Following the narrow defeat to Georgia in Tbilisi, Malta went down eighteen places, falling to 168th in FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking which was published on Wednesday. This is the worst ever ranking for Malta since when the ranking list was published for the first time in 1993.
Among the other European countries, Malta is still 51st. Lying just ahead of Malta are the Faroe Islands (133, up 5), Luxembourg (135, down 5), Kazakhstan (137, down 11), and Liechtenstein (159, down 10). Andorra (202) and San Marino (203) are the only two European countries lying behind Malta.
Malta will be playing its next game against Croatia on November 17 – another match from the EURO 2012 qualifiers.
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Meanwhile Spain and the Netherlands, the two 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finalists, continue to lead the way at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
Brazil (3rd) and Germany (4th) have traded places just behind them, while both Croatia (9th) and Russia (10th) have climbed into the top ten on the backs of victories in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. The races to reach the AFC and CONCACAF continental championships are now also under way, which made for significant movement in this edition of the world ranking.