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Indian football team climbs to 129th spot in FIFA rankings, best ranking in over a decade

The Indian football team climbed to the 129th spot in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, achieving its best FIFA ranking in over a decade.


By   |  Updated On : January 12, 2017 05:48 PM
Indian Football Team - File Photo

Indian Football Team - File Photo

New Delhi :  

The Indian football team climbed to the 129th spot in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, achieving its best FIFA ranking in over a decade.

The Indian team has leapfrogged in the rankings by 42 places in less than two years. Indian football had a brilliant season in 2016 as they won nine of their last eleven international matches.

A win against Puerto Rico, a side ranked 114th ranked, in an International Friendly in Mumbai in September was the highlight of the year.
National coach Stephen Constantine said it was a "total team effort" that India achieved their best ever ranking since December 2005, which was 127th.

"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. There is, however, a very long way to go where I intend to take Indian football to, but I can say that we have begun our journey," said Constantine.

India were ranked 171 when Constantine took over as national coach for the second time in February 2015 and slipped further to 173th in March 2015 in the FIFA ladder even before Constantine could have his first game in-charge against Nepal, which India eventually won 2-0 on aggregate.

The year-end of 2016 saw the Indian team jump to 135th in the world making it their six-year highest annual ranking since 2009. 

First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2017 05:16 PM

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