Road to U-17 World Cup: India’s progress under Luis Norton de Matos | Soccer Sport News

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Road to U-17 World Cup: India’s progress under Luis Norton de Matos | Soccer Sport News

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) relieved German coach Nicolai Adam of his duties as the Head Coach of the Indian U-17 National Team in January, with less than nine months to go for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup that is to be held in India in October this year.

Results under former coach Nicolai Adam

In came former SL Benfica ‘B’ coach Luís Norton de Matos to take over the reigns of India’s U-17 World Cup team. The Portuguese-born was among the eight candidates shortlisted by the AIFF which included the likes of Edgar Borges, Oscar Bruzon, Colm Toal, Stuart Pearce and Abraham Garcia.

De Matos was meant to begin his charge with twin friendlies against Mali which were scheduled to be held in Mumbai, in April. However, due to the suspension of the African country by FIFA, the games had to be deferred and the 63-year-old started his stint with a practice match against the India U-16 team before embarking on foreign tours.

INDIA U-17 TEAM PRACTICE MATCH IN GOA
Match No. Date Opponent Score Result
128/3/2017India U-165-0Won

The India U-17 coach began his set of games to be played overseas against Vitoria de Stubal, a team de Matos coached in the top-flight of Portuguese football.

INDIA U-17 TEAM FRIENDLIES IN PORTUGAL
Match No. Date Opponent Score Result
118/4/2017Vitoria de Setubal U-171-2Lost
225/4/2017Belenenses U-171-2 Lost
327/4/2017SL Benfica U-172-2 Draw
41/5/2017Estoril U-17 1 -4 Lost
55/5/2017SL Benfica U-170-3 Lost
69/5/2017Sporting CP U-171-2 Lost

The Young Tigers would continue touring Europe in between of which they participated in the Lazio Cup in Italy.

Indian U-17 World Cup Squad’s clash against Italy U-17 National Team.

INDIA U-17 TEAM EUROPEAN TOUR RESULTS
Match No. Date Opponent Score Result
116/5/2017Paris Saint Leu U-171-1 Draw
219/5/2017Italy XI* U-172-0 Won

*youth players from clubs in Lega Pro and Lega Pro 2

INDIA U-17 TEAM AT THE LAZIO CUP
Match No. Date Opponent Score Result
123/5/2017Lega Pro U-171-1Draw
224/5/2017Lazio U-170-0Draw
225/5/2017Valmontone City U-173-0Won

FIFA U17 World Cup: Introductory guide

 INDIA U-17 TEAM EUROPEAN TOUR RESULTS
Match No. Date Opponent Score Result
12/6/2017Grund 1986 FC U-1712-2 Won
27/6/2017Serbia U-170-0 Draw
314/6/12017Macedonia U-170-0 Draw
424/6/2017Complutense Alcala U-1711-0 Won
529/6/2017Alcorcon U-171-2Lost

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