Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

 
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* Address: Delhi
* Country: India
* Capacity: 60,000
* Opened: 1982
* Main use: Football
* Tenants: Delhi Dynamos (football)

Extra stadium info – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

The stadium is named after Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India as an independent state. It was renovated in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2010. In 2012, the venue hosted the farewell match of Baichung Bhutia, who played professional football in India, the United Kingdom and Malaysia. Bhutia lost the match with the national football team of India against the world famous club Bayern München, the first FIFA Club World Cup winner from Germany, in front of a crowd of 35,000. On 6 October 2017, the venue hosted India’s first 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup match. 46,000 people attended the football match between India and the United States. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium also hosted 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup matches of Colombia, Germany, Ghana and Paraguay.

The Delhi Dynamos, the first football club from Delhi with 100,000 followers on their main social media page, have been tenants of the stadium since 2014. They drew an average home attendance of 15,000 in their inaugural Indian Super League season. In 2014, they signed Alessandro Del Piero, one of the first athletes with 1 million followers on his main social media page. The Delhi Dynamos signed several other world famous players in their first years of existence, like Florent Malouda, John Arne Riise and Roberto Carlos. Harm van Veldhoven became the first head coach of the club, followed by Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha. Roberto Carlos was nicknamed The Bullet Man due to his powerful bending free kicks. He won the UEFA Champions League three times with Real Madrid. In 2002, Roberto Carlos won the FIFA World Cup with the national football team of Brazil after defeating Germany in the final.

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