It was an unforgettable day for Indian football as the FIFA Legends took on a team containing Arjuna Award winner Oinam Bembem Devi, Indian women's national team captain Ngangom Bala Devi, two kids from Mission XI Million (the legacy programme for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017), Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise Babul Supriyo and Bollywood film-maker Shoojit Sircar.
Football fans in Mumbai cheered for both teams at the match, which ended 5-4 in favour of the FIFA Legends. Fernando Morientes scored four goals, while Bala Devi was the standout performer for the Indian icons, scoring two goals and providing an assist.
Emmanuel Amuneke, winner of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with Nigeria as coach, said: “I think that when coaching U-17 players, the most important thing is to try to make sure they see you as someone who can add to their game. Try as much as you can to guide them and don’t forget that there are distractions going on in their minds. The most important thing is to bring them to a level where they can compete with teams all over the world.”
Fernando Morientes added: “Infrastructure and coaching can help create an ecosystem that can be conducive to the transition between youth and senior teams. That’s what Spain and France have been doing all these years. The infrastructure must start from school level, and continue right to the top.”
Marcel Desailly remarked: “This is a huge opportunity for Indian kids to develop the game and hopefully see their national team taking to the international stage at youth level.”
In only a month’s time, India will host its first-ever FIFA tournament, and the milestone occasion of the FIFA Legends match was made even more momentous with the launch of the competition’s Official Song, “Kar Ke Dikhla De Goal”, which roughly translates as “Show That You Can Score a Goal”.
Written by lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya and composed by Pritam, the song features a host of well-known Indian musicians, including Sunidhi Chauhan, Neeti Mohan, Babul Supriyo, Shaan, Papon and Mika along with a cameo rap performance by actor Abhishek Bachchan. The track showcases the vibrancy and uniqueness of India but also resonates with a global audience. The short video clip to the Official Song of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 is now available on FIFA’s YouTube channel.
The Dr. DY Patil Stadium will host eight matches this October, including one semi-final. Fans can still secure their tickets online at www.fifa.com/india2017/ticketing.
FIFA Legends to join Trophy Experience in India
28.08.2017 - FIFA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE : After hosting Carles Puyol, Esteban Cambiasso and Nwankwo Kanu as part of the lead-up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup, India will see FIFA Legends Carlos Valderrama, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Jorge Campos and Emmanuel Amuneke join the Trophy Experience on 6 September to mark “30 days to go” until the start of the first FIFA tournament in the country.
The Legends will take part in the Mumbai leg of the Trophy Experience and will play in an exhibition match at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai to celebrate what is poised to be the biggest football tournament in India’s history.
An iconic star of Colombian and South American football, Carlos Valderrama, “El Pibe”, played in three editions of the FIFA World Cup in a decorated career spanning more than two decades. Fernando Morientes featured in two editions of the FIFA World Cup for Spain and is fondly remembered for his three UEFA Champions League trophies with Real Madrid.
Marcel Desailly was part of the French side that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and went on to captain Les Bleus to two FIFA Confederations Cup titles in 2001 and 2003, winning numerous other trophies along the way. The striker-turned-goalkeeper Jorge Campos revolutionised the art of goalkeeping and was Mexico’s undisputed first-choice custodian in successive editions of the FIFA World Cup – USA 1994 and France 1998.
A former Nigeria international who played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and won Olympic gold in 1996, Emmanuel Amuneke has embarked upon a successful coaching career that saw him lead the Golden Eaglets to glory at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 in Chile.
“The FIFA U-17 World Cup in India will be a milestone in the history of football. I look forward to joining the Trophy Experience, which will bring the excitement of this landmark event even closer to Indian fans. There are great expectations in Colombia ahead of the first participation of our team since Nigeria 2009,” said FIFA Legend Carlos Valderrama.
Expressing his delight at the prospect of hosting five FIFA Legends during the Trophy Experience, LOC Chairman and AIFF President Praful Patel said: “Starting today, we’re just a month away from the biggest football tournament our country has witnessed.
Immense effort has gone into the preparation, both on and off the pitch, and we’re really close to seeing it all bear fruit. Today, as part of the ongoing Official Trophy Experience, we mark the final milestone in the run-up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. In a month’s time, we hope to see spectators turn out in large numbers and play their part in putting India on the global footballing map.”
The Trophy Experience will see the Official Winner’s Trophy of the FIFA U-17 World Cup visit all six host cities of the tournament, giving millions of Indians the chance to be part of the football festival and to see the same trophy that will be lifted at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on 28 October.
India 2017 Trophy Experience launched in New Delhi
18.08.2017: FIFA MEDIA RELEASE : In a first of a kind experience, thousands of children along with dignitaries from the Government of India came together to celebrate the launch of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 Trophy Experience in the capital city of New Delhi.
The official winner’s trophy for FIFA U-17 World Cup was placed at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi earlier today. More than 700 children taking part in the Mission XI Million festival, part of the tournament’s legacy programme got a chance to see the Official Trophy up-close. Mission XI Million festival participant Navdeep Singh from St. Mark’s School became the first Indian to pose with the FIFA U-17 World Cup Official Trophy.
“The winner’s trophy for what will be the first FIFA tournament in India will embark upon an incredible journey starting today and it’s a really special moment for all of us to be here to flag-off the same. All fans of the game get to take a picture with it, to be with something the world will fight for in less than 50 days. I hope more and more people come and be a part of it,” said Shri. Injeti Srinivas, Director General of Sports Authority of India.
Also present at the event were adidas Technical Director and two-time World Cupper for Nigeria, Afolabi Rabiu, Tournament Director, LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup, Javier Ceppi and Project Director, LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup, Joy Bhattacharjya.
Talking about Mission Eleven Million, Afolabi Rabiu said, "The MXIM programme is great initiative to get young kids behind the beautiful game and I'm sure this will go a long way in taking football to the next level in country".
The Winner’s Trophy is set to tour all six tournament host cities over the next five weeks. Football fans and families across India are invited to be part of the Trophy Experience. The idea behind the Trophy Experience is to give Indians a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the FIFA U-17 World Cup Winner’s Trophy up close.
The Official Trophy will be placed at India Gate on Sunday, 20th August where residents from the capital will be able to come and see the silverware the winning team of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will lift on October 28th.
07.08.2017: FIFA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE : The Local Organising Committee and FIFA have today announced the dates of a unique Trophy Experience for India’s first major footballing event: the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
The Trophy Experience will cover almost 9,000km over a 40-day period between August 17 and September 26. Fans will be able to see the Official Winner’s Trophy of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 in the six host cities on the following dates:
New Delhi: 17-22 August
Guwahati: 24-29 August
Kolkata: 31 August - 5 September
Mumbai: 6-10 September
Goa: 14-19 September
Kochi: 21-26 September
Describing the event, Chairman of the LOC Praful Patel said: “The Trophy Experience will mark the last phase of our event promotion and it is very important, because it will give the fans around the country the opportunity to get up close to the same Official Winner’s Trophy that the captain of the winning team of the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be lifting on 28 October in Kolkata. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and we hope that people can come in large numbers to the display locations in the Host Cities.”
Over the next few months, millions of fans in India will get to fulfil their dream of seeing the Official Winners’ Trophy and posing in front of it.
“This initiative is about bringing the excitement of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Trophy Experience closer to India’s fans in the run up to this milestone competition. The trophy embodies both the dreams of the best U-17 players in the world and those of millions of Indian fans who will be hosting the football world in October,” commented FIFA Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Le Floc'h.