✍️ Divyansh Kumar
🗓️ Jul 28, 2023
The Blue Tigers Roar: India’s Inspirational Journey in FIFA Rankings
In recent times, Indian football has undergone a remarkable transformation, and the nation’s ascent in the FIFA rankings has brought immense pride and joy to fans. Led by the legendary Sunil Chhetri, the Indian football team has exhibited exceptional performances, earning significant victories in prestigious competitions.
As of July 27, 2023, India has achieved the 99th spot in the FIFA rankings, a remarkable feat for a country with a deep passion for the beautiful game. This article celebrates India’s recent journey in the FIFA rankings and follows their rise with unwavering enthusiasm.
A Historic Climb:
India’s journey up the FIFA rankings has been nothing short of extraordinary. The team’s recent displays in international tournaments like the Intercontinental Cup and the SAFF Championship have propelled them into the top 100. From the 106th position in March 2023, India has broken into the sub-100 ranking for the first time since 2018. With five wins and two draws in seven games played during June, India accumulated 4.24 ranking points, elevating them to the 100th position in the global rankings. This upward trajectory is a testament to the team’s resilience and unwavering determination.
The Influence of Sunil Chhetri:
At the core of India’s success lies the iconic Sunil Chhetri, an inspiration both on and off the field. Chhetri’s scoring prowess has played a pivotal role in India’s recent triumphs, placing him among the top goal-scorers in international football alongside legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. With an impressive record of 85 goals in 133 matches, Chhetri’s contributions have been indispensable in propelling the team up the rankings. His leadership and exceptional performances have motivated the entire squad to perform at their best, endearing him to fans and teammates alike.
India’s recent achievements in various tournaments highlight its progress on the global stage. Noteworthy victories in the Tri-Nation Series in March, followed by the Intercontinental Cup in June, and the SAFF Championship in July, have been significant highlights of their journey. The team’s attacking style of play, coupled with improved fitness and extensive training, has been instrumental in their success. The victory against Lebanon in the Intercontinental Cup final stands out as a defining moment, showcasing the team’s determination and skill.
Looking to the Future:
India’s current accomplishments in the FIFA rankings carry significant implications for its future endeavours. Their rise to the 18th spot in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is a major boost for their World Cup qualifiers draw. Being placed in Pot 2 for the draw means they will avoid facing some of the higher-ranked teams, providing them with a favourable chance to progress to the next round of qualifiers and potentially secure a spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
As India continues to climb the FIFA rankings, fans across the nation are filled with jubilation and hope for the future of Indian football. The team’s exceptional performances, led by the inspiring duo of Sunil Chhetri and coach Igor Stimac, have been nothing short of awe-inspiring. While challenges may lie ahead, India’s journey in the FIFA rankings reflects its determination to leave a mark on the global football stage. As passionate fans cheer for their beloved Blue Tigers, the nation eagerly anticipates more memorable moments in Indian football’s glorious rise. On behalf of all the Indian Fans, I hope the team Qualifies for the 2026 World Cup! That will be all Folks! Jai Hind!
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