran, Costa Rica and Guinea not here to fill numbers
Somewhere in between, camped at one of India's oldest football hotbeds, is Group C, comprising Germany, Iran, Costa Rica and Guinea, which could be one of the most closely fought groups at the World Cup.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Complete squads of India, Brazil and other participating teams in mega event
With just over a week to go for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 to commence, the 24 participating teams have announced their squad.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Low online sales in Goa prompt organisers to install ticket counters at stadium
Low online ticket sales in Goa has prompted the Local Organising Committee of the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup to install ticket counters near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: 'Composed' Costa Rica must break quarters jinx to emulate senior side's success
Costa Rica young guns must take a leaf out of their senior side's book and beat the odds to script yet another thrilling story at a FIFA event.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Drawn in tricky Group C, Iran will have to be more than pragmatic to make an impact
Pragmatism may have secured Iran's entry into the World Cup, but they will need much more to succeed at the World Cup in October.
Margao will play host to Germany, Iran, Guinea and Costa Rica with Brazil and Niger playing their final Group D match at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Germany will be under scrutiny come October when they arrive in India in search of their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup title after the senior teams have exceeded expectations in recent years.