FIFA Current Affairs - 2019

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FIFA latest Rankings: India remains static at 101

In the latest FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Ranking Indian football team remains static at 101st place and Belgium continued to top.The FIFA Ranking ranks men’s national teams in association football.

About FIFA Ranking

It was first introduced in December 1992. It is a ranking system by FIFA, football’s world governing body, in which teams of member nations of FIFA are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest.

Top 10 Countries in Latest FIFA Rankings-

(1) Belgium, (2) France (3) Brazil (4) England (5) Portugal (with +2), (6) Croatia (with -1), (7) Spain (with +2), (8) Uruguay (with -2), (9) Switzerland (with-1) and (10) Denmark

Key Highlights

Portugal climbed 2 places in latest FIFA rankings to 5th after it added the inaugural Nations League title to their European Championship crown.

Belgium: It continued to top overall world rankings after back-to-back wins (3-0) over Kazakhstan and Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying.

France: The world champions France was ranked 2nd.

India: The Indian football team retained its 101st place in FIFA rankings (same as April 2019) even though India had finished 3rd in King’s Cup in Thailand, which was a FIFA-sanctioned tournament. At present Indian football team is at 18th spot among Asian countries, followed by Iran (20th).

Under newly appointed coach Igor Stimac, although Indian men lost to higher-ranked Curacao (by 1-3) before beating hosts Thailand 1-0, but still these results did not make any difference to India’s rankings as points made by India remained same at 1219 as that of previous list, issued on 4 April 2019.

Other Asian countries: Japan (28), Korea (37), Australia (43) and Qatar (55) form the top five countries in Asia.

Others: Germany is up to rank 11, which it holds as tie with Argentina. Italy rose 3 places to rank 14, which again is a tie with Netherlands which lost Nations League final. Mexico is ranked 18 ahead of Gold Cup 2019 and the United States drops six ranks to currently at 30.

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Football: China to host AFC Asian Cup 2023

After South Korea’s withdrawal from their bid to stage Asian Cup Football tournament bid China will now be hosting 2023 AFC Asian Cup. China was the sole other bidder and now has a free run to become hosts.

Key Details

  • Background: In 2017, The KFA announced Seoul’s bid to host the 24-nation AFC 2023 edition. It would have been after a gap of 63 years that South korea would have hosted the most prestigious football tournament in Asia. It hosted AFC for the first time in 1960.
  • About: South korea’s withdrawal from Asian Cup means that on 4 June 2019 China should be confirmed by Asian Football Confederation as new host of the Asian nations championship finals. Previously, Indonesia and Thailand had expressed interest in hosting AFC 2023 event, but then dropped their bids.
  • Earlier: This is the second time China will be hosting the event. It was in 2004 when China staged the tournament lost with 3-1 to Japan in Beijing final.
  • Reason: As per the Korea Football Association (KFA) it pulled out of hosting tournament so as to ‘strategically focus’ on a joint bid with North Korea to host Women’s World Cup which will also be held in 2023.

About Women’s World Cup 2023

  • Background: The KFA announced the joint bid with North Korea in March 2019.
  • For the Women’s World Cup 2023 the South Korean government and Fifa (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) will provide active support so that joint hosting by South and North Koreas can be materialized.
  • But after recent North Korea-US nuclear talks deadlocked, the diplomatic contacts between Pyongyang (North Korea Capital) and Seoul (South Korea Capital) have been dwindling.

Note

  • The AFC 2019 tournament was 17th edition of AFC Cup was held from 5 January to 1 February 2019.
  • It was hosted by ‎United Arab Emirates (UAE). The number of participant team was expanded to 24 nations for the first time from the earlier 16-team format. Qatar won the final with 3-1 against Japan.

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