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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Germany captain Jann-Fiete Arp joins team in Goa

Jann-Fiete Arp did not come along with the other members of the Germany team, who arrived in Goa for the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Sunday

fifa u17 world cup 2017 Updated: Oct 02, 2017 23:28 IST
Press Trust of India
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Jann-Fiete Arp trained with his Germany teammates after arriving in India on Monday.(Bongarts/Getty Images)

Germany skipper Jann-Fiete Arp has joined his team in Goa and taken part in the second practice session on Monday under the watchful eyes of coach Christian Wuck at the Nagao ground, Verna.

Arp did not come along with the other members of the team, who arrived on Sunday, as he was making his Bundesliga debut for Hamburg against Werder Bremen. The match ended in a goal-less draw.

The players had the first training session in the afternoon on Sunday soon after they arrived in Goa. Arp reached Goa late last night.

Wuck, who has been with the U-16 and U-17 teams since 2012, got down to business right from the time the team landed in the city.

“We are happy to be here and we cannot wait for the competition to start. We have another five days to prepare ourselves and get acclimatise to the weather,” said Wuck.

17-year-old Arp, who became the first Bundesliga player to be born after 2000, is one the most talked about young talents in Germany. He scored two hat-tricks in UEFA European Under-17 Championship in May and the team will revolve around him to win the title.

Germany lost to Spain in the semifinals but still qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup as four teams made the cut.

Germany are placed in Group C along with Costa Rica, Iran and Guinea. They will begin their campaign against Costa Rica on October 7.

Germany have appeared in the FIFA U-17 World Cup nine times so far but have not yet won the tournament.

They are one of the favourites to win the title this time. They were the runners-up in the inaugural tournament in 1985 and finished third in 2007 and 2011, and fourth in 1997.

They were knocked out by Croatia in the Round of 16 in Chile two years ago.

First Published: Oct 02, 2017 19:29 IST