New Delhi: In a positive development for Indian football, the senior men’s national team has climbed to the 100th position in the latest FIFA Men’s Football Ranking. The news was shared by the official Twitter handle of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), bringing joy to fans across the country.
According to the rankings released on June 29, India secured the 100th spot with 1204.90 points. This rise in the rankings comes after India’s recent triumph in the Intercontinental Cup, where they emerged victorious by defeating Lebanon 2-0 in the title clash held on June 18 in Bhubaneswar.
The Indian team is now gearing up to face Lebanon in the semifinals of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship on July 1 in Bengaluru. India has a strong track record in this competition, having won it a record eight times in the years 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, and 2021. The team aims to continue their winning streak and add another title to their collection.
Meanwhile, Argentina, the winners of the FIFA World Cup 2022, currently hold the top spot in the rankings with 1843.73 points. They are followed by France and Brazil, who occupy the second and third positions, respectively. England has risen by one place to secure the fourth position, while Belgium slipped down by one place to claim the fifth spot. Croatia, the runners-up of the 2023 UEFA Nations League, climbed one place to reach the sixth position, while the Netherlands dropped to seventh.
Italy, Portugal, and Spain hold the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions, respectively, maintaining their positions from the previous rankings.
The rise in the FIFA rankings for the Indian senior men’s football team reflects the progress and improvement of the sport in the country. As the team continues to participate in prestigious tournaments and achieve positive results, Indian football is on an upward trajectory, capturing the attention and admiration of football fans worldwide.