India’s football journey is reaching new heights. The national football team sets its sights on achieving India’s highest FIFA ranking in recent history. After an impressive performance, India has secured a place among the top 100 footballing nations. With focus and determination, the squad aims to surpass India’s best FIFA ranking.
India’s entry to the top 100 in the FIFA rankings as the 100th-ranked football nation is a significant improvement as they have surpassed dominant Asian forces such as New Zealand and Lebanon. Argentina remains at the top of the world rankings followed by the 2022 World Cup finalists France. Brazil holds the third position and England and Belgium are on fourth and fifth respectively. Japan is the highest-ranked Asian team on the list holding the 20th position.
India 6 positions away to reach their highest FIFA ranking
India’s best FIFA ranking was an impressive 94, achieved back in 1996 and the last time India held a spot in the top 100 was in 2016 when they ranked 98th. India’s triumphs in recent tournaments, including the Tri-Nations Series in March and the Intercontinental Cup 2023 this month, have made the leap possible.
Under the guidance of head coach Igor Stimac, India’s recent form and performances have garnered attention and praise. Since their defeat against Vietnam in the Tri-series tournament last September, the Indian team has been on an unbeaten streak. With seven wins and two draws in their last nine matches, India has showcased its improvement and competitiveness. Stimac’s man-management and the team’s efforts have contributed to their impressive run.
India’s dominance at home has been a crucial factor. The team has remained unbeaten at home for the past four years, with their last loss coming against Oman. India’s defensive strength under Igor Stimac has been exceptional, highlighted by their remarkable feat of eight consecutive clean sheets before conceding an own goal in the final match of the SAFF Championship group stage against Kuwait.
As India prepares for the SAFF Championship 2023 semifinal against Lebanon, their defensive prowess will play a crucial role in their pursuit of victory. A potential ninth SAFF Championship win would undoubtedly enhance their chances of achieving their best FIFA ranking. This team has shown a lot of promise in the biggest of occasions for far and with an entry into the AFC Asian Cup 2023, the team has the capability to upset the top Asian nations. As India continues to make waves in the footballing world, fans and supporters eagerly await India’s highest FIFA ranking to date.