India drops one place to 145th after Asian Cup show

New Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) Indian football team dropped oneplace to 145th in the latest FIFA rankings issued today,following their three-match all-loss show at last month''sAsian Cup in Doha.

India even lost six points from their previous month''skitty. With 126 points, India is 26th, a drop of one placefrom last month, among the 46 countries which form the AsianFootball Confederation.

Asian Cup champions Japan jumped 12 places to toppleAustralia, who finished runners-up in Doha, as AFC''s top teamat 17 in the FIFA charts.

Australia also gained five places to be at 21st, followedby South Korea (32nd) who finished third in the Asian Cup,Iran (44th) who jumped 21 places up the order, and China(75th).

Fourth-place finisher Uzbekistan gained 31 places, themost among all countries in this month''s FIFA chart, to be at77th overall and sixth among AFC members.

Jordan, who reached the quarterfinals after defeatingSaudi Arabia and Syria while drawing Japan, jumped 23 placesto be at 84th overall and eighth among AFC countries.

Among the 16 teams which participated in the January 7-29Asian Cup in Doha, India, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait andSaudi Arabia -- all of them were eliminated in the group stage-- dropped down from their previous positions.

In the overall rankings, there was no change in the topnine led by world champions Spain, with Greece rising totop 10 after gaining one spot.

Last month''s 10th place occupier, Egypt nosedived 23places to 33rd.

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