Football fans living in Kochi, India, were delighted to find out last month, their city drew two of the pre-tournament favourites, Brazil and Spain, as well as North Korea and Niger. They will also get to witness title defenders Germany taking on Guinea, whilst also hosting an important Round of 16 match and a quarter-final.
This is the first time that India have hosted the FIFA U17 World Cup which kicks off October 6th and a delighted tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi is hoping Kochi’s local football fans will support all the teams involved.
“One city located in the southern part of India was surely the happiest. The city with some crazy football fans is not only getting an opportunity to witness a FIFA tournament live for the first time in their city but also getting a chance to probably host three of the biggest title contenders with Brazil, Spain and Germany all set to play their group stage games between October 7 and 13,” Ceppi said at a press conference.
“To be honest, a Brazil versus Spain game in a World Cup is as big as it gets and fans in Kochi need to step up and show the true spirit that we know it for,” he added.
The matches were expected to be a sell out but ticket sales have taken a unexpected dip since their release, which had seen sales of an initial 100 per cent in the first two phases. Whilst Calcutta, Guwahati and Delhi have had better success, with two months remaining before the games commence there is still room for sales to pick up.
Phase three of ticket sales began on 21st July with individual match tickets at 25 per cent discount. Fans in Kochi can purchase tickets as low as Rs 60 per game. Get some great betting tips here.