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Zurich: Thailand enjoyed the biggest move in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking with the ASEAN champions climbing 12 places in the first edition of the global list for 2016.

Kiattisuk Senamuang’s side, who currently sit top of Group E in the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifiers, find themselves in 121st position in FIFA’s ranking for January alongside Bahrain, with the duo raked joint-16th on the Asian list.

Bahrain’s Gulf neighbours Oman entered the top 100, with the Gulf Sultanate moving up to 99th in the world and 12th in Asia, one notch in the continental list above Kyrgyzstan, whose one place rise to 107th sees the Central Asians’ reach their best ever position on the FIFA Ranking.

The top ten in Asia remains unchanged from December’s list with the Confederation’s number one side enjoying a two-place rise on the global list while AFC Asian Cup 2015 winners Australia slipped two spots, with the continental champions dropping to 59th in the world.

 

Full FIFA Ranking for Asia (January)

1 (43) Iran

2 (51) Korea Republic

3 (53) Japan

4 (59) Australia

5 (64) United Arab Emirates

6 (73) Uzbekistan

7 (75) Saudi Arabia

8 (82) China

9 (84) Qatar

10 (86) Jordan

11 (87) Iraq

12 (99) Oman

13 (107) Kyrgyzstan

14 (113) DPR Korea

15 (117) Turkmenistan

16 (121) Bahrain

16 (121) Thailand

18 (125) Syria

19 (131) Palestine

20 (135) Philippines

21 (136) Hong Kong

22 (140) Lebanon

23 (141) Kuwait

24 (146) Vietnam

25 (148) Singapore

25 (148) Tajikistan

27 (153) Afghanistan

28 (156) Guam

29 (157) Maldives

30 (158) Myanmar

31 (163) India

32 (170) Timor-Leste

33 (171) Malaysia

34 (175) Yemen

35 (177) Laos

36 (179) Bangladesh

37 (180) Indonesia

38 (181) Cambodia

39 (182) Chinese Taipei

40 (184) Brunei Darussalam

41 (185) Pakistan

42 (188) Sri Lanka

43 (192) Bhutan

44 (194) Macau

45 (196) Nepal

46 (201) Mongolia

* Note: position on FIFA’s World Ranking in parenthesis 

Photo: AFP

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