After the recent memorable victory of winning the rights to host the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup, AIFF has announced that India will move one step forward as it is expected to bid for the 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cup.
AIFF head Praful Patel confirmed that the Indian football governing body had contacted FIFA about their interest to bid for the 2015 and 2016 Club World Cups. This announcement came after the nation was awarded the hosting rights for the U-17 FIFA World Cup on Thursday.
"Officially we have put in a request to host the Club World Cup in 2015. That will mark a paradigm shift in the way football is looked at in India. Official communication has been made. Expect to know the outcome by the middle of next year," Patel told reporters.
India was put into the limelight recently after FIFA president Sepp Blatter commented about the growth of football through holding FIFA events in the region.
The Club World Cup is held every year and has a prize purse of $20m. The winning teams gets $5m. The event has seven continental champions and the winning team from the host country.
The event only requires two venues whereas the U-17 World Cup requires at least eight.
Let's see where India's recent mania of hosting events takes football in the country. History suggests that such events have always brought positive responses in the country.
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