Can India U'17 team claim the title?
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The fact is can India stop the defending champions, other countries like Brazil, Mexico and many other countries which always light up in the tournament, India hosting the tournament can become a good chance for the country to make a historic debut in terms of football. For India to claim the title , it will be a historical time for India especially for the current Prime minister Narendra Modi Ji and all Asian countries for first FIFA trophy in history.
The tournament draws is not made by FIFA but I will be predict and place India in group A which include Brazil, Ghana, and Mexico. I can call this group as the dead group with the teams with more historic fact on the tournament. Let's look at the performance of all teams on previous tournament.
1. Brazil U17' : National team for Brazil also called as Seleção Sub-17, controlled by the Brazilian Football confederation who have claimed the title three times and are still hunting for the 2017 tournament.
2. Ghana U17: Ghana National Team also called as the Black Starlets have won the tittle twice in 1991 and 1995 and are much more than ready to claim the 2017 title.
3. Mexico U17: Mexico National Team also called as The Hero Boys controlled by the Mexican Football Federation won the the title twice in 2005 and 2011, there are the first country thay claimed the title as host and are ready to show their master class and fight for the third title.
India have never played the tournament in history, 2017 will be the first year for india to play the tournament, as hosts they are to play automatically without any qualifications. Their matches history are :
China 2– 1 India. (Bangkok 20th August 1984)
India 13–0 Macau. (Bangkok 27th August 1984)
India 0–8 Uzbekistan. (Tashkent, Uzbekistan; 5 October 2011)
Russia 8–0 India. (Saint Petersburg, Russia; 8 January 2017)
Italy 1– 2 India (Italy 2017)
With this i can say All india football federation have a vital role to play in order to choose the best among the kids to represent the nation and make it to have a remarkable time in football to claim the title.
The depending champions Nigeria will not play india because they failed to qualify for the CAF qualification.