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India achieve highest FIFA ranking in six years

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Published Oct 21, 2016, 9:30 am IST
Updated Oct 21, 2016, 9:30 am IST
India have 230 points in the recent rankings and are standings above the likes of Hong Kong, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Thailand.
The rankings have received a reshuffle after the recently-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. (Photo: AIFF)
 The rankings have received a reshuffle after the recently-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. (Photo: AIFF)

New Delhi: The Indian football team on Thursday made an encouraging progress in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rankings, climbing up 11 places to 137th in the list.

India, who defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico in an International Friendly in Mumbai in September, have 230 points in the recent rankings and are standings above the likes of Hong Kong, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Thailand.

 

India, under the tutelage of Stephen Constantine, have now reached what is their best ever ranking since August 2010.

Constantine sounded delighted but wasn't willing to read too much into it.

"When I came over for my second stint, one of my tasks was to improve our FIFA Rankings. With the results which we have had so far, it is clear that we have succeeded," he told www.the-aiff.com.

"It's been a total Team effort. Unless Mr. Patel (AIFF President Praful Patel) and Mr. Das (AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das) allowed me to do the things and the manner I wanted it to be done, this won't have been possible ever," he stressed.

 

"But this is just the beginning of the long-term plan which we envisage for Indian Football. I am certainly not over the moon as I feel my Team can achieve much more," he stated.

The biggest move in the latest ranking is of Montenegro (56th rank), who moved by 49 places while Cyprus (139) is dropped by 49 positions.

The rankings have received a reshuffle after the recently-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. 

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