The Indian Under-20 football team that marked its name in the history books by beating Argentina in the COTIF Cup arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Friday.
The victorious lads were welcomed by the energetic and passionate fans with placards bearing words of praise and #InquilabEIndianFootball for the young team.
The welcome was passionately led by the members Blue Pilgrims, who also welcomed the Indian Football Women's team returning home after participating in the COTIF Cup.
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The players who returned back wholeheartedly appreciated the move by taking photographs and selfies with the fans.
“When we went to Spain, our main aim was to gain more respect for Indian football the moment we came back to our land after winning the match. Now, a lot of people will notice Indian football,” one of the players told the news agency ANI.
Here is how the fans welcomed the Indian team:
The @BluePilgrims waiting to welcome the Indian women's team and the Argentina-beating U20 men's football team in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/CBmCe9Xfrl— Rohan Venkataramakrishnan (@RohanV) August 9, 2018
Meet Tony !!! The guy from portugal.. He came here along with his Friend to Welcome @IndianFootball U20 as well Womens Team @BluePilgrims @Chitrology #BackTheBlue #InquilabEIndianFootball #IndianFootball #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/f5bcLcMAeH— Taposh Kumar Sharma (@TaposhSharma9) August 9, 2018
Some of Blue Pilgrims recieved @IndianFootball Women's team at the Delhi Airport, who returned home after participating in @Cotif cup. We will keep the support going. 🙏⚽🇮🇳 #ShePower #InquilabEIndianFootball pic.twitter.com/v0LqPIav9o— Blue Pilgrims (@BluePilgrims) August 9, 2018
.@aditi03chauhan with our fans at Delhi Airport. 🇮🇳⚽ #ShePower #InquilabEIndianFootball pic.twitter.com/H8AcVtI8NE— Blue Pilgrims (@BluePilgrims) August 9, 2018
Me with @aditi03chauhan welcoming @IndianFootball women team at IGI Airport Terminal 3@BluePilgrims @Chitrology#ShePower#BackTheBlue #airport #AsianDream #InquilabEIndianFootball #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/AeitTFitjN— Taposh Kumar Sharma (@TaposhSharma9) August 9, 2018
I normally don't take selfies (because I always end up looking like a potato) but can't resist taking one with a legend. @aditi03chauhan @BluePilgrims #Indianfootball pic.twitter.com/o28foNgPEC— Chitraranjan (@Chitrology) August 9, 2018
#InquilabEIndianFootball pic.twitter.com/lLOxjkxnnV— Blue Pilgrims (@BluePilgrims) August 9, 2018
After receiving Indian Women's Team at 11:30 pm at Delhi Airport, our fans are battling against sleep to welcome our heroes "@IndianFootball U20 team" and it's already 4 AM! Respect! 🙏🇮🇳⚽ #InquilabEIndianFootball pic.twitter.com/lBAzoaAhE5— Blue Pilgrims (@BluePilgrims) August 9, 2018
⚽🇮🇳✔️ pic.twitter.com/zi2IpWv8IK— Blue Pilgrims (@BluePilgrims) August 10, 2018
The coach who made it possible. @Coach_FP 🙏🇮🇳⚽ pic.twitter.com/gWMFMyU6u7— Blue Pilgrims (@BluePilgrims) August 10, 2018
The Indian teams defeated Argentina 2-1in their last match of the COTIF Cup in Spain where Deepak Tangri opened the scoresheet for the Men in Blue before Aniket Jadhav was shown a red card in the second half. However, Anwar Ali’s strike in the second half put India 2-0 up against Argentina, who are considered the most successful team in the history of U-20 World Cup.
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The Argentina U-20 team scored in the 72nd minute and smashed the crossbar in the additional time, but failed to break the resilient Indian team, who ended the tournament on a high.
The team is scheduled to visit Croatia for another tournament later in 2018.