New Delhi: The Indian football team has reaped a good harvest of its impressive Asian Cup qualification campaign as it jumped two places to be ranked 104th in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday. The Blue Tigers are placed just below New Zealand (103rd), who missed out on a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup after losing 0-1 to Costa Rica in the Intercontinental Play-off earlier this month.
However, India’s ranking among the members of the Asian Football Confederation has remained stable at 19th place. Iran has retained the top spot among AFC countries at 23rd. The Sunil Chhetri-led side had their best Asian Cup qualification campaign so far earlier this month when they won all three of their league matches in Group D and made it to the 24-team final to be held in 2023. It was India’s fifth. Overall qualification and the first time the country has qualified for back-to-back Asian Cups. In the overall rankings, Brazil remained on top for three months after taking the top spot from Belgium (second).
Argentina jumped one place to third at the expense of France (fourth), which cost four winless games in the UEFA Nations League. England, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark are in the top-10.
The next FIFA World Rankings will be held on 25 August.
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