Pakistan to tour India
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Pakistan are set to tour India for a two-match series, officials have announced, as the two nations resume their rivalry after a nine-year hiatus. The last time the two sides met was in 2005 when India toured Pakistan for a three-match series which ended with one match apiece and a draw, though the hosts scored more goals.

Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) secretary Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi said the team will play both matches in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. "We have been making all-out efforts to revive football ties with India and hope that these matches will prove to be a landmark in the sports relations of the two countries," Lodhi told AFP.

Pakistan team will visit India from August 16 to 21 and play matches on August 17 and 20 in Bangalore. When India toured Pakistan the first match at Quetta ended in a 1-1 draw while India went in front with a 1-0 victory in Peshawar. Pakistan won the third and final match Lahore 3-0, taking the series on better goal average.

India, a cricket mad country, has shown greater interest in football after introducing the Super Football League to be held in September this year. They will also host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, targeting a big youth population to get inspired from the world event.

India are currently placed at 151 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, while Pakistan sit 14 places below them in 165th.