5 teams that India are ahead of in the FIFA World Rankings
Would you be surprised to hear that India are ahead of countries that have previously appeared at World Cups?
The latest FIFA World Rankings were released today and the Indian national men's team sits at 97, up two spots from where they were in March. It continues the steady rise that the team has enjoyed over the last two seasons.
Glancing across the rankings, we actually had a look at some of the countries that India are ahead of in the list, some of which genuinely piqued our interest.
#5 Armenia (Current ranking: 98, Avg. ranking: 95)
So, India are now officially a spot better than the team Henrikh Mkhitaryan plays for?
Mkhitaryan has played at the highest levels from Shakhtar Donetsk to Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United and now Arsenal and he is the best player in his national side and its captain.
The mainstay of Armenia's squad is composed of players plying their trade in the country and in neighbouring ones, but they do have a handful of players outside of Mkhitaryan playing across major European leagues, such as France and Portugal.
And considering that India, with all due respect to the current team, has no player in Mkhitaryan's class is actually better off in the rankings than Armenia is very much a sign of the improvement the team has made.