Indian football team back in top-100 of FIFA rankings

The Indian football team has jumped three places to occupy the 99th spot in the latest FIFA rankings.

The Indian team had broken into the top-100 thrice last year, rising as high as 96th in July – the second best ever after the 94th place attained in February 1996.   -  K. Murali Kumar

The Indian football team has re-entered the top-100 of the FIFA world rankings and is placed at 99th in the latest rankings released on Thursday.

Despite not playing any international match in the ranking period, the team has jumped three places to enter the top-100 for the first time this year. India, with 339 points, is joined by Libya in the 99th spot.

The Indian team had broken into the top-100 thrice last year, rising as high as 96th in July – the second best ever after the 94th place attained in February 1996. However, it ended the year in the 105th spot.

Among the other Asian countries, India is in the 13th spot, above the likes of Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Bahrain and North Korea. Iran (overall 33rd) leads the rankings among Asian nations, followed by Australia (37th) and Japan (55th).

World champion Germany remains on the top, followed by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, France and Chile.

The Indian team plays its AFC Asian Cup qualifier match against Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek on March 27 and has already qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.