FIFA rankings: India finish 2017 in 105th place, make 30-place jump from previous year
The latest official FIFA World Ranking has been released and the Indian national football team has ended the year at 105, thus moving neither up nor down from the previous month's position. Having ended the previous year at 135th spot, the side has had a historic run this time around, remaining unbeaten over the 12-month period.
This also marks India's highest-ever year-end finish since 1993, where the team finished exactly in 100th place. Since then, the best ever finish before this was 106, which was achieved six years later in 1999.
Among the teams in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Indian team is ranked 15th behind Oman and Qatar, who are 101 and 102 in the world respectively.
The national team last lost a match all the way back in March 2016, which came at the hands of Turkmenistan at home in the World Cup qualifiers. Since then, they have been on a 13-match unbeaten streak, which most recently features a 2-2 draw against Myanmar on November 14.
In April's rankings update, India made an incredible jump of 31 places in one month after recording two wins against Cambodia and Myanmar in the previous month. History was made in May then, as the team broke into the Top 100 for the first time in over two decades -- 21 years, to be precise.
By the July update, the team was placed in 96th place and then 97 in August but in September, Stephen Constantine's men exited the Top 100 to be placed at 107th.
Their next assignment is in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, where they will take on the Kyrgyz Republic away from home in March next year.
At the top of the rankings, it is reigning world champions Germany who occupy the pole position and will receive the Team of the Year award, with Brazil and Portugal behind them in second and third place.