Does the U-17 World Cup open the door of India to big stage?

By: Kev Rob


Football being the stature of the sport that it is, has been graced with august presence of superstars. And what can be better than seeing all of them together going head to head to win the biggest trophy of them all in the grandest stage? Yes the competition is intense and the national pride is at stake with the World Cup. The team that wins the competition manages to get their names etched in the history books and gets all the accolades for their national colours. With the world cup currently in full swing in India for the first time in the history of the nation, it is expected to enjoy grand success. Several top teams from around the world have taken part into the competition with the aim of getting into the finals and winning the under-17 world cup for their nation.
India is considered to be a sleeping giant in the footballing world. The nation with a population in excess of a billion, has managed to scout players from all over the country and assemble a team worthy enough of getting into the tournament. The young talents have been spotted and nurtured well enough to earn a lot of attention from the population of the country in which football takes a backseat and cricket is considered to be a religion. These young players have performed well all over the world and beaten some top teams from top nations in the quest to be future stars for the nation. Even through India has been knocked out of the tournament; the team has shown grit and determination and earned a lot of praise from the masses in general after trying their heart out in the playing field. Such has been the performances of some players that scouts from top clubs have been impressed with them.
Players like Dheeraj and KomalThattal have been splendid for the side and has been brilliant throughout the tournament. So what does this event mean for the country? Hosting an event of the statute of the world cup will surely rake in the moolah as it will draw crowds and in turn ensure ticket sales. On top of that, the brand exposure that the country will get in the world stage of football would be massive. The ability to host events of this stature and providing the proper infrastructure and accommodation to the visiting teams would be a massive plus point. If the youngsters are given more chances and nurtured under the able hands of the best in the business, this team will go a long way and l someday represent the country in the senior world cup finals.
This under-17 team has shown a lot of promise with their performances and it will be viable if they are provided with the proper infrastructure and training facilities. If this country manages to make the most out of this situation and bring in the necessary changes, India will go a long way in the near future as a host country and a world beater as well.

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