Indian football team rises to 101 in FIFA rankings
New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) The Indian football team jumped 31 places to be at the 101 spot in the recently released FIFA rankings, their best in a couple of decades.
From 132, Stephen Constantine’s boys rode their narrow 1-0 win against Myanmar in their third round opener of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers to record their sixth consecutive victory.
India’s highest FIFA ranking so far has been 94, which was attained in February 1996 while India were ranked 99 in November 1993 and 100 in October 1993, December 1993 and April 1996.
India accumulated a total of 331 points. The last month’s total saw them net 233 points.
The near historic rise in rankings has seen Sunil Chhetri and company leapfrog the Democratic Peoples Republic (DPR) of Korea, Thailand, Latvia, Jordan and Iraq to name a few.
India are tied on points with Estonia, Lithuania and Nicaragua.