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FIFA rankings: India jump one spot to 117th place

India is the top ranked team in South Asia ahead of Hong Kong even though it lost to Nepal in AFC Challenge Cup.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 15:55 IST

India have recorded a marginal improvement of one spot to 117th position in the latest rankings released by the world governing body of football.

The senior national team, which is without a coach at the moment, is ranked 22nd among Asian teams, a loss of one spot, with 379 points.

India is just three points behind Hong Kong on the FIFA table and in turn, is only two points ahead of Barbados.

It is the highest ranked team in South Asia ahead of Sri Lanka, which gained 10 places to 135th position after making it to the finals of the AFC Challenge Cup in Bangladesh.

India, which sent its youth team to the regional competition, lost in the quarterfinals to Nepal, who climbed six spots to 169th place.

Brazil continues to lead the rankings ahead of Czech republic and Netherlands. The United States is proving itself to be a force to reckon with, climbing one spot to fourth place.

The next three slots are taken by Spain, Mexico and France, who all gain a position each. Portugal climbed two spots to joint eight.

The big loser among the big guns was Argentina which fell four places from the fourth spot occupied last month. England dropped a place to number 10.

First Published: Apr 19, 2006 15:53 IST