Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar expected to attend FIFA U-17 World Cup final

The FIFA U-17 World Cup local organising committee said Sachin Tendulkar is also expected alongside Sourav Ganguly for final in Kolkata as he too is an ambassador with online partners of the event.

fifa u17 world cup 2017 Updated: Oct 25, 2017 23:58 IST
Press Trust of India
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FIFA U-17 World Cup,Sachin Tendulkar,Sourav Ganguly
While Sourav Ganguly has already said he would not miss the FIFA U-17 World Cup final in Kolkata, his hometown, Sachin Tendulkar, is also expected to be at the Salt Lake Stadium on October 28.(AFP)

A host of Indian sportspersons, including cricket icons Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, are expected to attend the FIFA U-17 World Cup final in Kolkata on October 28.

“I will be there for the final,” Ganguly, one of the brand ambassadors of the World Cup along with Tendulkar, said.

The FIFA local organising committee said Tendulkar is also expected as he too is an ambassador with online partners of the event.

As of now, the LOC has confirmed that FIFA president Gianni Infantino, AIFF supremo Prafful Patel and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be present for the final.

There will also be the FIFA Council members with their meeting slated on the eve of the final.

England thrashed three time champions Brazil 3-1 here while Spain defeated Nali by an identical margin in Mumbai for an European final on October 28.

India set for attendance record

With just 6,000 spectators behind, India are set to go past China as the best-attended FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The second semifinal at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, where Spain defeated Mali 3-1 to set up a final date with England, saw a turnout of 37,487 to take the overall tally to 12,24,027, which is just 6,000 behind the total attendance recorded in the inaugural edition in China in 1985.

The final attendance at the Saltlake Stadium in Kolkata is all set to be a full house of 66,687 with all the tickets sold out well in advance.

Relocated in less than 48 hours’ notice, the Kolkata fans did not disappoint as the organisers recorded an official attendance of 63,881 for the England-Brazil semifinal today.

The record attendance at this edition has been in the quarters between Brazil and Germany in Kolkata.

First Published: Oct 25, 2017 23:07 IST