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INDIA FINISHES 105th IN FIFA RANKING 2017


The final FIFA ranking of the year 2017 was released yesterday. India certainly improved a lot from where they at the beginning of the year.
The Indian men's football ended the year at 105th spot in the FIFA rankings, unchanged from last month, released today. The Sunil Chhetri-led side, who were not slated to play any international fixtures since the previous rankings were released last month, retained their spot with 320 points. 
India began the year at the 129th spot and broke into top 100 by occupying 96th -- the second best ever after the 94th of February 1996 -- in July.
Among Asian countries, the Indian team is in the 15th spot, just below Qatar, but ahead of the likes of Jordan, Bahrain and North Korea. Iran (overall 32nd) leads the rankings among Asian countries, followed by Australia (38th) and Japan (57th).
World champions Germany, who qualified to defend their crown in Russia by winning all 10 of their qualifiers and have been unbeaten in 15 matches in 2017, succeed Argentina and Belgium, who were ‘Team of the Year' in 2016 and 2015 respectively, according to FIFA.
Germany held on to the top spot in a largely unchanged ranking that reflects the fact that just 41 ‘A' internationals have been played since the previous edition and that few of those involved teams at the top end of the table.