HANOI, June 25 (Bernama): The national men’s football team of Vietnam remains in FIFA's top 100, according to the Vietnam Football Federation.
The Golden Dragons are in the 97th spot in the FIFA ranking with 1,219 points, reported Vietnam News Agency.
A 2-0 victory over Afghanistan in a friendly match held on June 1 has helped Vietnam gain 3.46 points. However, it was not enough for the team to advance in the rankings because its closest rivals such as Palestine and Kyrgyzstan had very good performances in the 2023 Asian Cup Third Qualifier.
Although Vietnam has dropped one spot compared to the previous ranking update, it is the only South-East Asian team in the world’s top 100.
Notably, maintaining the position since November 2018 is considered a very impressive record for the team.
Vietnam still leads South-East Asia, followed by Thailand and the Philippines. In Asia, Vietnam ranks 17th.
Meanwhile, Thailand retained its ranking at the 111th position as it earned 3.01 points after defeating Maldives 3-0 and Sri Lanka 2-0 but lost to Uzbekistan 0-2 in the Asian Cup 2023 Qualifier.
Malaysia, who qualified for the 2023 Asian Cuo tournament, is ranked 147th. - Bernama