Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Brazil leads unchanged top 20 in FIFA rankings


The Brazil national football team remained at the top of the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.

India last found themselves in the top 100 way back in 1996 and the 94th rank that India achieved in February 1996 is their highest ranking till date.

Historic wins including a 1-0 victory over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers - the first ever win in Myanmar in over 64 years, and first ever win in an away encounter in over a decade when they defeated Cambodia 3-2 in an International Friendly have propelled the national team to the rise in the ranking table. This means that every team ranked between 101 and 113 on the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings charts, including India (who were on 101), jumped one spot by default. It means that we are heading in the right direction. Constantine congratulated his side on their achievement, but also cautioned them against complacency after the historic ranking. "There's no place for complacency", said Constantine.

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The Indian team had also recorded their first ever win in an away encounter in over a decade when they defeated Cambodia 3-2 in an global friendly. India will play a friendly against Lebanon on June 7 and then an Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan on June 13. "However, what it does is create a positive perception about a country's football", he said.

The South Americans - five-time Fifa World Cup winners - had surged to the top spot for the first time in seven years last month at the expense of great rivals Argentina.

Argentina continued in second place, while World Cup victor Germany stayed in third, followed by Chile in fourth.

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