India Moves 104 Up Two Places in FIFA Ranking to 104
The Blue Tigers are ranked just below New Zealand (103rd), which was eliminated from the running for a ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup after falling to Costa Rica 0-1 in the intercontinental play-off earlier this month.
So, with a two-place climb to move up to 104th in the most recent FIFA world rankings revealed on Thursday. The Indian football team enjoyed a successful harvest from its excellent Asian Cup qualification campaign. The Blue Tigers sit only ahead of New Zealand (103rd), who was eliminated from qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after falling to Costa Rica 0-1 in the intercontinental play-off earlier this month. However, India’s position among the members of the Asian Football Confederation remained constant at 19th. At number 23, Iran continued to hold the top spot among AFC nations.
Earlier this month, the team coached by Sunil Chhetri achieved their best-ever Asian Cup qualification campaign when they won all three of their league games to finish first in group D and qualify for the 24-team Finals in 2023.
India qualified for the fifth time overall, making it the first time the nation qualified for back-to-back Asian Cups.
Three months after displacing Belgium from the top spot in the overall rankings, Brazil is still in the first place (2nd).
Argentina moved up one spot to third, knocking France (4th) off the podium as punishment for their four consecutive losses in the UEFA Nations League.
The top 10 is completed by Denmark, England, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, and Portugal.
On August 25, FIFA will release its most recent world rankings.
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