Malaysia move up to 161 in latest FIFA rankings

Malaysia have climbed up one spot in the latest FIFA ranking, bringing the team to the 161st position and the 30th best team in Asia

Malaysia have moved one spot up in the latest FIFA World Ranking, going from 162ndspot to 161st, and are now number 30 in Asia, out of 46 countries in the continent.

The Malayan Tigers, who were beaten comfortably by China - who themselves dropped four places to 99 - have improved in the rankings despite only having one Class 'A' international friendly in recent months.

Malaysia are now above teams such as Nepal, who are in 163rd and Pakistan (170).

But in Asean, Datuk K. Rajagopal’s men are still behind teams such as Thailand (139), Philippines (141), Vietnam (153) and arch-rivals Singapore (159).

In Asia, Japan is still leading the pack but they dropped five spots from their previous ranking, making them the 42nd best team in the world, followed by Iran (48),  Australia (53).

Meanwhile, Uzbekistan shockingly moved above Korea Republic to 57th in the world while the Koreans are at 58th.

Malaysia’s next opponent UAE moved two places up to 82nd while Bahrain, who Malaysia will face in their next Asian Cup qualifying campaign in October, are at 121st, dropping four places from their previous spot.

At the top, European and World champions Spain are still leading the globe, while Argentina have moved up to second place, kicking Germany to the third spot.

Belgium and Uruguay also have improved their rankings significantly to 6th and 7th spot respectively, while Portugal have dropped out of the top 10 with England also dropping to 17th in the rankings.