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India soar to 96th in FIFA Rankings, second highest ever

News Agencies | Updated on: 6 July 2017, 16:26 IST

The Indian football team's surge in FIFA rankings continued as they climbed up by four places to an unprecedented 96th spot, their second-best ranking of all time.

The upward movement in rankings came following India's 2-0 win against Nepal in a friendly. They also emerged victorious against Kyrgyzstan in AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers group match last month.

This is also India's best-ever FIFA Ranking since February 1996 when India were also ranked 94. It is also India's highest ranking under coach Stephen Constantine.

The Gurpreet Singh Sandhu-led side were ranked 171 when Constantine took over as the national team's coach for the second time in February 2015. Since then, India have moved up by 77 places in the rankings over the last two years.

India, who are currently on 341 points and are seven behind 95th placed Cyprus, have now won 13 of their last 15 matches and are unbeaten in the last eight matches.

India will now face Macau in the third round of the Asian Cup qualifying clash on September 5.

-ANI

First published: 6 July 2017, 16:26 IST
 
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