FIFA U-17 WC: Know the venues

India will host its maiden FIFA event when the Under-17 World Cup comes to town on October 6. Here, we take you through the six venues that will, over the next few weeks, witness football action of the highest ilk.

Location: New Delhi
Capacity: 60,000
Memorable matches: The last major event held at the Nehru Stadium was the 2011 SAFF Cup, which India won, upsetting a strong Afghanistan 4-0 in the final. Bhutia’s farewell match, despite being only an exhibition game, saw the likes of Mario Gomez, Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger scoring for the visiting side, which also had Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm in the team.
Matches to look out for: India v USA, Colombia v Ghana, Mali v New Zealand, two round-of-16 ties
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Location: Navi Mumbai
Capacity: 51,000
Memorable matches: DY Patil stadium hosted the first ever IPL final in the year 2008, where Rajasthan Royals beat the much fancied Chennai Super Kings to lift the title. In 2014, it also hosted the first ever Indian Super League final between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters.
Matches to look out for: Mali v Paraguay, New Zealand v Turkey, one quarterfinal and a semifinal.
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Location: Goa
Capacity: 19,000
Memorable matches: In 2014, Bengaluru FC clinched the I-League at this venue in its debut season in Indian football, with victory over Dempo. It is also been home to domestic sides like Dempo SC, Churchill Brothers, Sporting Clube de Goa, and Salgaocar SC at various times.
Matches to look out for: Iran v Germany, Brazil v Niger, two round-of-16 matches and one quarterfinal.
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Location: Kochi
Capacity: 41,700
Memorable matches: The India-Iraq semifinal of the 1997 Eider Nehru Cup is still clear in one’s memory. The Nehru Stadium has seen some of the biggest ISL crowds in the country cheering their team Kerala Blasters, which finished runner-up twice.
Matches to look out for: Brazil v Spain, Germany v Guinea, one round-of-16 match and a quarterfinal.
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Location: Guwahati
Capacity: 23,800
Memorable matches: The venue's most memorable game was certainly India's win over Laos in June 2016, when it thumped six goals to register a 6-1 win in a 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier.
Matches to look out for: Japan v France, Mexico v Chile, one quarterfinal and a semifinal.
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Location: Kolkata
Capacity: 66,687
Memorable matches: One of the biggest international stars of contemporary football Lionel Messi made his first appearance as the Argentine captain at this venue in 2011. The stadium has also hosted the testimonial match of iconic German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who turned out for the final time for his club Bayern Munich in a friendly against Mohun Bagan on May 27, 2008.
Matches to look out for: England v Chile, Mexico v Iraq, England v Mexico, one round-of-16 fixture, one quarterfinal, the third place play-off match and the final.
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