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The Malayan Tigers have moved up nine positions from last month after some improved results against Yemen and the Philippines

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Malaysia, who occupied the 150thposition last month, have moved ahead of teams such as Turkmenistan (142), Hong Kong (145), and also their two Asian rivals Thailand (148) and Singapore (149).

The improvement in the rankings now sees Malaysia ranked at number 21 amongst Asian teams, just behind Syria (137) and Korea DPR (133). The team that drew with the Tigers earlier this month, the Philippines, drop three places to (130) and are 19th out of 46 Asian countries.  Amongst ASEAN nations, Vietnam are now leading the pack at 125.

In Asia, Iran are still the leading nation despite dropping four spots to 42, with Japan (48), Uzbekistan (55) and Korea Republic (55) closely following. The United Arab Emirates and Australia have both also dropped from their previous position, with UAE now ranking 61st and Australia ranking 63rd.

There are no changes in top five of the rankings, with Spain still the number one team followed by Germany and South American giants Argentina. Ballon D’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and his countrymen from Portugal are at fourth, while Colombia are at fifth. The Netherlands have moved out of the top 10 with Belgium taking their place, while Roy Hodgon’s men have improved three spots better than last month to 12.

Both the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and their fans will surely be happy with this upward movement, and the improvement to the team brought by current interim head coach Ong Kim Swee which led to good results in their last two fixtures.

Conituned drops in the rankings was one of the reasons why Datuk K. Rajagopal’s contract was not continued by the FAM and this is a small step in the right direction for the FAM in the development of the nation’s football scene.