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India gains a spot in the FIFA World Ranking

Indian national team

The Indian national team has gained a spot in the latest FIFA World Ranking released today.

Sunil Chhetri and company are now ranked 146th in the world and 25th in Asia with 178 points ahead of the countries like Barbados, Hong Kong and Palestine.

Afghanistan (140th) remain the best team from the SAFF region, while Bangladesh (152nd), the Maldives (154th), Pakistan (167th), Nepal (169th), Sri Lanka (171st) and Bhutan (207th) complete the South Asian line-up.

The Indian team will have its next confirmed international matches at the SAFF Championship in Nepal from September 1 to 11. India could face Tajikistan as part of the SAFF Championship preparations on August 14, but the fixture is yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, Spain have once again defended their place at the top of the FIFA World Ranking with 1532 points ahead of Germany (1273 pts.), Colombia (1206 pts.), Argentina (1204 pts.) and the Netherlands (1180 pts.).

Colombia climbed four places to a personal best of third thanks to some impressive performances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on August 8.