FIFA U17 World Cup: Germany-Brazil quarter-final clash can set new records

Kolkata: The much anticipated quarter final clash between Brazil and Germany can set new records with the organisers expecting a full house at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday. The match is billed as the final before the mega final on October 28. As many as 56000 spectators are expected for the match that will be higher than the turnout for the England-Japan clash. There was 53000 plus spectators for the pre-quarter final clash.

"All tickets for Sunday's game were sold out well in advance," a LOC official said.

"The buzz has increased expectedly after Brazil were drawn with Germany and we have been getting a number of calls from friends and family and also random people as to how tickets can be obtained. They just don't want to believe the match is sold out," the official, not authorised to speak on record, added.

It is anticipated that the soccer crazy fans in the city will be mostly cheering for Brazil. The rivalry between the two great sides on the soccer field has always been a treat to watch. Remember Germany annihilated Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup at Belo Horizonte much to the disappointment for the Selecao fans. The Latin American giants took a sweet revenge by winning the final against the Germans at the Rio Olympics final.

Meanwhile, Brazil coach Amadeu Carlos has said they are not thinking about the 7-1 loss to Germany in the senior World Cup three years back, rather the focus is to take inspiration from the Rio Olympic gold which they bagged avenging their World Cup defeat in 2016.

"We just don't want to remember what happened in Belo Horizonte. Already three years have gone since that took place.

"We prefer to recall the occasion when we won the Olympic gold medal at the Maracana, which was only a year ago. In fact, that's what is fresh on our minds. In other words, that's our inspiration and keeping us motivated," Amadeu said at a city hotel, after the Brazilian contingent's arrival on Thursday evening.

Brazil are keeping track of how Germany have fared so far in the competition, especially how they played in their 4-0 bashing of Colombia in the pre-quarters.

"I have watched Germany's game against Colombia and noted down the points that could prove to be critical. So, we are doing the kind of homework that needs to be done," Amadeu said.

Come Sunday as all roads will lead to the colossal Salt Lake Stadium, to watch one of the most enthralling contest in the FIFA U17 World Cup.


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