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FIFA U17 World Cup: Brazil, Mali coaches highlight Europe's growing strength ahead of third-place playoff

Rohit Roy
683   //    28 Oct 2017, 12:22 IST

#2 Europe is giving more importance to youth and growing as a powerhouse believe both the coaches.

Two European teams will compete for the trophy, one of which is Spain
Two European teams will compete for the trophy, one of which is Spain

The FIFA U17 World Cup will be hosting it's first all European final and both Brazil and Mali coaches were heard talking positively about how the European nations are growing exponentially as a powerhouse even at the youth level and are making most of their infrastructural advantages.

"Europe has better resources and thus has an advantage over the African teams. We have similar levels of quality and techniques in our teams but we need the resources. It's the resources that are needed," said Mali coach Komla.

Brazil too stressed on the importance of these European teams playing competitions like the European Championships year after year which gives them more recognition and competitive experience. Coach Carlos Amadeu talked about how the competitive levels in Europe are much higher which can sometimes become the differences in player growth, he said: "European nations have regular competition for their players that's why they are getting stronger. Even at club level, all the teams are equally competitive, in Brazil, the stronger teams are more dominant, unlike Europe. The players get more recognition playing there."