FIFA U17 World Cup 2017: Five major teams who failed to qualify
Each of the host stadiums has been renovated to keep maintaining it as per world class standards. And the results have so far been outstanding.
The top 24 teams around the world will face-off to clinch the silverware in the 22-day affair. But, there are a few major teams which did not make the cut to India. There have been a few shocking exclusions, especially the fact that some of the greatest football nations will not feature in upcoming Under-17 World Cup.
Let us have a look at the major teams which failed to qualify for the 2017 Under-17 World Cup:
Italy is by far one of the most successful footballing nations in the world having won four FIFA World Cup titles. But they are yet to make a mark in the Under-17 biennial event. Their best show at this event was back in 1987 when they finished 4th. Since then, it has been a topsy-turvy ride for the “Azzuris” who have not been consistent like their senior pros.
2013 was, in fact, the last time the Europeans made it to the main rounds of the tournament.
The most remarkable achievement of the Italian colts was back in 1982 when they won the inaugural U-16 European Championships (U-17 European Championships now). As a matter of fact, it was in that very year that the legendary Paolo Rossi inspired the Italian senior team to their third World Cup triumph.
Spain and Turkey had the better of the Italians in the group stages, thus ending their pursuit of a 7th Under-17 World Cup appearance.