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FIFA rankings: Argentina and Brazil rise to the top, while India remain in 137th position

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The race for the FIFA Team of the year heats up

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 10: Paulinho #15 of Brazil and Messi #10 of Argentina battle for the ball during a match between Brazil and Argentina as part 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier at Mineirao stadium on November 10, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)
Argentina remained top of the FIFA rankings

Argentina have remained top spot of the FIFA rankings, despite a concerning international break, where they experienced contrasting results. Brazil’s 3-0 win over Argentina has taken them to 2nd spot in the FIFA rankings, while India have remained in 137th spot, despite not playing a game this month.

These are the second last rankings to be released by FIFA this year, with those to be released in December deciding FIFA’s team of the year. Brazil’s rise of 134 points (1544 in total) this month has taken them to 2nd place above Germany, just 90 points behind Argentina at the top (1634).

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Chile are also another side to rise this month in the top ten, with their rise to 4th place making it three South-American sides in the Top 5, with Belgium in 5th place. Colombia, France, Portugal, Uruguay and Spain are in places 6-10, making it 5 South American sides and 5 European sides in the top ten of the FIFA Men’s Ranking.

From the 134 matches played in total in November, Israel had the biggest points haul of 145 points, while Armenia rose 38 places in ranks to confirm the biggest move up the table. Chad were the biggest losers this month, experiencing the largest drop of 155 points to drop a staggering 49 places down the table.

India remain in 137th place

Having had no international games scheduled this month due to the ongoing Indian Super League, the Indian national football team still surprisingly managed to maintain 137th place in the FIFA rankings, which is their highest rank since 2010, achieved thanks to a 4-1 win over Puerto Rico in September.

Guinea-Bissau (68, up 1), Curaçao (75, up 2), and Comoros (139, up 4) also were the sides to reach their highest ever FIFA ranking this month. Stephen Constantine’s side is still expected to experience a slight fall in December, as teams around them have fixtures scheduled for the last month of the year.

Also Read: India targets qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Praful Patel 

There was speculation over Stephen Constantine’s future as the manager of the national team with former Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood rumoured to be in the mix, but that was put to bed by the AIFF offering the Cypriot a 1 year extension, following India’s rise up the table this year.

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