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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Harimau Malaya climb 7 spots, now ranked 130th in the world


Malaysia’s recent successes against Kyrgyzstan and Taiwan have helped them climb the world rankings. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Harimau Malaya climbed seven rungs up the international ladder to secure 130th position in the world, according to the latest update from the Fifa rankings today.

The national team, led by Kim Pan Gon, accumulated 1,122.87 points, improving from the 137th position held since Oct 26.

This positive development follows Malaysia’s success in Group D in the second round of the 2026 World Cup/2027 Asian Cup qualifiers, where they defeated Kyrgyzstan 4-3 on Nov 16 and Taiwan 1-0 on Nov 21, giving them an extra 26.15 points.

According to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), the goal is to reach 120th spot by the end of this year.

However, Malaysia still lag far behind other Southeast Asian countries, with Vietnam in 94th position and Thailand in 113th spot.

In the Asian zone, the top five teams are Japan, ranked 17th, followed by Iran (21st), South Korea (23rd), Australia (25th) and Saudi Arabia (56th).

Meanwhile, 2022 World Cup champions Argentina retained their position as the number one team globally, followed by France in second place, England (third), Belgium (fourth), and Brazil completing the top five. - FMT

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