The fan-following for football all over the world is intense. The grading of the football team translates to its popularity as well. India football ranking is 105th in the world. Indian football team captain, Sunil Chhetri does provide hope for the improvement in ranking.
The extremely talented Croatian mentor and promising youthful sportsmen in the team do give birth to ambition for reaching the top 100. Although rankings are vital indicators, they do not dictate the robustness of the team. Our India football captain has many skillful players comprising the team to redefine India’s caliber in football.
Looking at the Indian team‘s position over the years, it becomes clear that the journey is like a rollercoaster ride. India started on the 143rd rank in FIFA in 1992. It was a moment of tremendous joy when blue tigers were able to secure their place in the top hundred by the end of 1993.
This joy was shattered when the Indian football team was unable to play substantial international matches which led to the place falling to 121 at the end of 1995. However, the gilded era for the team proved to be long-lived through the 1950s and 1960s.
Bhaichung Bhutia alongside Vijayan took command of the team and established the position to 94th. To date, it remains the best India football ranking.
This momentum was lost with the turn of the millennium and for a brief time of 15 years, India showed very little improvement. Vijayan and Ansari retired in 2003 and a steady decline in consistency was witnessed. Our current Indian football team captain who was young and new to the game shouldered the burden alongside Bhutia.
After a terrible play in the AFC Asian Cup, Bhutia also retired leaving Chhetri alone to regain the balance of the team. This plummeted India’s rank to 171 in 2014. Eventually, an all-time low of 173rd position was recorded in the history of Indian football.
This shock led to many substantial changes being executed. Stephen Constantine was re-hired as the head coach and a little improvement was seen. The transformation of ISL to India’s Premier league proved a beneficial factor for India’s talented players to showcase their skill set.
Igor Stimac, India football captain, Sunil Chhetri, and the promising team are ready to play against Qatar, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Victories and overall good performance could assist in raising India’s ranking from the present 105th position. There might be some hesitation because of past failures but dreams of a better future are also unwavering.
Indian football team fans are ready to cheer and motivate the Blue Tigers with all their might. The team has the potential to do better and regain its lost glory. The hopes for improvement aren’t lost. If all goes well then fans might witness a new record being set by the team.