Indian football team climb three spots to re-enter top-100 in latest FIFA rankings

The Indian football team jumped three places to 99 in the latest FIFA rankings for the month of February released on Thursday.

football Updated: Mar 15, 2018 17:50 IST
Press Trust of India
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Sunil Chhetri-led Indian football team climbed up to the 99th position in the latest FIFA rankings.(PTI)

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

The team, which did not play any international match in this ranking period, jumped three places to enter the top-100 for the first time this year. It now has 339 points to its kitty to be at joint 99th spot with Libya.

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Last year, the Indian team broke into the top-100 three times, rising as high as 96th in July -- the second best ever after the 94th place attained in February 1996. But it ended the year at 105th spot.

Among Asian countries, the Indian team is now at 13th spot, above the likes of Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Bahrain and North Korea.

Iran (overall 33rd) leads the rankings among Asian countries, followed by Australia (37th) and Japan (55th).

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World champions Germany remain on the top of the overall chart, followed by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, France and Chile.

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

First Published: Mar 15, 2018 17:50 IST