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A file photo of Sunil Chhetri (R).(AFP)

India static at 108, but loses 11 places throughout the year in FIFA rankings

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2019 05:20 PM IST
India was placed at 97th in the December FIFA rankings of last year. The best ranking for the team this year was 101 in April and June.
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File image of players of Indian football team celebrating after scoring a goal.(PTI)
File image of players of Indian football team celebrating after scoring a goal.(PTI)

India slip to 106 in latest FIFA rankings, Belgium retain top spot

By Indo Asian News Service | Kolkata
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2019 04:19 PM IST
Despite securing an impressive 0-0 draw against Asian champions Qatar in September, the home stalemate against then 187th ranked Bangladesh saw India drop two ranks from 104 to 106 in the latest tally.
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FIle photo of India football.(REUTERS)
FIle photo of India football.(REUTERS)

FIFA rankings: India drop one spot to 104th position

By Asian News International | Zurich
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2019 08:13 PM IST
The side last played in the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup second round joint preliminary qualifiers.
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Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri vies for the ball.(PTI)
Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri vies for the ball.(PTI)

Sunil Chhetri doubtful against Asian champions Qatar

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 02:09 PM IST
The only time India, 103rd in the Fifa rankings, have played Qatar in an official match was in 1996. The 2022 World Cup hosts won 6-0.
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File photo of Igor Stimac.(AFP)
File photo of Igor Stimac.(AFP)

India football coach Igor Stimac announces preliminary squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

By PTI | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2019 06:55 PM IST
The team would be taking on Oman in their first match of the tournament on September 5 in Guwahati
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File photo of India football.(AFP)
File photo of India football.(AFP)

India drop two places to 103 in FIFA rankings

By PTI | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 04:48 PM IST
The Indian football team slipped two places to 103rd in the FIFA rankings released on Thursday. India lost two matches and drew one in the Intercontinental Cup earlier this month in Ahmedabad.
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India lost to Tajikistan in their Intercontinental Cup encounter.(Twitter)
India lost to Tajikistan in their Intercontinental Cup encounter.(Twitter)

India suffer 2-4 defeat against Tajikistan in Intercontinental Cup opener

By Press Trust of India | Ahmedabad
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 11:48 PM IST
Chhetri struck in the fourth and 41st minutes to give India a 2-0 lead at half time but the home side’s inexperienced defence committed mistakes galore to let in four goals in the second half and cancel out the talismanic captain’s fine efforts.
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Soccer Football - AFC Asian Cup - India v United Arab Emirates - Group A - Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - January 10, 2019 India coach Stephen Constantine REUTERS/Satish Kumar(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - AFC Asian Cup - India v United Arab Emirates - Group A - Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - January 10, 2019 India coach Stephen Constantine REUTERS/Satish Kumar(REUTERS)

Stephen Constantine: The saint of grit and grind

By Dhiman Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 04:51 PM IST
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) did not host a farewell for the coach who helped the national team reach its second-highest Fifa ranking of 96 (July, 2017) from 173, it’s lowest, when he joined in 2015
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Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal with Thorgan Hazard.(REUTERS)
Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal with Thorgan Hazard.(REUTERS)

Belgium top FIFA rankings but England on the rise

By PTI | Paris
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 06:08 PM IST
England move up one place on the strength of convincing Euro 2020 qualifier wins against the Czech Republic and Montenegro last month while Croatia, who reached the 2018 World Cup final before losing to France, retreat one place to fifth.
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Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal with Thorgan Hazard.(REUTERS)
Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal with Thorgan Hazard.(REUTERS)

Eden Hazard marks milestone with early goal to help Belgium win

By Reuters | Nicosia
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 11:43 AM IST
Michy Batshuayi got the other goal for the top team in the FIFA rankings, who began their campaign last Thursday with a 3-1 home success over Russia and now have six points from their opening two games in Group I.
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File image of players of Indian football team celebrating after scoring a goal.(PTI)
File image of players of Indian football team celebrating after scoring a goal.(PTI)

FIFA Rankings: India slip out of top 100 in latest charts

By PTI | New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2019 04:54 PM IST
Skipper Sunil Chhetri and Co. slumped six places to be ranked 103 with 1219 points in the FIFA rankings released Thursday.
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File image of players of the Indian football team in action during a match.(Indian Football/ Instagram)
File image of players of the Indian football team in action during a match.(Indian Football/ Instagram)

International Football Friendly: Chhetri-less India take on Jordan in Asian Cup tune-up

By PTI | Amman
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2018 05:46 PM IST
India are ranked 97th while Jordan are placed 112th in the FIFA rankings.
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It was a remarkable achievement for India as they have drawn against a continental top side like China in their own den.(PTI)
It was a remarkable achievement for India as they have drawn against a continental top side like China in their own den.(PTI)

India secure remarkable 0-0 draw against China in historic friendly

By PTI | Suzhou
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2018 08:31 PM IST
In a keenly-watched match played between the two most populous countries in the world but still laggards in the global game, China clearly dominated the proceedings with several chances coming their way but they failed to get a goal.
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Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their second goal with Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne in the third-fourth place play-off match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(REUTERS)
Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their second goal with Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne in the third-fourth place play-off match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(REUTERS)

Belgium join France atop FIFA rankings

By PTI | Laussane
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 05:48 PM IST
Belgium have notched up a pair of wins, including victory over Iceland in the inaugural Nations League competition to bring them level with the French, the team who beat them in the World Cup semi-finals.
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Germany's midfielder Joshua Kimmich (R) vies with France's forward Antoine Griezmann during the UEFA Nations League football match Germany against France on September 6, 2018 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)(AFP)
Germany's midfielder Joshua Kimmich (R) vies with France's forward Antoine Griezmann during the UEFA Nations League football match Germany against France on September 6, 2018 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)(AFP)

UEFA Nations League: All you need to know about the tournament

By Sayan Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2018 09:21 AM IST
The top placed teams in the groups of leagues B, C and D are promoted while the bottom-placed sides will face relegation to the lower tier. The top placed teams in league A will ultimately take part in a playoff encounter – which is the UEFA Nations League final – to be held in June 2019.
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France's Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy as they celebrate winning the World Cup.(Reuters)
France's Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy as they celebrate winning the World Cup.(Reuters)

World champions France top new-style FIFA rankings, Germany slump to 15th

By Reuters | Zurich
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 05:33 PM IST
France are followed by Belgium with Brazil dropping one place to third after their quarter-final exit against the Belgians. Surprise finalists Croatia leapt from 20th to fourth.
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Roger Federer said he was disappointed after Switzerland’s FIFA World Cup 2018 exit.(Reuters)
Roger Federer said he was disappointed after Switzerland’s FIFA World Cup 2018 exit.(Reuters)

Roger Federer hits out at “lethargic” Switzerland following FIFA World Cup 2018 exit

By Reuters | Reuters, London
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2018 12:03 PM IST
Switzerland had been expected to emerge triumphant from their FIFA World Cup 2018 showdown with 24th-ranked Sweden, but a lack of cohesiveness on the pitch left Roger Federer and his eight million fellow Swiss dejected after the final whistle
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Russia will face Saudi Arabia in the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow on Thursday.(AFP)
Russia will face Saudi Arabia in the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow on Thursday.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Pressure on hosts Russia in opener against Saudi Arabia

By Bhargab Sarmah | Hindustan Times, Moscow
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 03:39 PM IST
Russia go into FIFA World Cup 2018 opener on a seven-game winless streak and lowest of all 32 teams in the FIFA rankings. Saudi Arabia hasn’t won a World Cup game since 1994.
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Mohamed Salah’s form and fitness will be key to Egypt’s fortunes at 2018 FIFA World Cup.(AFP)
Mohamed Salah’s form and fitness will be key to Egypt’s fortunes at 2018 FIFA World Cup.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018 team profile: Egypt hope third time is the charm

By Shayne Dias | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2018 09:06 PM IST
Egypt have only made it to football’s biggest tournament twice before and they will be hoping that their appearance in the FIFA World Cup 2018 will end better than their previous appearances.
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