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Vietnam hit 21-year high in FIFA World rankings

Vietnam hit 21-year high in FIFA World rankings

Friday, April 05, 2019, 10:19 GMT+7
Vietnam hit 21-year high in FIFA World rankings
Vietnam's footballers. Photo: N.K. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s national men’s football team have climbed the ladder to number 98 in the latest FIFA rankings.

FIFA, the international body responsible for organizing football's major international tournaments, released the updated men’s ranking table on Thursday.

According to the new figures, Vietnam have moved up one notch from 99th in FIFA’s February 7 rankings.

Reaching the 98th spot marks the country’s highest football ranking since it held the 84th position in September 1998.

Vietnam was ranked 98th in the newest edition of the FIFA World rankings released on on April 4, 2019

Vietnam were ranked 98th in the newest edition of the FIFA World rankings released on April 4, 2019

Vietnam’s improved ranking will give the team an advantage as FIFA begins classifying teams for upcoming international tournaments, including the upcoming second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

In Asia, Vietnam ranked 16th and outstripped Thailand, who now stand at 114th in the world, 20th in Asia, and second in the Southeast Asian rankings.

The Philippines hit number 124 on the list, making it the third-best team in Southeast Asia, followed by Myanmar.

Belgium, who took home third place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, topped the world rankings, followed by France, Brazil, England, and Croatia, to round out the top five.

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