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AIFF wants Kolkata to host Under-17 football World Cup final

December 24, 2014 19:33 IST
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Kolkata may host the final of the Under-17 football World Cup to be held in India in 2017, if All India Football Federation president Praful Patel has his way.

"I will use my good office so that the final of Under-17 football World Cup is held in Kolkata," Patel said at the felicitation of programme of ISL-winner Atletico de Kolkata by the state government in Kolkata.

Following the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, India would bid for both the 2018 Club World Cup and the 2020 Under-20 football World Cup, he confirmed.

The AIFF chief also got the state government's nod to develop Rabindra Sarovar stadium into an international standard venue to host the 2017 meet.

"Done," chief minster Mamata Banerjee replied instantly when Patel requested her to handover the Stadium to the AIFF.

"I am happy to announce that we are ready to handover Rabindra Sarovar Stadium to AIFF. It's my dream to see Under-17 World Cup football being held in Kolkata. We have beautified the area around Rabindra Sarovar, a national lake," Banerjee said.

Patel welcomed the gesture saying that the decision of the state government would help AIFF to develop the required infrastructure.

"I want football to have its revival and that can happen only in Kolkata under the leadership of chief minister Mamata Banerjee," Patel said, adding that there would be a series of soccer tournaments to be held in the city.

Image: AIFF president Praful Patel (right) with FIFA president Sepp Blatter at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich.

Photograph: AIFF Media

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