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India make history with latest FIFA ranking

India make history with latest FIFA ranking

- For the first time in 21 years, India have made the top 100 in the FIFA rankings

- India beat Cambodia 3-2 in in a friendly and defeated Myanmar an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match

- Nigerians grew up with the mysterious story of how India defeated Nigeria 99-1 in a match

India's men’s football team have made the top 100 teams in the world in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, May 4.

NAIJ.com understands that their new ranking is their first in more than two decades.

India make history with latest FIFA ranking

The Indian national team line-up before a match

The Asian nation has a population of over one billion people but is still a relative unknown in the world of football.

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The nation is ranked alongside Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia on the latest FIFA ranking table topped by Brazil.

Cricket is known as the national sport of India and made the top 100 in 1996, reaching an all-time high of 94, before plunging.

The Blue Tigers beat Cambodia 3-2 in March in a friendly clash before edging out Myanmar 1-0 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match.

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India will play a friendly against Lebanon on June 7 and then an Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan on June 13.

The team has won 11 of their last 13 matches, including an unofficial match against Bhutan, scoring 31 goals in the process.

Meanwhile, Nigeria is still ranked as the 40th best side in the world, retaining their position from the April rankings.

According to legend, India and Nigeria played a match with ended with a 99-1 scoreline.

Nigerians where unable to kick the ball because the football kept turning to a lion, dragon (or something scary) to prevent them from playing the soccer ball.

The Indians later agreed that if Nigeria could score a goal, they would concede defeat. Samuel Okwaraji scored the winning goal and lost his life in the process.

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