The 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India begins in exactly 100 days, and is the biggest platform for young players to make themselves heard.
Several players who first made a mark in the Under-17 World Cup went on enjoy illustrious careers in the sport, winning the biggest trophies and accolades for club and country. Here are 11 of the best.
Where he began:
The 1997 Under-17 World Cup in Egypt, with Spain running out 3-2 winners against Mexico.
What happened next:
Xavi did not...
England's victory in the Under-20 World Cup final on Sunday was their first competitive triumph since 1966, and brings hope that the national team finally has a group of young stars that can replicate that success at senior level.
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India's opponents comprised of youth players from clubs in Lega Pro and Lega Pro 2, the third and fourth tiers of Italian football, respectively.
Strikes from Abhijit Sarkar (31') and Rahul Praveen (80') led the team to a morale-boosting win months before the U-17 World Cup that starts in October later this year. Italy, who are not among the five UEFA qualifying...
A clouded leopard called Kheleo was unveiled as the official mascot of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday.
The clouded leopard is a vulnerable wild cat whose habitat extends from the Himalayan foothills to mainland Southeast Asia.
The U-17 WC will be the first FIFA tournament to be hosted by India, and will be played from October 6- 28, 2017.
India's Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel, and the chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Praful...