The phrase, “Hard work never goes in vain” appropriately suits on Indian national football team. In the latest FIFA World Ranking released on July 6, Indian football team has moved four places up to the 96th position.
With this rank, the Indian football team has achieved its best FIFA ranking in the last 21 years. Now India is the 12th highest ranked team in Asia, while Iran leads the chart at the 23rd spot. India’s previous best was the 94th position in February 1996.
All India Football Federation President Praful Patel on Twitter termed the achievement as a “giant leap of faith for Indian football”.
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 6, 2017
India has been averaging at the 134th rank since the creation of the world football ranking system. When Stephen Constantine took over as national football coach for the second time in February 2015, India was on 171th position.
On the present ranking, Indian national football coach Constantine said, “When I took over, I had mentioned that my target was to bring India below 100 rank. I am happy to have played a small part in this process. Kudos to the boys, the staff and a big thanks to my colleagues in All India Football Federation (AIFF) for supporting us all throughout”.
“But the present FIFA spot doesn’t mean that we have achieved much. We need to stay focused on the upcoming challenges”, he added.
It is the consistent and remarkable performances of the national team that helps them to climb to 77 places over the last two years. The team has won 13 of its last 15 matches and is unbeaten in the last eight games.
AIFF general secretary Kushal Das stated, “This comes as a huge boost ahead of our next AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Macau on September 5, 2017. Hats off to the team for giving it their all in achieving this milestone. Qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 stays our top priority.”
The present ranking of India will definitely motivate the players to give their 100 percent to qualify for the World Cup 2022.