India has a veritable ... In 1950, 3 years after independence India had qualified for the FIFA World Cup. However, they never made it to Brazil, despite the AIFF being invited. Here's what happened.
India are placed in Group E along with Afghanistan,Bangladesh, Oman and Qatar.
Population: 11.4 million (UN 2012) Area: 131,957 sq km Capital: Athens Currency: Euro Federation: The Hellenic Football Federation, founded in 1926, affiliated to FIFA in 1927.
Ecuadorian Football Federation founded in 1925 and affiliated to Fifa in 1926.
Koninklijke nederlandsche Voetbalbond (KNVB – Royal football Federation of the Netherlands) founded in 1889, affiliated to FIFA in 1904 and to UEFA in 1954.
Population: 53 million (Census 2011) Area: 129,720 sq km Capital: London Currency: Sterling (the pound) Federation: The Football Association created in 1863, affiliated to FIFA in 1905
Population: 61 million Area: 301,318 sq km Capital: Rome Currency: Euro Federation: Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) created in 1898, affiliated to FIFA in 1905 Registered play
Population: 21 million Area: 322,463 sq km Capital: Yamoussoukro Currency: Franc CFA Federation: Fedération Ivoirienne de Football, founded in 1960, affiliated to FIFA en 1961 Register
Population: 4.5 Million Area: 56,594 sq km Capital: Zagreb Currency: Kuna Federation: Hrvatski Nogometni Savez founded in 1912, affiliated to FIFA in 1941, reafiliated in 1992.
India are playing hosts to a FIFA tournament for the first time and by virtue of that, have qualified for the U-17 World Cup.