Japan go top as Myanmar also surge
Kuala Lumpur: Japan became Asia’s top ranked team at 28 after Islamic Republic of Iran dropped six spots, in the latest FIFA World Ranking which was released on Thursday.
IR Iran dropped to second at 33 following their recent defeat to Iraq in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Japan - who are unbeaten in the Asian Qualifiers - maintained their World Ranking at 28.
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Myanmar were the biggest movers in Asia, climbing 11 spots to 136 following impressive wins over Nepal, who fell three rungs to 170th, Tajikistan (121st, down five spots) and Mongolia (190th, down four).
Kuwait (147th, up 9) also made a substantial jump on the back of their fine results in the Asian Qualifiers, having defeated Chinese Taipei and Nepal.
Malaysia, thanks to wins over Thailand and Indonesia in the Asian Qualifiers, moved up four places to 154th.
🔥Japan are now the best team in Asia based on the latest #FIFARanking!— AFC (@theafcdotcom) November 28, 2019
🎈 Myanmar climb 11 spots - highest-ever in the world
⬆️ Kuwait move up 9 spots, Malaysia move up 4 spots pic.twitter.com/7LMk08nVGC
Korea Republic, at 41st, remained the Continent’s third highest ranked side, while Australia (42nd) and Qatar (55th), maintained their positions to complete the top five.
Saudi Arabia moved up two spots to 67th, as did Iraq to 70th, with United Arab Emirates (71st, down 4), China PR (75th, down 6) and Syria (79th, up 4) completed Asia's top 10.
The complete FIFA World Ranking can be viewed here.
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