FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India coach Luis Norton de Matos says team failed to trouble USA in opener
India coach Luis Norton De Matos on Friday said his side failed to cause the problems for their opponents in their first match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
India showed heart but lacked in skill and quality with a much superior United States of America handing them a sound 3-0 thrashing in the opening encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, on Friday.
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Hosts India on the cusp of history, set to make debut in clash against USA
Odds seem to be heavily against India as the players have lacked competitive matches, besides having not attended any professional academies, unlike their American counterparts.
At the senior level, international squads are not dominated by any one batch of any age group
Catch the images of India's U-17 team in their training session ahead of their debut match against United States.
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India's Luis Norton de Matos says team has 'small percentage' of beating USA
Portuguese de Matos said India, making their debut in the FIFA U-17 showpiece event, would look to be a strong defensive unit and hit on counter attacks through quick transitions from defence to offence.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India senior team captain Sunil Chhetri pens emotionally charged letter to young side
India's highest goal scorer in internationals, Chhetri, in an emotionally charged message, told the boys to "take the stage" as the seniors "take the stands", bringing out the fan in them.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: With books in tow, teens from different nations seeking footballing glory in India
Teams like England and Germany fly down tutors during tournaments like the U-17 World Cup to ensure that footballers don't miss out on academics.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: With spruced up Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi looks to shed 'uninspiring' tag
Now that the World Cup is here, New Delhi is hoping to shed some of the baggage that is readily associated with it. It is often found to be dull, uninspiring and a hassle-prone venue. For once, Delhi has shown that it cares.
India are, by all accounts, in a tough Group A alongside Colombia, Ghana and the USA. But debuting and hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup is a truly momentous occasion for Indian football.
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Buoyed by foreign exposure trips, confident India ready for biggest challenge yet
India have been placed in a tough group, which they co-habit along with North American heavyweights USA, African giants Ghana and South American heavy-hitters Colombia.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Coach Luis Norton de Matos believes India can put 'strong teams under pressure'
Matos was appointed India U-17 head coach in March this year and in a short span of time, he has tried to build a team ready to fight the best, and the Portuguese is now optimistic.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu hopes mega event will boost game's development in India
With just eight days to go for the biggest footballing event India has ever witnessed, senior team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu called it a great honour.
India play the USA on 6 October, before locking horns with Colombia and Ghana on 9 October and 12 October respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the capital.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: AIFF optimistic about Indian football team's future, but let's wait and watch
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India coach Luis Norton de Matos calls side's relative inexperience a 'big problem'
"Big problem of the national team (U-17) within this level is the experience. (But) I'm not nervous I'm very confident with this team," Matos said.
With exactly 10 days to go for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Local Organising Committee chairman Praful Patel on Tuesday declared that India is "100 percent ready" to host the event, while the host nation's coach Luis Norton de Matos said he is "not nervous but confident".