KOLKATA: World Footballing giants Brazil and Germany will battle for a place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 semifinals at the Vivekananda Yubabharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Sunday.
Three times champions Brazil, who are one of the tournament’s favourites and cruised through a very tough Group D, beating Spain, North Korea and Niger to top the standings before beating Honduras in Round of 16.
On the other hand, Germany, who won every major FIFA competition apart from U-17 World Cup, had to dig deep to qualify for the second round where they thrashed Colombia 4-0 to secure a place in last eight and will look to keep improving by upsetting the much-fancied Brazil side.
Germany coach Christian Wuck is well aware of the pedigree of their opponent and had this to say: “It is already a privilege to be in the last eight but now we need to be much more ambitious than that. We are working together, and we want to go to the furthest possible point.” Wuck said.
“Brazil are the favourites. They have won the U-17 World Cup three times while Germany have never won it. So, if there has to be a favourite, it must be Brazil. We are facing a strong opponent so we have to be strong also,” said the former midfielder.
In the absence of competition’s most successful team and two-times successive champions Nigeria, Carlos Amadeu-coached Brazil, who are competition’s second most successful team, have been the tournament’s stand-out side with the likes of Lincoln, Paulinho and Brenner all contributing.
“In a tournament like this we have to be adapted to every situation. We have to be mentally ready because our aim is to qualify to the next round.” said Brazil gaffer.
“Everyone knows Germany; They are a very strong team and a great competitor. It is never easy to play against them, but I believe we can make it by working hard. We are ready to fight and win.” he added further.
For the record, both teams have met 7 times in U-17 World Cup before, Brazil have been winners 4 times, with Germany winning two times.
Both teams bring out their best when they play each other, as if they have an extra incentive motivating them. On Sunday, the most motivated team of the two countries would come out on top.