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India improve FIFA rankings to 166

Posted on Dec 20, 09:36AM | IBNS

India rose three steps in the World FIFA rankings to 166, ahead of immediate neighbourhood Bangladesh 168, and posted 31st place in the Asian continent, as the World football body released its latest standing of the football playing nations.

India began the year 2012 with 158th FIFA rankings in January and improved to 154 in February, but subsequently they slid to 169 in November following defeats in the AFC Cup championship and lately 0-2 defeat to Singapore in a friendly.

However, the Men in Blue restored some prestige with the win of Nehru Cup in Delhi defeating Cameroon 5-4 in penalties after they locked 2-2 in playing time.

India's place is above Bangladesh (168), Pakistan (189), Sri Lanka (190) and Nepal (171) among the teams from the sub-continent.

India under Dutch coach Wim Koversman will begin campaign again when they play qualifying games in March for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. India in the group of Myanmar, Chinese Taipei and Guam in Group A.

Spain are top of World in rankings and Japan topped in Asia.