Singapore rises to 154 in Fifa world rankings

After hitting an all-time low of 163, impressive showings by the Lions in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup has helped to boost their position by nine places.
By Kenneth Ho

Singapore have managed to climb up the Fifa world ranking tables to 154th after recent results in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, where they are tied alongside Liechtenstein.

The Lions had consistently been dropping down the table since 2009, and achieved their lowest ever ranking of 163rd prior to the ongoing Suzuki Cup.

However, after beating the likes of Malaysia and Philippines en-route to the final, the Lions have managed to surge up nine places to 154th in the month of November.

Singapore’s arch-rivals Malaysia also went up the table, climbing from 163rd to 158th, while their opponents in the final, Thailand, had the highest climb of 16 spots to 136th after remaining unbeaten in the 2012 Suzuki Cup till Wednesday’s loss to Singapore.

Vietnam too climbed up the table above the likes of Cyrus and Puerto Rico to 131st despite their poor showing in the AFFSC 2012, as these countries did not play any international matches in November.

The recent rankings by Fifa did not include Singapore’s convincing first-leg home win over Thailand on Wednesday, and may see further improvement should the national team record another victory on Saturday in the second-leg of the Suzuki Cup 2012.