IRNA – Islamic Republic of Iran climbed three rungs up to 33rd to stay Asia’s best in the latest FIFA World Ranking.
Australia’s 4-0 win over Kuwait during the international break pushed the Socceroos one position up to 42nd, while Japan was the Continent’s best mover, moving four spots up to 50th, courtesy of its wins against Panama and Uruguay earlier this month, the-afc.com reported.
Korea Republic, which also beat Uruguay and drew against Panama, improved by two positions to 53rd, followed by Saudi Arabia which dropped a spot to 72nd to complete Asia’s top five teams.
The top five, along with 19 other teams from across the Continent, will meet in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 from January 5-February 1.
Asia’s Top 10: 1. Iran (30th), 2. Australia (42nd), 3. Japan (50th), 4. Korea Republic (53rd), 5. Saudi Arabia (72nd), 6. Syria (74th), 7. China PR (75th), 8. The UAE (81st), 9. Lebanon (82nd), 10. Oman (84th).