Favourite club: FC Barcelona
Favourite player: Lionel Messi
If you keep trying hard, you will eventually succeed and this adage has been finally proven correct by the Men’s Indian football team. For the first time in 21 years, India is now in the first hundred of the FIFA rankings and things have finally started to look up for the team. For a nation mostly crazy with cricket and international football, the home team’s win in the top 100 is indeed special. The announcements made by FIFA on the 4th of May placed India on the 100th position, a spot they share with Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia.
Many contribute this rise to the coach Stephen Constantine and his relentless efforts to bring the best out of the team. The team itself has been playing away matches for quite some time now and the recent victories over Myanmar and Cambodia have resulted in the current climb on the rankings. What remains to be seen is whether this climb is a steady one or will India again lose out on the position and slide out of the first hundred. As of now the team is looking at the 2019 Asian Cup and hopes to go through it with flying colours.
Football in India is most relegated to the club levels and any kind of frenzy is to be seen just in Bengal with the rivalry between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal being an eternal one. Well, Bengalis have one more reason to cheer about when it comes to football and now they can shout for their nation as well.