Thursday 17 May 2018, 08:00

Quiet month sees Kuwaitis soar

Just seven international ‘A’ matches, all friendlies, took place in the past month and as a result there are few movers in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Most of the top 50 is unchanged, with Germany, Brazil and Belgium respectively sitting at the summit of the same top ten as last month.

In fact, the first 47 positions remain totally unchanged from April’s ranking, but outside the top 50, a couple of nations have made notable advances. Kuwait (160, up 16) leap up the table thanks in part to their 2-0 friendly victory over Palestine. Just three more sides – Grenada (163, up eight), Benin (84, up six) and Botswana (142, up six) – moved up more than five ranking spots in the past month.

The Philippines (111, up 2) attained their best ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, due to the Azkals’ positive results in recent months – which included qualifying for their maiden AFC Asian Cup.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 7 June 2018.

Leader Germany (unchanged)

Moves into top 10 None

Moves out of top 10 None

Matches played in total Seven

Most matches played Jamaica, Palestine (Two matches each)

Biggest move by points Kuwait (up 38 points)

Biggest move by ranks Kuwait (up 16 ranks)

Biggest drop by points Palestine (down 44 points)

Biggest drop by ranks Palestine (down 13 ranks)

Newly ranked teams None

Teams that are no longer ranked None

Inactive teams, not ranked None