India soar to 100th in FIFA rankings, highest in 21 years
- Author: Julie Sanders May 05, 2017,
May 05, 2017, 18:27
As per the updated rankings on May 4, India, with a total of 331 points, have climbed a spot and are now placed 100th alongside Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia.
Football legend Diego Maradona is set to visit the soccer-crazy city of Kolkata in September 2017, ahead of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup being hosted by India. India will play a friendly against Lebanon on June 7 and then an Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan on June 13.
Colombia found themselves at fifth, while the French national team came on sixth, reports Efe. The national team has secured victories in 11 of their last 13 matches (including an unofficial match against Bhutan), scoring 31 goals in the process.
"It's great news. We have been lying low for too long a period". Head coach Stephen Constantine congratulated his side on the milestone, but warned them against complacency ahead of important matches. That alone shows the loopholes in FIFA's ranking system, which can be gamed to rise up the ladder, as India have done so far. The incident was not punished during the game and the official, a Brazilian, said he not realise at the time that Messi was swearing at him. "But we need to improve in our minds and believe that we can keep on winning football matches", Das added.
Brazil leads an unchanged top 20 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings while Canada rose one spot to No. 108.
The national team's matches against European clubs expose them to a different style of football, which in turn help them become better players.
Iran continued to be the highest ranked country in Asia as they held on to the 28th spot.
South Korea, Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia complete the top 5 Asian teams.