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India returns in top 100 of FIFA rankings

Indian national football team, Stephen Constantine, India's FIFA ranking

India’s national football continues to shine under the management of Stephen Constantine, as they grabbed their place in top 100 after two decades. FIFA has ranked India at 100th position in their May’s Coca-Cola/FIFA World Ranking notching them a place up from April’s ranking.



It’s not the first time India has been ranked in top 100, but the milestone has been rarely achieved by the future soccer superpower. India was in top 100 previously on two occasions; first in World Ranking’s inaugural year in 1993 when they finished 99, and then in Feb 1996 – when they finished highest ranking of 94.

But, it’s Stephen Constantine second stint led India’s national team who have continued to thrive on FIFA’s ranking chart. From the lowest ranking of 173 in Mar 2015 to 100 in May 2017, is a big leap forward for the Blues and they would love to stay in top 100 for a longer duration this time.

When Constantine took the job for second time, he knew he’ll have hard times but his faith in team paid him. He said, “We needed time to establish our character and needed to change some of our habits to get the team to play to a level that suits India. There is still much to do and perhaps the most important is to qualify for the Asian Cups.”

It’s sad that India didn’t qualify for the 2018’s Russia World Cup, but their continuous improvement in rankings may help them better prepared for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup.

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