Saturday, November 24, 2007

Maldives moves up in FIFA Rankings

Maldives has moved up 25 places in the monthly rankings issued by FIFA, moving to the 149th place. This is the biggest leap that Maldives has ever experienced in FIFA ranking in such a short time. The Maldives National Team had recently won two significant matches, against Yemen in the World Cup Qualifying match in Male’ and against Malaysia in a Friendly match, which contributed to the rise.

Despite the rise, India still holds the lead position in the region in the 145th position, the same position they were in last month. India was knocked-out of the World Cup Qualifying by Lebanon.

Pakistan moved up 15 places to the 166th position while Sri Lanka remains in the 169th place. Bangladesh, which had beat Maldives to win the cup in SAF Championship 2003, fell one place to the 173 position. Nepal is in 187th position, and Afghanistan, the newest addition to the SAARC countries, is in the 189th position. Bhutan brings up the rear in the 198th position.

Source: Haveeru Online and Fifa

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