Indian men's football team jumps five places in latest FIFA Rankings
Indian men's senior national team leapt five places into 101 from 106 in the latest FIFA Rankings.
The Blue Tigers' comprehensive victories over higher-ranked Kyrgyz Republic and lower-ranked Myanmar in the Hero Tri-Nation tournament led them to move upwards in the rankings.
It was an all-round display from the men in Blue as they recorded two straight clean sheet victories in their Tri-Nation triumph – 1-0 over Myanmar and 2-0 over Kyrgyz Republic. The Igor Stimac-coached side gained 8.57 points after the culmination of the FIFA-affiliated tournament thereby taking their points tally to 1200.66 from 1192.09.
⬆️ The #BlueTigers 🐯 rise five places in the @FIFAcom rankings! 💪🏾 #BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/GWf2TIZ6QU— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 6, 2023
“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,” spoke Stimac to the AIFF Media in the post-match press conference after the win over Myanmar.
The Blue Tigers are at a striking distance of closing down the 100th-mark in the rankings, with the side’s highest ever ranking – 94th – was achieved under former head coach Rustam Akramov in 1996.
Meanwhile, Argentina climbed to the first place followed by France, Brazil, Belgium, and England in the top five. Japan, who is ranked 20th, remained as the highest-ranked Asian team after their stellar performances at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.