Brazil vs Spain Under 17 World Cup Match Preview :

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As far as explosive starts to tournaments go, you couldn’t have asked for a better one. On the second day of the 2017 edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the first ever FIFA tournament to be hosted by the country of over a billion inhabitants, Brazil will face Spain in a Group D clash that could end up defining the tournament.

This is just the start that a World Cup deserves. The European U-17 champions against the South American U-17 title winners. Unstoppable force is going to meet immovable object at football-mad Kochi.

Match Details :
Date : 7th October,2017.
Time : 17:00 IST .
Venue : Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi.
TV BROADCAST : Sony Ten Network (India)
Live Streaming Link : Sony Liv, Mobdro.

Team News :

Brazil :

Any other team would have been left reeling at the loss of a player like Vinicius Junior. Not Brazil. They seem to have have merely shrugged at news that €46 million wonderkid will not be joining them in India.

In fact, the Flamengo forward’s absence eases quite a few selection headaches for coach Carlos Amadeu. Vinicius’ Flamengo teammate Lincoln, Sao Paolo’s Brenner, and Vasco da Gama’s Paulinho can now consider themselves definite starters along with the mercurial Alan.

Spain :

There are perhaps few countries in the world who can boast of footballing credentials as good as Brazil. Spain is definitely one of them. At the UEFA U-17 Championships, Spain have already shown they have the tenacity to go all the way to the title. They were trailing by a goal in the final against England, when they scored in the dying minutes to force a shootout. The resulting kicks handed them the title.

Spain’s trophy cabinet may be filled to the brim, but there is one trophy that is glaringly missing: the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Current Spain coach Santi Denia has his sights set firmly on winning this elusive title with the Spanish U-17 team. His team will play a brand of football that is synonymous with the Iberian nation — possession football. With six players from Barca’s La Masia and five from Real’s academy, the team is brimming with players who have the potential to be future stars.

Previous U-17 World Cup record:

Brazil :

Brazil have won the title thrice, in 1997, 1999 and 2003. They have also lost in the final in 1995 and 2005, besides finishing among the top four on two other occasions.

Spain :

They have come within touching distance of the title thrice — in 1991, 2003 and 2007 — but each time have faltered in the final.

Key Players :

Brazil :

Vinicius’ record of being the top scorer at the South American U-17 Championships owed a great debt to Brazil midfielder Alan de Souza Guimaraes. Alan, who set up a lot of goals for Vinicius, also scored thrice to help Brazil thump Chile 5-0 in the last match of the U-17 South American Cup. According to reports in Brazil, Real Madrid are also eyeing Alan in a big money move like Vinicius.

Spain :

His penalty miss against Germany in the semi-final notwithstanding, Abel Ruiz was an impressive presence for Spain up front at the UEFA U-17 Championships. The FC Barcelona player went on to end the tournament as the joint top scorer in the history of the European Under-17 Championship with 16 goals.

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