Malaysia move up to 158th in latest FIFA Rankings

The Malayan Tigers have jumped two spots from 160th to 158th in the latest FIFA Rankings, though they are now the 31st best team in Asia.
Malaysia are now one position short of equalling their best FIFA Ranking of the year after jumping two spots from 160th to 158th in the latest rankings that was released yesterday.

Their best position of the year remains 157, which was accomplished earlier this year, and Malaysia are now one position away from potentially equalling that achievement next month.

The Malayan Tigers contested three competitive fixtures in November, though all of them ended in defeats. Firstly, they suffered a 3-0 loss to Kuwait in a friendly match on November 8, before suffering a frustrating away defeat at the hands of Bahrain in the 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers.

A few days later, they lost to Qatar at the Shah Alam Stadium, which dented their hopes of qualifying for the prestigious Asian Cup finals in Australia.

Despite their climb to 158th, they have dropped a spot to be ranked as the 31st best team in Asia, after Bangladesh overtook them in the rankings.

Meanwhile, Iran have taken over the throne of being Asia's best after leaping over Japan in the latest rankings. Japan are second while South Korea and Australia come third and fourth.

But on a bigger picture, Spain, Germany, Argentina and Colombia all retain their respective positions from first to fourth, although Portugal have jumped nine spots to be ranked fifth in the world now.