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624dDebayan Sen and Jonathan Selvaraj

To grow football, play more football

India needs more leagues, more games, more coaches too for the sport to improve, say experts.

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For India's U-17s, 'Arrows' route is way ahead

The 'Arrows' route consists of members of India's U-17 and U-19 teams teaming up to play as a separate club in the I-League.

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646dJonathan Selvaraj in New Delhi

After climbing ladder, India hit the wall

The 4-0 loss against Ghana in New Delhi on Thursday was a reminder of the gulf that remained between India and world-class competition.

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Ruthless Ghana end India's first World Cup

Ghana beat India with goals from Eric Ayiah, Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku, as the hosts finished their World Cup campaign last in the group.

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648dJonathan Selvaraj

The historic header that almost wasn't

Had India stuck to their usual corner routine against Colombia, Jeakson Singh would've been at the far post and unable to create history.

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648dArjun Namboothiri

All coming together for Sanjeev Stalin

Sanjeev Stalin left his modest home at the age of 10 with dreams of making a career in football. And he has already helped create a bit of history.

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648dJayaditya Gupta

Smells like teen spirit

The players at the Under-17 World Cup have raised the bar so high for themselves, the rest of us judge them as senior-level pros.

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649dJonathan Selvaraj

Jeakson Singh heads into Indian history

Two years ago, Jeakson Singh was cut from the U-15 team for being "too slow". After Monday, he is a part of Indian football folklore.

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649dJayaditya Gupta

Delhi sparks scenes unseen in Indian football

An emotional night at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, when India scored their first-ever World Cup goal, produced scenes of high drama.

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650dJonathan Selvaraj

Colombia clash India's best chance to open account

After a 3-0 opening day loss to the US, India will be hoping to put up a better show against Colombia, who lost 1-0 to Ghana in their opening game.

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650dDebayan Sen in Guwahati

What India and New Caledonia can learn from defeat

It's a frequently asked question. How do a group of boys, none older than 17, put behind the emotions of a heavy defeat at a World Cup?

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652dDebayan Sen

U.S. dominates in U-17 World Cup opener

Josh Sargent, Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton scored goals as the U.S. had little trouble in a 3-0 win over India in front of 45,000 in New Delhi.

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652dJonathan Selvaraj in New Delhi

India announce themselves to the world

The final result was less than ideal, but that did little to dampen the enthusiasm of 46321 fans, who were all in Delhi to witness history.