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The Men in Blue plummet by seven places in the latest edition of the FIFA rankings released this month

There is some unsavoury news for Indian football fans as their national team has gone down the rankings ladder to the 165th spot and are placed 32th in the continent.

Following their disappointing performance in the Challenge Cup 2012 In March wherein they lost all their group B matches against Tajikistan, Philippines and DPR Korea without managing to score a single goal.

In the last rankings released by the governing body for world football, India had gone down to 158 from 154.

Among the SAFF nations, Nepal continue to enjoy their dominance being the highest ranked at 149 while Bangladesh and Maldives are placed at 152 and 164 respectively.

Following their Challenge Cup triumph, DPR Korea have gone up to the 86th spot with Turkmenistan at 142. Tajikistan are placed at 131 with Philippines at 148.

Australia continues to be the highest ranked Asian nation occupying the 21st position followed by Japan at 30, with South Korea going down to 31.

Spain have maintained top position in the latest Fifa World Ranking as the champions in South Africa 2010 continue to be the team to beat.

Germany have climbed one spot in the table as they are now the number two, with 2011 Copa America winners Uruguay moving into third position.

Despite not playing any games in the past month, losing World Cup finalists Netherlands have dropped two places in the ranking, and now sit fourth.

Portugal have leapfrogged Brazil (sixth) and England (seventh) to move up to fifth, with Croatia (eighth), Denmark (ninth) and Argentina completing the top 10.

Italy have slipped three places and now sit 12th in the ranking, behind Russia and ahead of Chile.

Cote d'Ivoire are the best-placed African team on the list at number 15 despite losing the 2012 African Nations Cup in February to Zambia (40th).

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