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India could host FIFA Club World Cup

New Delhi: Amidst the ISL fever prevalent among the country’s football fans, an ambitious India is also eyeing to host the glamorous FIFA Club World Cup.

"We will decide the hosts for the 2015-16, 2017-18 Club World Cup at the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in December in Morocco," said FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke at a function held in the national capital on Wednesday.

With India set to host the U-17 World Cup in less than three years time, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is also gearing up to bid for hosting the prestigious U-20 World Cup.

"We will bid for U-20 World Cup. Initial steps have already been taken, besides we will also bid for 2017-18 Club World Cup," said an optimist AIFF President Praful Patel.

Lauding India’s efforts in bringing football in the global map, FIFA Secretary-General expressed satisfaction over the progress made by India in their lead up to the U-17 World Cup slated to be held in 2017.

However, FIFA also put forward a word of caution for the football fraternity that only a good show in the U-17 World Cup will ensure the nation getting the coveted U-20 World Cup.

"If India succeeds with U-17 Football World Cup, then it can move for U-20 World Cup. Lot will also depend on the quality of U-17 football team," FIFA’s Secretary-General said before adding, "FIFA bidding process is an open system.

"India had won U-17 World Cup as it was the best project. India will also need a strong bid for Club World Cup and U-20 World Cup." 

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