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Vietnam among 15 strongest teams in Asia: FIFA ranking

Friday, February 21, 2020, 15:04 GMT+7
Vietnam among 15 strongest teams in Asia: FIFA ranking
Vietnamese and Thai players fight for the ball in a game. Photo: Nguyen Khoi / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam are one of the top 15 teams in Asia and rank among the 100 strongest sides in the world, according to the latest FIFA Ranking for men’s football.

The rankings of football teams remain almost unchanged in the FIFA list released on Thursday.

Vietnam came 14th in Asia, stood at 94th in the world, and sat atop Southeast Asia, with 1,258 points, in the FIFA Men’s Ranking.

Thailand ranked 19 notches below Vietnam globally.

National football teams around the world have hardly played FIFA-recognized games in January and February so there is little change in their rankings.

They will come back for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March.

Last year, Vietnam made it to the quarterfinals of the AFC Asian Cup in January and won second place at the King’s Cup in Thailand in June.

They are invincible in Group G in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, with 11 points from five matches, followed by Malaysia on nine, Thailand on eight, and the UAE – who have played four games – on six points.  

Thailand trailed behind Vietnam in Southeast Asia with 1,178 points, ahead of the Philippines, Myanmar, and Malaysia.

Japan are leading Asia with 1,500 points, followed by Iran, South Korea, Australia, and Qatar.

Belgium, France, Brazil, England, and Uruguay are now on top of the world.

Vietnam will play a friendly with Kyrgyzstan at home on March 26 before they clash with hosts Malaysia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers five days later.

The next FIFA Men’s Ranking will be released on April 9.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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