Qatar jump nine spots in FIFA rankings

ZURICH: Qatar, after a key 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying win against
Asia powerhouse Korea Republic last month, have jumped 9 spots in
latest rankings.

Coached by Jorge Fossati, Qatar beat Korea 3-2 at Jassim Bin Hamad
Stadium to climb up the FIFA computer. Also known as Al Anabi, Qatar
are ranked 79 in the world while they are 9th top side in Asia.

Fossati resigned from his post but saw his team make a massive leap in
the FIFA rankings.

Qatar were ranked 88 when the FIFA rankings were last released by the
world body.

Iran are the top side in Asia though the Persian side is ranked 23 in the world.

Australia (45), Japan (46), Korea Republic (51), Saudi Arabia (61),
Uzbekistan (65), the United Arab Emirates (75) and China (77) are
above Qatar.

Syria, ranked 94th in the world, are below Qatar in Asian pecking order.

QFA three days ago announced that Felix Sanchez will take over as the
interim coach of the national side that will play Syria and China in
their last two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches at the end of
August and early September.

Meanwhile, Germany leapfrogged Brazil and Argentina to move back atop
the FIFA rankings thanks to the team winning the Confederations Cup
last week.

The world champions beat Chile 1-0 in the Russia-based tournament a
year out from the 2018 World Cup to ensure a first return to the top
of the rankings in more than two years.

Brazil fall to second and Argentina third, just ahead of European
champions Portugal.

Latest FIFA rankings:

1. Germany (+2 places)
2. Brazil (-1)
3. Argentina (-1)
4. Portugal (+4)
5. Switzerland (+4)
6. Poland (+4)
7. Chile (-3)
8. Colombia (-3)
9. France (-3)
10. Belgium (-3)

Top Asian countries on FIFA computer
(world ranking before country’s name)

23. Iran (+7)
45. Australia (+3)
46. Japan (-1)
51. Korea Republic (-8)
61. Saudi Arabia (-8)
65. Uzbekistan (-3)
75. United Arab Emirates (0)
77. China RP (+5)
79. Qatar (+9)
82. Syria (-5)

FIFA Ranking Who's at the Top

97 India
98 Qatar
99 Palestine