The Indian football team has been dropped out of the top 100 in the latest FIFA rankings announced. The Blue Brigade slipped six places to 103rd rank from 97th with 1219 points in the ranking released on Thursday.
The Sunil Chhetri led team crashed in the league stage at the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year where Qatar won the coveted championship.
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India slipped out of Top 16 AFC Rankings
The Indian national team dropped six spots to 103 in the latest set of FIFA Rankings released on Thursday. India are currently 18th in the AFC region. ⚽️#IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #BlueTigers #FIFARanking pic.twitter.com/AEmQr5BCNx
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India was also dropped out of the top 16 in the AFC rankings, plummeting to 18th. The men in blue had crashed out of the Asian Cup after losing to UAE and Bahrain, despite thrashing Thailand 4-1 in their opening group to make a good start to their campaign.
India’s best ranking is the 94th position was attained in February 1996. They had regained the spot in the top-100 in March last year, after breaking the top 100 bracket for the first time in 21 years in 2017.
Following India’s exit in the AFC Asian Cup coach Stephen Constantine stepped down from his role as India chief coach.
The country will now need to play friendlies in March against higher-ranked countries to improve its ranking. The toil and hard work of the Indian football team is in full swing ahead of the draw for the second round of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, which is likely to be held in April.
FIFA releases rankings . #India drop six places settling for 103rd place. #AsianCup2019 champions #Qatar climb 38 spots to move into top-5 in the continent. #Iran continues to lead ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ih6WO94v68
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Qatar, Thailand moves up
Asian Cup champions Qatar has made the biggest move both by points and places, climbing 38 spots to 55th in the rankings. Korea DPR suffered the biggest drop, by 15 places to 38.
India’s Group A opponents Thailand moved up by three spots to 115 and UAE climbed 12 spots to 67. Bahrain also moved up by two ranks to 111. The Blue Tigers started off their Asian Cup campaign with a 4-1 win against Thailand. They held UAE to a draw in their second game and lost to Bahrain in the final Group A match.
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