FIFA ranking: India ranked 137 climbed eleven spot from last month ranking
Indian football has witnessed a great past week this October. India finished high on FIFA rankings this October with ranking of 137th, their highest ever rank in last six years. It’s not only a great achievement for Indian national football team, on Wednesday, Bengaluru FC also become the first Indian team to reach to AFC Cup final after beating Johor Darul Ta’zim 4-1 aggregate in semifinal match. India is writting another chapter in Indian football history.
A year ago, India was at its lowest ranked 173, when coach Stephen Constantine took the charge of Indian national football team for the second time. In one year, he has done tremendous job in improving the India’s rank in FIFA rankings. From 173 to 137, is a big achiement, and India could finish the year on high as well.
Last time India achieved the 137th rank was in August 2010, and since then it hasn’t gone upward in rankings. India, who defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico in an International Friendly in Mumbai in September, garnered 230 points for the month. Last month they finished at 148th, but their 23o points gain for the month earned them 11 spot upward movement to 137th.
Stephen Constantine is convinced, he has more work to do,”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 added.
“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.
“We have been able to reduce the average age of the team from around 32 to 24 which is very significant indeed,” he stressed on the AIFF youth development programme.
“The AIFF Academies were set with a purpose and if you look at my Team, there is continuity. We have introduced so many youngsters from the AIFF Youth Development setup and also from the AIFF scouting network,” he maintained.
India is certainly going to achieve new heights, but first they have to get past their highest ever ranking of 94 registered in February 1996. There are major challenges ahead, and we hope AIFF will find a better solution to stop the conflict arising due to their latest development of making ISL as premier league of India, and taking I-league to secondary division.
Meanwhile at the top five, FIFA rankings also witnessed major chances. While, Argentina remains at top, Belgium slipped to two places finished at 4th. Germany took the 2nd spot and Brazil spotted at 3rd. Colombia finishes at 5th, followed by Chile, France, Portugal, Uruguay and Spain from sixth to tenth place respectively.