VOV.VN - The Vietnamese national men’s football team have jumped two notches to finish 96th in the world, the world’s football governing body FIFA said in its latest rankings on March 31.
Vietnam risked dropping out of the Top 100 due to their unconvincing results in the third round of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. However, their 1-1 draw against hosts Japan on March 29 helped head coach Park Hang-seo’s team climb from 98th to 96th position in the global rankings.
In Asia, Vietnam remain in 16th place.
Elsewhere, Japan lost their top position to regional powerhouse Iran. Other teams in the Top 10 included the Republic of Korea, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iraq, Oman, and China.
According to the latest rankings, Vietnam still stay atop Southeast Asia, trailing behind archrivals Thailand that climbed one spot to 111th.
Meanwhile, the Philippines are ranked in 133rd, while Myanmar and Malaysia are placed 152nd and 154th, respectively.
At the top of the rankings, Brazil replaced Belgium to claim the leading position, knocking the European side off of top spot for the first time since October, 2018. The top 10 also consisted of France, Argentina, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and the Netherlands.