Malaysia climbs two spots in FIFA Rankings

Malaysia has climbed two spots in the latest FIFA rankings, moving up from 161 to 159, one spot behind their best record for this year, 158 in January

Malaysia has climbed two spots in the latest FIFA rankings, from 161st to 159th.

The national squad, who are currently in Australia for a series of friendlies with football clubs there, have been constantly climbing up the table since dropping down to 164th and this would be a good sign of improvement for the team.

The highest the team have been this year was in January where Malaysia occupied the 158th spot, but there are still doubts whether the Malayan Tigers can move further up the rankings as the friendly with Singapore has been cancelled and they will only face club squads in Australia.

In Asean, Vietnam is still leading the pack at the 133rd position, closely followed by Thailand (142), Philippines (144), Myanmar (155), and Malaysia (159). Singapore are a slightly further behind at 166 and Indonesia at 170.

Japan, who became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup remains the number one team in Asia, but they dropped two spots in the overall ranking to 32. Korea Republic, meanwhile, got themselves in the top 40, moving up two spots from 38.

Spain still remains at the top followed by Germany and Argentina, but the big movers would be Netherlands, who climbed four places to put them in the top 5 while Enlgand dropped two places to ninth.