Brazil leads unchanged top 20 in FIFA rankings

Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Friday expressed happiness over India's men's football team breaking into top 100 of FIFA rankings.

Malawi, thanks to a 0-1 loss at the hands of lower ranked Madagascar, lost 49 points, and dropped 13 places down the rankings charts; hence, they dropped from 100th to 113th.

Bafana Bafana remain outside the world's top 60 and Africa's top 10 in this month's Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, with South Africa's position unchanged from April.

CAF's best representatives Egypt sit in 19th place, while 2010 FIFA World Cup runners-up Netherlands have fallen to 32nd spot. "I'm happy the team is winning away and rankings have shot up considerably", the ace striker who played for East Bengal and Mohun Bagan and was one of the key members of the India team at the peak of his career, added. Constantine congratulated his side on their achievement, but also cautioned them against complacency after the historic ranking. It means that we are heading in the right direction.

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India will play Kyrgyzstan in an Asian Cup qualifier on June 13.

The Indian football team.

They had also registered a 4-1 win against Central American opponents Puerto Rico in an global friendly. "There's no place for complacency", Constantine was quoted saying by the AIFF. This rise in their rankings makes India the 11 highest ranked team in Asia. Bitter South American rivals Argentina continued in second place, while World Cup victor Germany stayed in third, followed by Chile in fourth.

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