Indian National Football Team Retain 137th Rank


Zurich: The Indian national team, under Stephen Constantine, are ranked 137th in the world, as per the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rankings, on Thursday.

Coached by Stephen Constantine, who has recently been offered an extension for 14 months, India managed to hold on to their best ever ranking since August 2010 even though they did not play any matches in the past two international windows. Last they took onto the pitch, the Blue Tigers routed Puerto Rico 4-1 at home back in the month of September. India continue to be placed higher than the likes of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Hong Kong as they are ranked 22nd in Asia.

India were certain to lose points as they did not line up any friendlies in November. From having 230 points in October, the national side have 217 – a dip of 13 points. However, they South Asian giants were rendered lucky not to have dropped down in ranking. Elsewhere, Argentina remain top of the FIFA rankings despite their struggle for consistency in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, with Brazil replacing reigning world champions Germany in second place.

Copa America holders Chile are up two places to fourth, while Republic of Ireland are big movers, jumping 10 places to 23rd. Euro 2016 winners Portugal sit eighth, with England and Italy languishing in 13th and 16th respectively, the Azzurri having dropped three places since the previous rankings were announced. Traditional powerhouse the Netherlands have slipped to 22nd, while the United States, who this week replaced Jurgen Klinsmann with Bruce Arena as head coach, dropped four spots to 28th.

Brazil have leapfrogged World Cup holders Germany into second place in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, narrowing the gap on their traditional rivals Argentina, who are still the world’s top-ranked team.

Spain remain inside the top 10, but Wales have been nudged down a spot into 12th. Aaron Hughes’ Northern Ireland climb to 32nd, up four places though the Kerala Blasters marquee did not play any part in their 4-0 routing of Azerbaijan.

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