Doha, – Qatar have dropped five places in the FIFA’s April ranking that was announced on Thursday, coming 89th internationally on 369 points and 10th at the Asian level.
The Maroon ranked eighth in Asia in the previous ranking but this time was preceded by Iran, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, UAE, Syria and China.
Meanwhile, Brazil moved up the ladder of the ranking to reclaim the top spot after a seven-year hiatus.
Since elimination from 2010 World Cup in South Africa at the hands of the Netherlands, Brazil were replaced on top by eventual winners Spain. However, recent wins over Uruguay and Paraguay in booking their place at Russia 2018 secured Brazil’s return to the top.
With 129 games played across the month there was movement throughout the table, as just 19 of the 211 member associations stood steady in their March placings. With five of those 19 within the top ten, Switzerland were the only side to break into the top ten, climbing two places from 11th to ninth. Uruguay headed in the opposite direction, dropping six places from ninth to 15th.
Poland built on their best-ever ranking last month to go one better and stand at 11th, a feat mirrored by Burkina Faso who climbed one place to 35th. Meanwhile, Peru (17th), Curacao (70th), Swaziland (88th), and Papua New Guinea (156th) also registered new personal bests.
Macedonia were the month’s biggest movers as they climbed 33 places to rank 133rd. Some strong gains also came within the top 50 as Sweden gained 11 places to rank 34th, Northern Ireland climbed nine places to rank 26th, USA gained seven places to rank 23rd, Greece moved up seven places to take 39th, and Japan also climbed seven spots to rank 44th. (QNA)
Source: Qatar News Agency