Saturday, 14 April 2012

Malaysia falls to 156th place in FIFA ranking

The  lack of international friendly matches has caused the national football squad to continue sliding in their ranking in the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).

According to FIFA's latest ranking issued today, Malaysia fell four spots to 156th in the world as compared to 152nd last month.

The position is the worst ever attained by the squad this year, after being placed 148th in January, and 150th in February.

According to the latest ranking, Harimau Malaya is now ranked below Bangladesh (152), Palestine (153), New Caledonia (154) and Samoa (155), which have far less basic football facilities, such as football fields and sports equipment.

Among Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia is placed fifth behind Vietnam (97), Thailand (141), Philippines (148) and Indonesia (151). At Asian level, Malaysia fell three spots to 27th from 46  countries, as compared to 24th last month.

Meanwhile, 2010 World Cup champion Spain continues to strengthen its position as the world's best football team by collecting 1,442 points, followed by Germany which amassed 1,345 points.

South American team Uruquay is now ranked third after pushing Netherlands to fourth spot with 1,309.

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