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Kuwait soar in latest FIFA Ranking

Kuala Lumpur: Kuwait were the Continent's biggest movers, climbing 16 spots to 160, in the latest FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday.

The Kuwaitis' improvement was thanks to their 2-0 friendly victory over Palestine, while the top four remained unchanged - with the Islamic Republic of Iran (36th) staying as Asia's top-ranked.

Australia (40th) occupy second with third-placed Japan (60th) followed closely by Korea Republic (61st) in fourth place.

Saudi Arabia climbed three places to 67 - meaning Asia's five FIFA World Cup Russia 2018-bound teams round up the Continent's top five.

Elsewhere, the Philippines moved up two rungs to 111 - their best ever position in the FIFA World Ranking following positive results in recent months – which included qualifying for their maiden AFC Asian Cup.

The next FIFA World Ranking will be released on June 7.

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