FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 tour diary: Kochi's yellow fever, Mali's patriotic training sessions and other tidbits
With the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 behind us, here's a look at some of the tidbits from the left flank to the right, and the stands too.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: England ride on Phil Foden's brace to thrash European champions Spain in final
The 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World in India turned out to be a milestone event as it became the most attended and the highest scoring tournament ever.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Brazil played their worst game in two and half years, says coach after win
Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu on Saturday said they experienced their worst game in two and half years, after an unconvincing 2-0 win over Mali to finish third in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Kolkata.
A goalkeeping howler and Yuri Alberto's opportunistic late strike were enough for Brazil to beat Mali 2-0 in an uninspiring match and finish third in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Kolkata on Saturday.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 3rd-place play-off, Brazil vs Mali, Football Match Result: Brazil beat Mali to finish 3rd
Catch all the live coverage of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 3rd-place play-off match between Brazil and Mali.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Brazil, Mali coaches stress on 'more balanced competition' like European leagues
Brazil coach Amadeu, however, said it's an honour to be among the top four teams among the 24 qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Mali coach advocates for goalline technology after being denied goal against Spain
"The referee is a human being. He can commit errors," said Jonas Kokou Komla.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Spain's short passing game downs Mali; sets up final with continental rivals England
Spain's movement in intricate patterns with sharp one-touch or maybe two-touch passes caused a headache for Mali in the semi-final.
Spain scored twice in the first half, both the goals coming from their ebullient striker Abel Ruiz, and added one more through a headed goal by Ferran Torres.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 semi-final, Mali vs Spain, Football Match Result: La Roja beat Mali to reach finals
Catch all the live score and updates of the FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final match between Mali and Spain.
Spain might have an extra edge going into the clash at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, but Mali's direct football can shake up the technically sound Spanish midfield
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Spain coach Santi Denia admits loss to Brazil in group clash served as wake-up call
Denia said: "We quickly realised we had to get better and that was our job - the coaching staffs. And that's what we have been doing and that's what we have to do in order to have a chance tomorrow."
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany coach was right; poor refereeing turning out to be a bane in showpiece event
While Weverson scored the equaliser in the 71st minute for the Brazilians, an elbow to one of the Germany players went unnoticed.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: How Arsene Wenger's first boss Jean-Marc Guillou is powering Mali's charge
Jean-Marc Guillou, who gave Arsene Wenger his first coaching break, is the man behind the footballing revolution brewing in Mali, who have made it to the semi-final of this year's FIFA U-17 World Cup having lost in the final last time around.
Experience became the undoing of Ghana as Mali waddled through difficult conditions to become the first side to register a spot in the final four of the competition.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Ghana's coach says Mali match should have been postponed due to bad pitch conditions
Ghana coach Paa Kwesi Fabin on Saturday said that their FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinal match against Mali, which was played under very bad ground conditions due to incessant rain should have been postponed and played on another day.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 quarter-final, Mali vs Ghana, Football Match Result: Mali beat Ghana to reach semis
Catch all the live score and updates from the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 quarter-final clash between Mali and Ghana.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Mali, Ghana face off in all-African battle royale for spot in the semi-finals
The northeast of India will witness an all-African battle royale between Ghana and Mali that will ensure the last team standing from the continent in the semi-finals.
Ghana had been beaten 1-0 by Mali in the final of the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations, and they would be determined to avenge that loss.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Ghana Supporters Union provide music for 'fleet-footed' Black Starlets' dance
In the stands, a total of 43 members from the Ghana Supporters Union made the noise, screaming their lungs out and grooving like there is no tomorrow.