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FIFA U-17 World Cup Director Javier Ceppi calls India a ‘Footballing Nation’

India recorded the highest attendance in a U-17 World Cup with 1,347,131 spectators.

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New Delhi, October 29, 2017 : FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament director Javier Ceppi on Sunday heaped praise on India for hosting the meet and called it a “footballing nation”.

India recorded the highest attendance in a U-17 World Cup with 1,347,131 spectators. The earlier record was held by China in 1985 where 1,230,976 spectators witnessed football’s marquee tournament.

“Three years of hard work by all in LOC (Local Organising Committee) and we can finally say: job was done! India, you are a footballing nation, 1,347,131 fans say so,” Ceppi tweeted. India hosted 23 nations in the just concluded U-17 World Cup. (IANS)

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Venues for South Korea’s Football Friendly Matches Finalised

Football Friendly matches at South Korea's venue finalised

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Football Friendly matches Venues finalised. Flickr
Football Friendly matches Venues finalised. Flickr

South Korea’s football federation, KFA, on Monday confirmed the venues for the upcoming friendly matches of the men’s national team against Costa Rica and Chile at home.

The KFA said the team will take on world No.23 Costa Rica at Goyang Stadium in Goyang, north of Seoul, on September 7 and play against world No.9 Chile in Busan, 450 kilometres southeast of the capital, on September 11.

Friendly matches venues finalised
Friendly matches venues finalised. 

Both matches will kick off at 8 p.m local time, reports Yonhap news agency.

The two friendlies will be world No.57 South Korea’s first two friendly matches after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where they suffered a group stage exit against Germany, Sweden and Mexico.

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South Korea are looking to play the September friendlies under a new coach after  Shin Tae-yong’s contract expired in July. Shin is listed as one of the candidates. (IANS)

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