KFC NEWS DESK - 03.10.2017: The U 17 England football team arrived at Kolkata today afternoon to participate in the World Cup. A 20 member team along with the coach Steve Cooper landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport from Mumbai. England placed in Group F along with two latin American outfit Chile, Mexico and the Asian champions Iraq.

England football team reached kolkata without their star striker Jadon Sancho. Sancho is expected to join his teammates later and be available for the group stages of the tournament.The star forward was named in England's 21-member squad but did not travel with the team as his club Borussia Dortmund did not grant permission. England will face Chile on the 8th of October at the Salt Lake stadium at 5 pm.

The squad:
Goalkeepers: Curtis Anderson (Manchester City), Josef Bursik (Stoke City), William Crelin (Fleetwood Town)

Defenders: Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham Hotspur), Joel Latibeaudiere (Manchester City), Marc Guehi (Chelsea), Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), Morgan Gibbs White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tashan Oakley Boothe (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Angel Gomes (Manchester United), Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace), George McEachran (Chelsea)

Forwards: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Callum Hudson Odoi (Chelsea), Philip Foden (Manchester City), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal), Rhian Brewster (Liverpool), Danny Loader (Reading)

South Korea  	2007       Quarter-finals  
Mexico       	2011 	Quarter-finals 	 
UAE          	2013 	Did not qualify
Chile        	2015 	Group stage 	 
India        	2017 	Qualified 
Denmark 	2002 	3rd Place 	 
Portugal 	2003 	4th place 	 
France 		2004 	4th place 	 
Belgium 	2007 	Runners-up 	 
Liechtenstein 	2010 	Champions 	 
Malta 		2014 	Champions 	 
Croatia 	2017 	Runners-up 	 
Road to India
England headed into the 2017 UEFA U-17 European Championship finals full of confidence, thanks to a 100 per cent record in both the qualifying round and elite round. The Young Lions’ self-assuredness was fully justified as they missed out on the title at Croatia 2017 by a matter of seconds, due to a dramatic final against Spain. Having reached India 2017 by seeing off British Isles rivals Republic of Ireland in the quarter-final, and reaching the continental finale by defeating Turkey, Nacho Diaz’s equaliser in the sixth minute of stoppage time saw the final go to a penalty shootout. The Spaniards converted all four of their spot kicks to emerge victorious, with England only able to net a sole penalty in reply.


Byju’s completes, Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited and NTPC Limited National Supporter roster for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

03.10.2017 - FIFA U17 W.C PRESS RELEASE : A significant milestone was reached in the build-up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, which will take place across six Host Cities as of 6 October 2017, as education technology firm Byju’s became the latest high-profile company to join the roster of National Supporters for the tournament.

Founded in 2007, Byju’s is India’s leading education technology provider and encourages children to “fall in love with learning”. Focused on creating personalised and engaging learning experiences with technology as an enabler, over 8 million students have so far taken advantage of the learning platform.

Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited to provide solid support for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

FIFA has signed yet another National Supporter for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, with Dalmia Cement Bharat Ltd coming on board to support the tournament, which kicks off on 6 October 2017. With over 70 years of expertise and experience, Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited is a leader in cement manufacturing and in creating and implementing green and eco-friendly solutions.

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and President of the All India Football Federation Praful Patel said: “Dalmia has shown its commitment to the future of Indian youth with its partnership with the FIFA U-17 World Cup. We welcome them and salute their commitment.”

FIFA signs up NTPC Limited for FIFA U-17 World Cup

The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 has added another National Supporter to its portfolio, with NTPC Limited coming on board for the tournament.

Ranked 400th in the “2016 Forbes Global 2000” ranking of the world’s biggest companies, NTPC is India’s largest energy conglomerate. The company is also involved in a wide range of projects including basic infrastructure development, education, community health & sanitation, capacity-building and gender empowerment.

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and President of the All India Football Federation Praful Patel said: “The support that we are getting from the Indian industry is truly heartening. NTPC has shown its commitment to building the nation through sport.”




KFC NEWS DESK-02.10.217: The Asian champions Iraq arrived at Kolkata to participate in the U 17 World Cup. Iraq is placed in Group F along with England, Mexico and Chile. The 21 member Iraqi squad along with their coach Qahtan Jathir and six support staff reached Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport around 2 a.m. in the morning by a Quatar Airways flight. The first match of Iraq will be on the 8th of October against Mexico at Vivekananda Yubabharati Kriangan.

Iraq were the champions of the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship, defeating Iran in the final. But Iraq had a miserable performance in the last tournament in the year 2013 lost all the three matches against Sweden, Mexico and Nigeria.

The squad:
Goalkeepers: Ali Ibadi (Air Force Athletic Club), Mustafa Zuhair (Naft Al-Wasat SC), Abdulazeez Ammar (Al Shorta SC)

Defenders: Ammar Mohammed (Al Talaba SC), Maytham Jabbar (Al Shola), Muntadher Mohammed (Al Kahraba), Muntadher Abdulsada (Al Hidood), Abdulabbas Ayad (Al Talaba SC), Mohammed Al-Baqer (Al Sina’a FC), Ali Raad (Al Hidood)

Midfielders: Habeeb Mohammed (Al Talaba SC), Saif Khalid (Al Talaba SC), Mohammed Ridha (Al Talaba SC), Abbas Ali (Al Hussein SC), Bassam Shakir (Al Karkh SC), Mohammed Ali (Al Nagda), Moamel Karim (Al Shorta SC), Ahmed Sartip (Gas Al Shemal)

Forwards: Mohammed Dawood (Al Naft SC), Ali Kareem (Baghdad FC), Alaa Adnaan (Al Nagda)

Coach: Qahtan Chitheer Darin AL-RUBAYE (IRQ)

Road to India
Iraq emerged victorious from the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship, defeating Iran in the final to become Asian champions for the first time. After finishing second in Group C, they saw off the challenge of Uzbekistan (2-0) in the quarter-finals, booking their berth at India 2017 in the process. In the last four, the young Iraqis eliminated Japan, prior to getting the better of Iran on penalties after the showpiece match had ended 0-0.
29.09.2016 : IRAN - 0-0, 3-4 (Pen) - IRAQ
IRN : Sharifi 19'
NOK : Kye Tam 80' (pen.)
29.09.2016 :SEMI FINAL MATCH :: IRAQ - 4-2 - Japan
IRQ : Dawood 18', 81' (pen.), 90+4' (pen.), Abdulsada 67'
JAP: Yamada 29', 42'

26.09.2016 : Uzbekistan - 0-2 - Iraq
IRQ : Dawood 7', 79'
22.09.2016 : GR. LEAGUE: Oman - 1-1 - Iraq
OMA :Al Alawi 90'
IRQ:Dawood 37'
19.09.2016 : Malaysia - 1-1 - Iraq
IRQ : Ridha Jalil 43'
MAL : Aliff Haiqal 86'
16.09.2016 : South Korea - 1-2 - Iraq
SOU: Jeong Chan-young 43'
IRQ : Muntadher Mohammed 45+2' (pen.), 50' (pen.)
UAE 		2013 		Gr. stage   
 AFC U-16 Championship Record    
Qatar 		1985 	3RD Place 	 
Thailand 	1988 	4TH place 	 	  
India 		2016 	Champions  
WAFF Championship Finals Record   
Iran 		2005 	Third place 	  
Jordan 		2009 	Third place 	 
Palestine 	2013 	Champions 	 
Jordan 		2015 	Champions 
Arab U-17 Championship  
Tunisia 	2012 	Runners-up 	 
Qatar 		2014 	Champions 	 


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KFC NEWS DESK - 01.10.2017: A 21 member Chile U-17 contingent reached Kolkata to participate in the World Cup. Chile is the first team from Group F to reach the "City Of Joy" to play their first match against England on the 8th of October at the Salt Lake stadium. Chile are in Group F which is reckon as a Group of Death along with England, Mexico and Iraq, the Asian champions.

A 21 member team along with their coach, Argentine goalkeeper Hernan Caputo and the support staffs arrived at the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International Airport at the early hours and checked into a city hotel which is under a strong security control.

This will be Chile’s fourth appearance at a FIFA U-17 World Cup and second in a row after hosting the tournament in 2015, where they made it to the last 16 stage. The Chile team is being managed by Hernan Caputo, are one of the strong contenders of the tournament.

The squad:
Goalkeepers: Julio Borquez, Rodrigo Cancino, Hugo Araya

Defenders: Gaston Zuniga, Matias Silva, Lucas Alarcon, Sebastian Valencia, Yerco Oyanedel, Nicolas Aravena.

Midfielders: Martin Lara, Mauricio Morales, Oliver Rojas, Branco Provoste, Maximiliano Guerrero
Forwards: William Gama, Ignacio Contreras, Ignacio Mesias, Diego Valencia, Jairo Vasquez, Pedro Campos, Antonio Diaz O'Higgins.

 FIFA Under-17 World Cup     
Year 		Round  Position 	 
China 		1985   Did Not Qualify
Canada 		1987   Did Not Qualify
Scotland 	1989   Did Not Qualify
Italy 		1991   Did Not Qualify
Japan 		1993   Third Place 	 
Ecuador 	1995   Did Not Qualify
Egypt 		1997   Group Stage 	 
New Zealand 	1999   Did Not Qualify
Chile 		2015   Round of 16  
FIFA U-17 World Cup : Third place : 1993
S. American U-17    : Runners-ups : 1993, 2017
                      Third place : 1997 


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Colombia U-17 World Cup Team earns a hard fought victory 1-0 against Minerva Punjab FC U-20 ( scorer-Deyman Andres Cortes)

MPFC PRESS RELEASE - 27.09.2017: : With just 12 days remaining for the U-17 World Cup to be hosted in India, South American giants Colombia's U17 Football Team had the first taste of Indian Football at the Heritage Academy Grounds, Gurgaon when they hosted Minerva Punjab FC's U20 in a Friendly on today at 7pm.

It was no surprise for the Indian Football fans as the South American giants choose to play the Mohali based club in their first practice match on Indian Soil as Minerva Punjab FC have been in the news lately for contributing over 18 players in various age groups for Indian National Football Team and 4 to the Indian U-17 World Cup team who will host Colombia U-17 On 9th at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Minerva Punjab FC's Asst. Coach Sachin Bahadhe fielded a much competative side for the historical game with local Goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh bought in to guard the woodwork and punjabi defender Kamalpreet Singh along with Ibrahim, newly recruit Mumbaikar Rahul Das and Salman Lateef in the backline.

The Game started with the Colombian team making a quick attack and earning an early corner, But the kick landed into safe hands of Minervan Custodian Arshdeep Singh. The next couple of moments saw the young Los Cafeteros making continues moves to penetrate in the Minervans backline with Midfielders Andrés Felipe Perea and Etilso Martínez Palacio trying to set up thru balls for attacker Déiber Caicedo but some fierce defending by Minervan Kamalpreet Singh saw their intentions denied.

The best chance in the first half came in the 18th Minute for Colombia when Midfielder Brayan Gómez freekick was denied by Arshdeep's acrobatic save, but soon after in the 25th Minute Striker Deyman Andrés Cortés gave the lead thru a fine finish in thefar left post to make the scoreline 1-0 in their favour. The final moments of the half saw Minervan Striker Luntinmang Haokip trying to swift past the Colombian backline but the alert Los Cafeteros defender Juan Peñaloza averted the danger.

A much needed motivational talk by Gaffer Sachin Bahadhe & CEO Ranjit Bajaj saw the boys come roaring back as they started on a positive note and earning an early free kick on the edge of the box, Former Okyeman Planners FC & Middlesbrough U23 midfielder Minerva's newest 20 year old Ghanian recruit William Opoku Asiedu stepped up to convert the kick but his shot missed the woodwork by inches. Soon after, Md. Ajruddin made a beautiful shuffle past defenders Juan Peñaloza and Thomás Gutiérrez but missed the final touch.

The Minervans were much dominant in the 2nd Half held on maximum ball posession. Midfielder Moinuddin too anchored in some wonderful thru balls for Ajaryddin and Haokip Mang but the latter failed to make the best of it. Former India U15 Captain Krishna Pandit had the chance of the game when he had a 1-on-1 with the Colombian custodian, but was bought down and denied a penalty too !



AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 21.09.2017: beckons for Indian football as twenty one players have been selected for the first ever Indian squad to participate in a FIFA World Cup, the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad, which will participate in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India.
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India have been drawn in Group A alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana, and will face USA on October 06, followed by Colombia and Ghana on October 09 and October 12 respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

GOALKEEPERS: Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal
DEFENDERS: Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Hendry Antonay, Namit Deshpande
MIDFIELDERS: Suresh Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Abhijit Sarkar, Komal Thatal, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Md. Shahjahan
FORWARDS: Rahim Ali, Aniket Jadhav

"We believe that we are prepared for the FIFA U-17 World Cup”, said Head Coach of the India U-17s Luis Norton de Matos. “We have worked hard and made progress, but at the same time we go directly to a high level competition against some of the best teams in the world” “We will fight to win each match even if there is only five percent chance of winning. We will not give up and nothing is impossible in football”

“We plan to show the world that we are on the same page as them”, Matos added.
In an effort to field a strong team for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) provided exposure tours for the India U-17s wherein the Indian Colts faced Macedonia, Serbia and Benfica amongst other teams. The Indian Colts had also participated in a Four-Nation Tournament in Mexico where they lost against Mexico and Colombia, but held Chile to a 1-1 draw with ten-man.

“Against Chile and Macedonia we registered good results but the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be a competition and competitions are different from friendly matches”, Matos informed. “However, the level of the players is very high and we plan to give it our all once the FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks-off”, Matos quipped.


Minerva colts invited to play a friendly against Columbia U-17 World Cup team.

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MPFC PRESS RELEASE - 21.09.2017: After being the only team from the entire country to have been invited to play India U-17 World Cup team in Goa few months ago, Northeastern powerhouse and India's largest football Academy Minerva Punjab FC add another feather to their cap as they are invited to play Columbian U-17 World Cup team in a friendly match in Gurgaon on 27th September.

Colombia sealed their entry into the U-17 World Cup in dramatic style with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Paraguay in the last group match of the South American U-17 Championship (Campeonato Sudamericano Sub-17) could be tournament's dark horses and are no stranger to the FIFA U-17 as they previously made it to the FIFA U-17 World Cup on five occasions, their best finish came in Finland 2003 and Nigeria 2009, when they finished third.

The Los Cafeteros U-17 team have already undergone three training camps ever since sealing qualification, with one of them happening in the seaside city of Barranquilla, where temperatures are closest to what the team will experience in India.

Meanwhile Minerva Punjab FC Owner & CEO Ranjit Bajaj fell short of words to express how fortunate he was to have been getting a chance to test his Academy products against the finest talents of International Football.

Ironically, Columbia are placed in Group A with the likes of United States of America (USA), Two-time champions at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Ghana and Host country India which comprises of 5 Minervan players namely defending strong holds Anwar Ali and Narender Gahlot, Midfield general Jackson Singh and strikers Nongdamba Naorem and Shubhan Sarangi.



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KFC NEWS DESK - 21.09.2017: The South American nation Columbia is the first team to arrive at India to participate in the U - 17 World Cup. Columbia is placed in Group A, will play two of their group matches in New Delhi and one match in Navi Mumbai. The team reached Indira Gandhi International airport at New Delhi at around 3 pm in the morning.


        GK	Nicolas Gomez Londono	
	GK	Kevin Mier
	GK	Daniel Melo Cabarcas

	DF	Andres Balanta
	DF	Robert Mejía
	DF	Christian Andrade
	DF	Thomas Gutierrez
	DF	Juan Penaloza

	MF	Gustavo Adolfo Gomez
	MF	Luis Miguel Lopez
	MF	Yadir Meneses Betancur
	MF	Andres Felipe Perea
	MF	Brayan Gomez
	MF	Guillermo Tegue Caicedo
	MF	Etilso MartInez Palacio
	MF	Fabian Angel

	FW	Deiber Caicedo
	FW	Deyman AndrEs Cortés
	FW	Jaminton Campaz
	FW	Santiago Barrero
	FW	Juan David Vidal

        COACH - Orlando Restrepo - Colombia

Columbia finished third in the South American U-17 Championship that was held earlier this year and qualify to play the tournament. While interacting in the early morning the Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo said, “We’re delighted to be here. The boys and the staff are all looking forward to a competitive tournament where we will put our best foot forward”.

Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi said, "It is very exciting to have Colombia as the first team coming into the country. With their arrival, the Tournament now enters into the last stage, with the National Teams starting their preparations actually on-ground to get used to the conditions in India. We encourage all fans to welcome all the teams that will start arriving from now onwards and to show the hospitality of this wonderful country".

The other nations will arrive India shortly to play the U 17 World Cup.



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KFC NEWS DESK - 14.09.2017: A two member FIFA and AFC delegates today visited East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedhan Sporting Club at Kolkata. The delegates had a close view of the current infrastructure of the club. The two member deligation comprises of FIFA Consultant Mr. Nic Coward and Head of AFC-UEFA Affairs Mr. Alex Phillips.The delegation was accompanied by I league CEO Sunanda Dhar and IMGR official Chirag Tanna. The delegation are in a visit before the finalise the roadmap of Indian football.

East Bengal showed a power point presentation and proposed for a one nation league where 18 teams can participate. Red and Gold made it clear that they will not going to pay the franchisee fee under any circumstances but they are ready to pay the entry fee if required.

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The finance secretary of Mohun Bagan Debasish Dutta informed the delegates regarding the rich heritage of the club. The delegates had a close view of the ground, galleries, fan zone and other important infrastructures of the club. Mohun Bagan informed the delegation that the club was formed in the pre independence era which was long before the the Fedaration was formed.

The FIFA and AFC officials visited Mohammedan Sporting Club tent and had a round of discussion with the officials. In the meeting the Club has demonstrated it's rich legacy and the recent success in Youth Development. The delegates took note of the points made by the Club and praised for it's efforts in Youth Development.

Earlier, yesterday the delegation had a meeting with IFA Secretary Utpal Ganguly and President Subrata Dutta. The IFA officials clearly stated that the clubs of Kolkata, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting are dominating the Indian football since last 100 years with a huge fan base all over the world. So,it will be impractical if the main league of the country organised without the involment of the these Kolkata clubs. The IFA officials informed the deligation regarding the craze of football in CFL and show the video coveragares in this regard.

It is expected that FIFA and AFC will finalise the roadmap of Indian football in the month of November


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KFC NEWS DESK - 01.09.2017: The winners trophy of the U 17 World Cup today unveiled by Shri Aroop Biswas, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of West Bengal at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, Kolkata today. Kolkata, the venew of the final of the Mega football event unveiled the trophy in presence of the footballers of the yester years along with the current squad of the two giants of Indian football East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

The champion trophy of the U 17 world Cup will be Kolkata till Sunday for display. The Trophy will be on display at the Mission XI Million festival at South City International School tomorrow. The trophy will be at Eco park on Sunday for the football lovers.

The distinguish footballers who were present at the function today are Pradip Banerjee, Sayed Naimuddin, Shyam Thapa, Compton Dutta, Bidesh Bose, Krisnendu Roy, Aloke Mukherjee and Prasun Banerjee. The trophy will be handed over to the champions of the tournament at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan on 28 th of October.