The countdown has started... In just a few days, the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will kick off. The fans' gaze will turn towards India as the young players will battle it out at a FIFA tournament held for the first time in the country that is soon to become the world's most heavily populated nation.

In celebration of the highly anticipated finals, the FIFA World Football Museum will honour Indian football with a special exhibition for the next three weeks.

Although cricket is the nation's favourite sport, football is becoming increasingly popular by the year in the country that is currently lying 107th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Did you know that India can look back on a long history?

While the U-17 World Cup is being held between 6 and 28 October 2017, the FIFA World Football Museum will reflect on the history of Indian football by displaying original pieces in three display cabinets, as well as digital applications. The highlight will be the world's oldest trophy outside of Great Britain.

The official logo of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 | ©FIFA Museum
The Durand Cup was awarded in India for the first time in 1888. In 1895, the Highland Light Infantry Regiment won the tournament held there for the third time and were allowed to keep the trophy. It is on loan from the Royal Highland Fusiliers Museums in Glasgow.

The display cabinets can be visited as part of the permanent exhibition, which is included in the normal price of admission.

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