India drop one place to 97th in rankings , Brazil back on top


"World Ranking after a one-month hiatus, replacing reigning FIFA World Cup champions Germany..., who have slipped back into second spot", FIFA said in its statement on Thursday.

Uganda remains the best placed East African country having moved a place up to 73rd while Rwanda have scaled up eight places, moving to 119th courtesy of their win over Tanzania in the CHAN 2018 qualifiers last month.

But in July, there was hardly any worldwide football for Sunil Chhetri and team.

India are now on 341 points and are lagging four points behind 96th placed Zambia.

The United States climbed nine places to 26th after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup last month.

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India are slated to take part in the Champions Cup next where Mauritius and St. Kitts and Nevis are expected to take part. The tri-nation meet was originally scheduled to be held in Chennai but has now been shifted to Mumbai.

The Gurpreet Singh Sandhu-led side were ranked 171 when Constantine took over as the national team's coach for the second time in February 2015.

Brazil is back on top of the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, replacing World Cup holder Germany, while Canada moved up five spots after a strong showing at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

South Korea and Saudi Arabia have risen two spots each to be 49th and 59th, respectively.