FIFA U17 World Cup 2017

AIFF President expressed his delight to host the most successful FIFA U17 World Cup in its history

[caption id="attachment_57034" align="aligncenter" width="580"]WhatsApp Image 2017-10-26 at 3.01.42 PM AIFF President Praful Patel with the FIFA delegates. Image Source: XtraTime[/caption]

Kolkata: The All India Football Federation President Praful Patel expressed his ecatasy about organising the most successful FIFA U17 World Cup in the history of the competition.

The AIFF President was accompanied by Tournament Director Javier Ceppi and Head of FIFA tournament Comittee Jaime Yarza in the press conference.

The AIFF President, who is also the Chairman of the LOC, told the media that India had justified its bid to host the U17 World Cup and that it was now ready to play host to the finest tournaments in world football.

“I am extremely, delighted and satisfied. It was our dream project to host the World Cup. It was a success both in terms of infrastructure, organisation. India has arrived in the world of football and we are ready to host the finest tournaments,” stated the AIFF President.

“The U17 World Cup 2017 is the most watched tournament at the U17 or U20 level. I am really happy and proud,” he said.

The AIFF President had revealed before the start of the tournament that India have bid for the rights to host the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2019. On Thursday he remarked that he will be using the FIFA executive committee meeting in Kolkata on Friday to champion India’s bid.

Mr.Patel stated that the FIFA U17 World Cup has been one of the most watched tournaments in the U20 and U17 level. Attendances at the tournament have been hooping and India is on course to break the attendance records of the inaugural tournament in China back in 1985.

“We have bid for the U20 World Cup to be held in 2019. I don’t know the result yet but I will use all the goodwill. I will be attending the FIFA executive committee meeting tomorrow. I will use this opportunity for the future of Indian football,”.


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