The day has finally arrived when India is going to play their first-ever FIFA World cup match. It was a dream of every Indian football fan for years to see their national team playing into the FIFA world cup. But, it wasn’t meant to be the way they all dreamed because the god almighty has already written a far better script for Indian Football as they are hosting the FIFA U-17 world cup.
Have you ever seen the teary eyes of a child while seeing his father coming back from the war? Have you ever seen the trembling hands of a beggar while accepting some food to eat? Have you ever seen the big smile on a grandfather’s face when his grandchild hugs him?
If yes, then I’m pretty sure and happy that you can also imagine and feel the tears I have in my eyes because of joy, trembling fingers while pressing these keyboard buttons because of happiness and a big smile on my face. All of this because I dreamed of this day but never knew it’ll come this fast to me. I’m a football writer from India and from writing about European football all the time to writing about the preview of your own country’s first ever FIFA World Cup match is surely an emotional and proud moment for me. This article will go down in the history for me as it is about the first big jump of India’s footballing power.
So, with tight grip on my emotions here I start the preview of India’s first ever FIFA U-17 World Cup match against the United States of America at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. It’s the first group game of both India and USA and will be vital one in the race of top spot in their tight ‘Group A’ which also consist Ghana and Colombia.
It’s not the first time that India is facing USA as a crunching defeat by 4-0 at the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Youth Cup in Goa. USA’s Head Coach John Hackworth has already stated that they should probably be the favorites against India because of the experience they have.
India’s Head Coach Luis Norton de Matos surely will be trying to calm his players down with all the expectations they have on their shoulders. This is a huge match for India and although every Indian fan wants their team to win the opening match of FIFA U-17 world cup, they should also see the real picture also as USA is one of the favorites to win this tournament and a draw against them is going to be a historic result itself and also a vital one.
USA Possible Starting XI:
Dos Santos (GK), Lindsey, Sands, Durkin, Gloster, Acosta, Ferri, Goslin, Akinola, Sargent and Weah.
USA’s Head Coach John Hackworth is a very attack-minded coach and with the kind of players he have on wings back position like Lindsey and Gloster tells us all about his tactics because these two players are very good wing backs and doesn’t shy from going forward and stretching he field for the opposition. Also, Josh Sargent is tipped as one of the stars of the future and keeping him quiet for the whole of 90mins’ is going to be a big-big task for Indian defense.
India Possible Starting XI:
Dheeraj Singh (GK), Sanjeev, Jitendra, Anwar, Deshpande, Suresh, Amarjit, Thatal, Jaekson, Abhijit and Jadhav.
The highlight news for every Indian is that full-back Boris Singh isn’t going to feature in the match against USA due to a suspension after a red card against Saudi Arabia. But, high hopes are still there as Jeakson Singh in the midfield and Anwar Ali in the defense, India can hurt the favorites with Aniket Jadhav upfront. India’s biggest strength lies in set-plays as their tall defenders like Despande and Anwar can score goals if they can get the right services.
Thus, it’s going to be a big-big match for both teams and no wonder USA will shut the possibility of being embarrassed by underestimating the Indian team who will have nearly 40,000 people behind them cheering for them. Well, let’s hope that above all we will have a good game of football and the boys enjoy this game with their heart and give their best. All the best to both the teams and to this tournament also, hope it’ll have a cracking start. Finally, Football takes over, FIFA U-17 World cup is here.
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