FIFA U17 WC: Brazil welcomed by a sea of yellow ahead of Spain clash

The kind of roar that welcomed the side when it arrived on the pitch before the game can only be compared to one that M.S. Dhoni receives when he walks into Chennai's Chepauk Stadium, wearing a Chennai Super Kings jersey.

Replica jerseys were sold outside the stadium for a bargain of 150 Rupees, which many fans gladly lapped up.   -  Shyam Vasudevan

It is a widely agreed fact that Brazil is the favourite to clinch the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup but no one would have predicted the kind of reception the South American footballers received from Kochi's football fans on Saturday.

All roads leading to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium were set ablaze with a fluorescent yellow, the vibrant shade donned by the Brazilian team. There was a palpable sense of excitement in the air and fans across were clad in yellow jerseys, yellow headbands and yellow face-paint. So much so that the auto-rickshaws – shining in a coat of their traditional yellow and black – seemed like one of the many fans thronging to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

And the kind of roar that welcomed the side when it arrived on the pitch before the game can only be compared to one that M. S. Dhoni receives when he walks into Chennai's Chepauk Stadium, wearing a Chennai Super Kings jersey.

Yes, there were a couple of fans here and there who wore the Barcelona jersey or sported Spain's colours on their cheeks, but they simply drowned in the surrounding sea of yellow.

Fans with a banner supporting Korea DPR.   -  Shyam Vasudevan

 

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There were a group of fans walking around with a banner supporting Korea DPR as well, along with a picture of the country's ruler. Who would've known Korea had fans here in good old Kochi?

It's safe to say that Kerala's football-hungry fans are in for an absolute treat, regardless of which team they support.