In the most recent FIFA Rankings, the Indian men’s senior national team jumped five places to 101 from 106.
The Blue Tigers climbed the standings by sweeping higher-ranked Kyrgyz Republic and lower-ranked Burma in the Hero Tri-Nation event.
The guys in blue put on an all-around performance. And winning two straight clean sheets in their Tri-Nation success, 1-0 against Myanmar and 2-0 over Kyrgyz Republic. The Igor Stimac-coached team received 8.57 points following the conclusion of the FIFA-affiliated event. Moreover, bringing their total to 1200.66 from 1192.09.
“I am very happy with the team and the boys. They played with a brilliant attitude and the overall environment was also very positive. It’s the result that creates this positivity for us,” Stimac told AIFF Media following the win against Burma.
The Blue Tigers are closing in on the 100th spot in the standings. With the team’s greatest ever position – 94th – obtained under former head coach Rustam Akramov in 1996.
Meanwhile, Argentina has risen to first place, with France, Brazil, Belgium, and England rounding out the top five. Japan, rated 20th, remains the highest-ranked Asian nation following their outstanding accomplishments at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
INDIA’S MEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM MOVES UP 5 POSITIONS TO 101 IN THE CURRENT FIFA RANKINGS
All you need to know is as follows:
- India’s highest FIFA rating to date was 94th, achieved in 1996. In recent years, the country has seldom risen above the top 100.
- The new ‘SUM’ ranking system adds or subtracts points earned or lost after a game to or from the prior point total. It considers the relative strength of the two opponents, with higher-ranked teams predicted to do better against lower-ranked ones.
- India’s recent rise in the rankings is a good omen for the country’s football future, which has been progressively improving in recent years. Via grassroots programmes, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has worked to promote the sport and nurture new talent.
- The Indian men’s squad will compete in a number of international competitions leading up to the AFC Asian Cup 2024 in Qatar. They will compete in the Merdeka Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, the SAFF Championship, and the King’s Cup, to name a few.
- India’s rise in the rankings might bring to more recognition and support for the sport in the country. It might also bring the squad additional worldwide exposure and possibilities to compete against higher-ranked teams.
INDIA’S RISE IN RANKINGS:
India’s recent rise in the FIFA rankings is encouraging for the country’s football landscape. With increasing initiatives and investments aimed at developing the sport, it is feasible that India’s football squad may continue to rise up the ranks in the future years.
According to the most recent FIFA rankings, the Indian men’s football team has risen five places to number 101. The team’s rise in the standings may be credited to recent victories against Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan in the Tri-nation competition, which earned them 8.57 rating points. The victories came in matches conducted in Imphal last month, with scores of 1-0 and 2-0 against Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan, respectively. The current ranking chart is the first of the year; the previous one was released on December 22.
Source : Footballexpress