Following back-to-back defeats to Sweden and the Faroe Islands earlier this month, Malta has dropped three places in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking and is now 182nd.
Malta is third from bottom in Europe trailing to Moldova (175, down 3) and Liechtenstein (181, up 1) but ahead of Gibraltar (196, up 1) and San Marino (209, up 1).
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The next commitments for Malta are next month’s European Qualifiers against Spain in Cadiz and against Norway at Ta’ Qali.
Meanwhile the 184 recent international matches have left their mark on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking but those at the very top remain unaffected by the movement around them.
Belgium (1st, unchanged) still lead the way from France (2nd, unchanged) and Brazil (3rd, unchanged), although top-ten rivals Uruguay (5th, up 1), Croatia (7th, up 1), Argentina (9th, up 1) have at least edged closer to the summit.
But the most significant rises are to be found further down the Ranking, where the in-form quartet of Ukraine (22nd, up 3), Japan (28th, up 3), Turkey (32nd, up 4) and Russia (37th, up 5) are among the more notable climbers.
And there is fresh celebrate, too, for Kosovo (114th, up 5), who can again reflect with pride on their best Ranking position to date.