Ahead of their crucial AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Macau in September, India have slipped one place to 97th in the latest FIFA rankings which were updated on August 10th.
However, a win against Macau would mean that the Indian team would climb to their best ever FIFA ranking, since the current system of points was initiated more than twenty years back. A 1-0 win for India will see them climb to 94th, a position the team last occupied in February of 1996. In the first year of the FIFA world rankings, India were ranked 99th. But a largely unsuccessful spell in the international arena for the next few years saw India ultimately slipping to 173 in March 2015, their worst ever ranking. Ever since coach Stephen Constantine took charge of the team once again, the team has seen a steady rise in the rankings.
Meanwhile, Brazil replaced Germany at the top of the rankings, with ‘Die nationalmannschaft’ slipping to second place. Switzerland and Poland climbed one spot each to be placed fourth and fifth respectively, which meant that Euro winners Portugal slipped down to sixth place. Belgium reached ninth place, replacing France who now occupy the tenth position.