Kolkata :“India is a football country now,” FIFA president Giani Infantino declared after arriving in Kolkata to chair the FIFA Council meeting on Friday and also attend the U-17 World Cup final on Saturday. Asked about the successful organization of the FIFA U-17 World cup, the 47-year-old clad in a dark suit said: “Thank you very much all the Indians. That’s most important. It’s a great pleasure to be here.”
The All India Football Federation vice-president Subrata Dutta received Infantino at the airport and later in the day he will have an informal meeting with the AIFF supremo Praful Patel who is also staying at the same hotel in Kolkata.
According to sources, there could be discussions on India’s bid for the U-20 World Cup in 2019, chances of which have brightened after the overwhelming success of U-17 World Cup which is all set to topple China-1985 as the most event in the tournament’s history.