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Post by jayakris » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:04 pm

The new FIFA rankings came out, and we stay at #105. FIFA has quietly corrected the mistake they made last month when their point total was wrong by 12.75 points, as I had posted on Oct 16th. Otherwise, we would ave been down to #110. All the numbers are correct this month, and we have 319.67 points. As of now, we should move up by about 4 or 5 spots by January (333.12 points). Then the BIG GAME comes up in March - the away game against Kyrgyz Republic. KGZ has come up very nicely to #115 right now. Assuming they stay somewhere around there, we have a chance to go well above 400 points and be ranked somewhere in the 80s in April 2018 if we can pull off a win there - which will be tough of course.

We are #15 in Asia now, but have a chance to move up to top-12 or top-10. For that we need to beat KGZ in our next game on March 27, 2018. The result of that match can place us at around #85 (win) or in the 95-100 range (tie or loss).

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Post by jayakris » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:05 pm

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Anybody knows the exact date when they will seed 12 teams and make the 24-team draw for the Asian Cup (Jan 2019)? The qualifying gets done in March 2018, but I have not found the exact date when they will make draw. The date may be relevant.
2019 AFC Asin Cup wikipedia page now says that the draw will be made on April 28, 2018. So, I assume that they will use the FIFA April rankings. The March 23rd match against the currently #115 Kyrgiz Republic in Bishkek is the next game we will play, and that game is extremely important for us to raise our rankings and get a top-12 seeding at the Asian Cup.

I just ran some numbers in my ranking spreadsheet and found that playing any friendly match before that KGZ match will only drop our ranking (because it will make the point averaging divisor for the latest year to become 9 instead of 8), unless it is a win against a top-125 team. That is not a risk we need to take. We should stay put, prepare well to get to KGZ early, and be ready to win that game. Win it, and we are in the world top-85. It will be unbelievable if that happens. We have a golden chance right now, so we should try our best to make use of it. The upcoming I-League and ISL seasons will help sharpen the players a bit more, and hopefully everybody will stay injury-free till March next year.

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Re: Football: Indian National Team news ...

Post by rajitghosh » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:58 am

http://www.espn.in/football/india/story ... of-concern

On India's preparation for the Asia Cup.

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Post by rajitghosh » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:59 am

http://www.espn.in/football/india/story ... of-concern

On India's preparation for the Asia Cup.

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Post by jayakris » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:28 pm

rajitghosh wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:59 am
http://www.espn.in/football/india/story ... of-concern On India's preparation for the Asia Cup.
That article is utter BS. It says,
India's FIFA ranking -- the second factor in determining which pot they go into in the draw -- had gone up to a two-decade high of 96 last July, but has slipped since. India is now ranked 105 due to a lack of international matches since the start of the Indian Super League (ISL) in November.
Plain bunkum. Our ranking is where it is because we have played precisely the number of matches we had to play to keep that ranking. AIFF (and whoever is tracking this correctly for Stephen Constantine) have done a terrific job in doing what was needed to get us close to a ranking we need to get to, as as to keep at least a possibility of a seeding at the Asia Cup (which can happen if we beat KGZ away in March). Playing even one extra match unnecessarily, with a win against a minnow or a loss or tie against a good team, could have dropped our ranking.

Asia Cup is an year away. Let the players concentrate on the domestic ISL and I-League seasons that are going on. After the seeding is done for the Asia Cup, we can figure out where to play sometime later in the year.

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Post by PKBasu » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:17 am

While I've been in India in the past couple of months (for a week each both months), I was confused about the ISL and I-League going on simultaneously. Doesn't that defeat the purpose somewhat? Shouldn't the best I-League players be picked up to play the ISL? With both occurring simultaneously, won't the quality of the I-League suffer?

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Post by jayakris » Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:46 pm

PKBasu wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:17 am
While I've been in India in the past couple of months (for a week each both months), I was confused about the ISL and I-League going on simultaneously. Doesn't that defeat the purpose somewhat? Shouldn't the best I-League players be picked up to play the ISL? With both occurring simultaneously, won't the quality of the I-League suffer?
Well, they have not reached an agreement on the status of the two leagues. Officially they are not first and second divisions or anything at this point, though everybody thinks ISL is of higher quality. Keeping some of the old domestic clubs like the Kolata clubs is really the issue. Teams like Mohun Bagan and Mohammedans do not want to come up with the money needed to join ISL or go up to some of the professional standards required in the ISL, which is the issue. The I-League quality has suffered, but what can we do? But the impression I get is that it is not an out-and-out fight for the time being, and that they are all trying to come up with some formula to encourage the big-money new clubs in ISL, without killing the traditional clubs in the I-League. Maybe something will get worked out in a year or two .

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Post by prasen9 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:54 pm

Though I bleed green-maroon, the traditional clubs are useless if they do not want to go the professional route. Let them die. They have done diddly squat for us. At least in Kolkata, if the new professional club does well, they will sell out and have victory parades etc.

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