Brazil reaches India for U-17 World Cup

Brazil, the second most-successful nation in FIFA U-17 World Cup history with three titles and two second-place finishes, arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Brazilian players pose after reaching Mumbai on Tuesday.   -  Vijay Bate

Brazil, the second most-successful nation in FIFA U-17 World Cup history with three titles and two second-place finishes, arrived in India on Tuesday.

It will start its preparation for the mega tournament with a practice match against New Zealand on Thursday.

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The South American U-17 champion (Nigeria won maximum five times) has in its ranks the 16-year-old forward Vinicius Junior — who has been taken on loan by Real Madrid for a reported 38.7 million pounds from Flamengo Club. The deal will become operative in July 2018 when he turns 18.

Coached by Carlos Amadeu, Brazil qualified for this edition of the World Cup, topping the South American U-17 Championships, with maximum goals (24) and conceding the least goals (three). Vinicius emerged top-scorer with seven goals for the side.

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Brazil is in Group D this time and will take on Spain on October 7 at Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Niger and DPR Korea (North Korea) are other sides set to play against the three-time winner. Vinicius and his team-mates will be expected to emulate former U-17 performers like Ronaldinho, Neymar, Marcelo, Adriano.

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