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India's Slide Continues

Indian Football Team's fortunes refuse to improve and the latest FIFA Rankings is another proof. India have registered a drop of 12 places to occupy 167th position in recently released FIFA Rankings. This comes after the Blue Tigers 3-0 Loss to Iran in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier held in Bengaluru on 8th September.


India's FIFA Ranking at the Start of World Cup Qualifiers was 173. A win and a draw against neighbours, Nepal in Preliminary Round of World Cup Qualifiers, under the new coach Stephen Constantine, catapulted the Blue Tigers to 147th in FIFA ranking, which improved to 141 in the next release of Rankings.

But losses against Oman and Guam in 2018 WCQ were a major blow to the Indian Team  and saw them dropping to 156th in next edition. But with new rankings released on September 3, their ranking rose by one place to 155.

India's third consecutive loss against Iran, the highest ranked team in Asia, at Bengaluru meant that Their slide in FIFA ranking continues and now they occupy 167th place withCooks Islands above and Mauritius above them.

With India playing their next set of World Cup Qualifiers against Turkmenistan and Oman in away games on 8th and 13th October without any preparation at home due to ISL team's inability in releasing the national team players for Preparatory Camp, the chances of improving rankings seems bleak.

But with most of the country's football fans busy in deciding their allegiance for ISL Teams and AIFF officials living in continuous state of denial, this news may not have the kind of impact that it should generate.

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