FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 will be played on Indian Soil

FIFA

FIFA

The FIFA executive committee declared that India will be given an opportunity to host their first FIFA event in the form of Under-17 World Cup Football.

This will be the biggest Football event India has ever witnessed. Other countries in the race to grab this big event were Ireland, Uzbekistan and South Africa.

“India confirmed by the FIFA ExCo as host of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017,” FIFA tweets after the meeting.

“Yes, India has won the right to host the 2017 Under-17 World Cup Football. It’s official now,” All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das.

FIFA under-17 World Cup 2017 will be a 24-nation extravaganza. A meeting was held at Salvador de Bahia, Brazil on 5th December 2013, to decide the tournament venue. The venue has been distributed among a few major cities namely New Delhi, Margao, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochi and Guwahati.

President of AIFF, Praful Patel, congratulated India for this historic development.

He said, “This is historic. This is what we have been waiting for. I need to thank the FIFA Executive Committee for keeping their trust in us and granting India the rights to host the 2017 U-17 World Cup. I am also grateful to the Government of India for their support and giving us the necessary guarantees which made it possible for India to bid for the 2017 World Cup,”

The Sports Minister also cherishes this moment and did not hesitate to provide further details regarding the expenditure of this event.

“While the expenditure for upgradation of stadia (Rs 95 crore) will be provided as additional central assistance to the State Governments, a sum of Rs 25 crore is kept as a contingency to ensure smooth conduct of the tournament,” he said.

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Brazil will have the cheapest ever World Cup tickets

Brazil

Brazil

 

Call me a skeptic, but do you think that the 1.2 million people we saw protesting on the streets during the Confederations Cup has had anything to do with the fact that footballs governing body Fifa has decided to sell tickets at a discount as an attempt to lure fans to come to Brazil?

With ticket prices to be announced on July 19th the General Secretary of Fifa Jerome Valcke has said that 70% of the tickets would be less expensive than previous events.

Despite all the public demonstrations against the World Cup and the corruption and crime in the country Fifa President Sepp Blatter claimed the Confederations Cup that ended on Sunday to be a huge success, and when talking to reporters on Monday said:

“I am happy we come to a conclusion now with a sporting result and the impression that the social unrest is now resting – I don’t know how long for.”

The head of the sport’s governing body also went on to talk about reports that some of the stadiums would not be finished in time with some of the grounds having to be adapted at the last minute in order for the Confederations Cup to take place and with fears that the country’s infrastructure would be unable to cope with the amount of expected visitors Blatter went on to say: “When we started the competition there was some uncertainty what would happen.”

When asked about security concerns for the World Cup all Fifa officials would say was that it was a matter for the Brazilian government.

During the Confederations Cup people protesting the event and the fact that Fifa gained tax exempt profits after a high investment of public funds that could have been used to better the lives of ordinary Brazilians the police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowds.

I for one think that the World Cup should have been moved to the United States following the unrest we saw on the streets of Brazil, and that as a fan I put my safety above football so despite loving the game I have no desire to attend the competition in Brazil next summer where I predict there will be more violent protests as people from around the world watch the matches on television.

One final note to the geniuses that organised the Confederations Cup that while I know they could not have predicted who would be in the final. Having the match kick-off at midnight in Europe before a workday was stupid especially when it could have been played on Sunday afternoon instead of at night.