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FIFA Rankings: Indian Men’s Football Team Soars into Top 100, Eyes World Cup 2026 Qualifiers

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India national men’s football team has achieved a significant milestone by breaking into FIFA’s top 100 rankings, according to the latest update released by FIFA. The team’s impressive performances in the Intercontinental Cup and SAFF Championship propelled them to the 100th spot, gaining 4.24 ranking points with an impressive record of five wins and two draws throughout June. As a result, India has also climbed to the 18th position in the Asian rankings.

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This remarkable rise in the rankings comes as India surpasses Lebanon, who previously held the 99th spot before the commencement of the Intercontinental Cup earlier this month. Indian head coach Igor Stimac expressed his satisfaction with the news, but emphasized the importance of maintaining their position in the upcoming matches. However, Stimac will have to watch his team’s games from the stands due to a two-match ban resulting from red cards received during the tournament against Pakistan and Kuwait.

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India’s successful streak in June began with their victory over Lebanon in the Intercontinental Cup finals, securing the championship title. In the SAFF Championship, they continued their winning form by defeating neighboring rivals Pakistan and Nepal, while managing a 1-1 draw against Kuwait. The team is now set to face Lebanon once again in the SAFF Championship semi-finals on July 1.

With the World Cup 2026 qualifiers on the horizon, India’s improved ranking positions them in Pot 2 of the qualifiers. This favorable placement will enable Igor Stimac and his team to avoid competing against the eight highest-ranked Asian teams, providing them with a strategic advantage in their quest for World Cup qualification.

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