Malta climbs seven places in FIFA Ranking

Following the goalless draw with Switzerland, Malta climbed seven places in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking list which was published on Wednesday. Malta is now ranked 156th.

Among the other European countries, Malta is still ranked 51st. Just ahead of Malta are Iceland (115, down 1), Wales (116), Luxembourg (117, up 14), Kazakhstan (132, up 5), Faroe Islands (135) and Liechtenstein (143). The bottom two European countries are Andorra and San Marino who share the 202nd place.

Malta’s next game is the EURO 2012 qualifier against Greece in programme on March 26 at Ta’ Qali.

Meanwhile a 2-1 victory for Argentina (4th, up 1) over Portugal (9th, down 1) in Geneva led to a significant change in the top five, and a 1-0 defeat for Brazil (5th, down 1) in France (18th, up 1) on the same night has also seen the Argentinians not only clamber into fourth place but replace Brazil as the highest-ranked South American team. The team that capitalised most on the Portuguese slip-up, however, is Croatia (8th, up 1), who surged past the Iberians on the back of a 4-2 home win over the Czech Republic (31st, down 1).

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