Brazil extend lead at top of Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

For the first time since 1996 India breaks into the top-100 in latest Fifa rankings

The FIFA rankings were released on 4 May 2017.

The boost in ranking comes after India beat Cambodia 3-2 in Phnom Penh on March 22 in a friendly clash before edging out Myanmar 1-0 in Yangon on March 28 during an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match. Constantine congratulated his side on their achievement, but also cautioned them against complacency after the historic ranking.

One more victory against an global side - 4-1 win over South American opponent Puerto Rico - added another feather to India's cap.

"As long as we keep heading up the ladder I am happy".




None of the leading South American and European national teams played in April, but Brazil extended its lead over second-place Argentina because previous matches changed in value. India will play a friendly against Lebanon on June 7 and then an Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan on June 13. All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das said: "It's pleasing that we are presently ranked 100". Bitter South American rivals Argentina continued in second place, while World Cup victor Germany stayed in third, followed by Chile in fourth.

Even though an expanded World Cup will welcome nine African nations, Bafana Bafana's now 12th which underlines how much the national team needs to improve to meet the mark in the years to come.

South was next at the 43rd position while Japan was one rung below at 44th.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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