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Posted May 06, 2017

The team is placed at 100th alongside Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia.

During the Official Emblem unveiling of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, FIFA President Gianni Infantino called India the "passionate giant" of world football.

The boost in ranking came after India defeated Cambodia 3-2 at Phnom Penh on March 22 in a friendly before edging out Myanmar 1-0 at Yangon on March 28 during an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match.

It was in February 1996 that India was placed on the 94th spot, which is the country's best ever Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking.

Photo shows former Argentina's national team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona as he gestures towards unseen Indian fans while attending an event at The Mohun Bagan Football Club in Kolkata. There are major matches ahead and we can not take things lightly.

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While the Blue Tigers will not play any matches this month, they are set to go up in arms against Lebanon and Kyrgyzstan in June, in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019.

One more victory against an global side - 4-1 win over South American opponent Puerto Rico - added another feather to India's cap.

The first 20 places remained unchanged from the previous month as Germany, Chile and Colombia rounded out the top five.

Congratulating the national team, Indian football icon I.M. Vijayan hailed India's entry into the top 100 of the FIFA rankings, saying the side languished too low for a long time and these are signs of improvement which hold promise for the future.