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Zurich: Kyrgyzstan secured their best-ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking with the Central Asians climbing 16 places to sit in 108th position in the final global list of 2015 having started the year in 152nd place before slipping to 177th in July.

After going down 3-0 to reigning continental champions Australia (pictured) in the first of two FIFA 2018 World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifying matches , Kyrgyzstan recorded an impressive 1-0 win over Jordan, who rounded out the year as Asia’s tenth-ranked side.

Iran were Asia’s number one side and the only AFC member association that finished the year in the World’s top 50, with the 45th-ranked Team Melli leading the continental standings ahead of Korea Republic, Japan, and AFC Cup holders Australia, who climbed three spots on the World Rankings to sit in 57th spot, eight notches above the UAE, third-place finishers at Asia’s flagship tournament in January and the continent’s fifth-ranked team in December’s list.

Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, and China follow in 6th, 7th, and 8th places respectively while Qatar, who became the first team to qualifying directly for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after a 3-0 win over Bhutan gave them an unassailable lead at the top of joint-qualifying Group D, are in 9th place ahead of Jordan.

Meanwhile, 11th-placed Iraq are the only other AFC Member Association to end the year in the top 100, with the 2007 AFC Asian Cup champions ranked 89th in the world, 15 positions higher than Oman who are 104th.

 

Full FIFA Ranking for Asia (December)

1 (45) Iran

2 (51) Korea Republic

3 (53) Japan

4 (57) Australia

5 (65) United Arab Emirates

6 (74) Uzbekistan

7 (80) Saudi Arabia

8 (84) China

9 (86) Qatar

10 (87) Jordan

11 (89) Iraq

12 (104) Oman

13 (105) DPR Korea

14 (108) Kyrgyzstan

15 (119) Turkmenistan

16 (124) Bahrain

17 (125) Syria

18 (133) Thailand

19 (134) Palestine

20 (137) Hong Kong

21 (139) Kuwait

21 (139) Philippines

21 (139) Lebanon

24 (147) Vietnam

25 (148) Tajikistan

26 (149) Singapore

27 (150) Afghanistan

28 (157) Guam

29 (158) Myanmar

30 (160) Maldives

31 (166) India

32 (170) Malaysia

32 (170) Timor-Leste

34 (174) Yemen

35 (177) Laos

36 (179) Indonesia

37 (180) Cambodia

38 (182) Bangladesh

38 (182) Chinese Taipei

39 (184) Pakistan

40 (185) Brunei Darussalam

41 (188) Bhutan

42 (192) Nepal

43 (194) Sri Lanka

44 (195) Macau

45 (201) Mongolia

* Note: position on FIFA’s World Ranking in parenthesis 

Photo: AFP

 

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