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According to the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday, the India National football team jumped six places to the 129th spot, which is India’s best football ranking in over a decade.
#Indianfootball team jumps to record 129th position in #FIFA ranking, 19th in Asia pic.twitter.com/yGDizlxC5A
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) January 12, 2017
It is India’s best ever ranking since December, 2005, when they were at the 127th spot. They have now improved 42 places in less than two years up from 173rd in March, 2015.
As according to a release, “India won nine of their last 11 international matches. A 4-1 win against Puerto Rico, ranked 114, in September last year, has been the highlight of the surge.”
And according to the latest rankings, the top 34 positions remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.
On improving India’s FIFA ranking in less than two years up from 173rd in March, 2015, the AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said, “The national team gaining its best ranking since December 2005 shows that we are on the upsurge. The ranking enables us to be placed in pot 2 when the draw for the Asian Cup Qualifiers 2019 is to be conducted later this month. We had last qualified for the Asian Cup in 2011 and hope to be there again in UAE in 2019.”
And the 54-year-old English man Stephen Constantine, who currently managing the Indian National football team said, “I think we have had a really good couple of years during my time and while results have been mixed, we have achieved what we said we would. Our ranking is at its highest since 2005 which is obviously great for Indian football.”