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FIFA Under 17 World Cup 2017: Narendra Modi among spectators as India creates history; see pictures

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Sat October 07 2017, 12:07 pm
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    Fifa World Cup 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced Indian football's historic moment when he greeted players of both the teams before the kick off India's opening FIFA U-17 World Cup match against USA, in New Delhi. Modi, who arrived at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium after the first match of the day between Ghana and Colombia, went out from the VIP dais to the playing pitch and shook hands with both the teams. The Indian team who made history by becoming the first football players from the country to play in a FIFA World Cup.

    Let's take a glimpse of yesterday's event:

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves after attending the opening ceremony of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

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    Komal Thatal controls the ball during the FIFA U-17 World Cup match against the US in New Delhi. (AP Photo)

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been taking a lot of interest in the hosting of this U-17 World Cup. (PTI Photo)

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    Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj fails to save as USA's Carleton scores the 3rd goal against India during their U-17 FIFA World cup match against USA in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

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    Midfielder Komal Thatal, the best Indian in sight today, wasted a chance in the second half when his lob was off target while Anwar Ali's rasping shot in the 83rd minute hit the horizontal. (AP Photo)

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    PM Modi has been telling the countrymen in his popular radio programme 'man ki baat' about how this prestigious tournament can raise the profile of the sport in this country. (PTI Photo)

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    Indian soccer team members acknowledge the home crowd after their FIFA U-17 World Cup against US in New Delhi. (AP Photo)

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    Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, FIFA Secetrary General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, Asian Football Confederation President Shaikh Salman Ebrahim Al Khalifa and All India Football Federation chief Praful Patel accompanied him. (PTI Photo)

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    India's Komal Thatal kicks the ball as US goalkeeper Justin Garces jumps to block it during their FIFA U-17 World Cup match in New Delhi. (AP Photo)

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    The central government has also spent more than Rs 120 crore for this showpiece event. (PTI Photo)

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    Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem saves a goal during their U-17 FIFA World Cup football match against USA in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitates Indian footballer Baichung Bhutia during the opening ceremony of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitating the children from the Mission XI Million during the opening ceremony of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

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    Crowd during U-17 FIFA World Cup football match between India and USA in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

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    The Prime Minister stood on the ground when the national anthems of India and US were sung. (PTI Photo)

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