On Thursday, the men’s football team of India moved up five places to 101st in the latest FIFA rankings after attaining victories over Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan in the recent tri-nation tournament. Last month in Imphal, the victories over Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan by 1-0 and 2-0 respectively gave India 8.57 points and five spots up from last year’s ranking of 106. The nation is just one place away from the Top 100.
This is the first ranking chart of the year, which was last published on December 22. India is now one rank below New Zealand and one rank above Kenya.
However, the team coached by Igor Stimac scored a total of 1,200.66 points, placing 19th out of 46 Asian nations. India’s highest rank in FIFA was 94 in 1996. The country rarely made it past the top 100 countries.
In this ranking by FIFA, Argentina, the world champion sits at the top, followed by France, Brazil, Belgium, England, The Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Japan is the top-ranked nation among the Asian countries.