Iran will likely remain the top Asian side when the next FIFA Men’s Ranking is released on Thursday, according to football-ranking.com.
The website offers a daily ranking of the men’s and women’s national teams based on the world football governing body’s criteria – points before the matches played in the previous month, the significance of the fixtures, as well as the results over the period.
According to Football-Ranking’s latest calculation on Saturday, Iran kept the 22nd place in the ranking with 1,545 points.
Iran beat the UAE in Dubai – courtesy of a Mehdi Taremi’s second-half winner – on October 7 for a third successive victory at the World Cup Asian qualifiers, before Iranian captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh canceled out a Son Heung-min’s opener as Dragan Skocic’s men settled for a 1-1 home draw against South Korea in Tehran last Tuesday.
Japan has dropped by two spots to sit in the 28th place – second in Asia – with 1,517.7 points, despite a massive 2-1 victory over Australia on home soil, which brought the Japanese’s qualification campaign back to life – following a 1-0 away loss to Saudi Arabia.
The Socceroos are 34th – third among the Asian sides – with 1,489.9 points, followed by South Korea (1,489.1 points), Qatar (1,437.7), and Saudi Arabia (1,432.2) in the ranking of AFC member states.
The Saudis will probably enjoy the highest rise in the FIFA ranking – seven slots – after back-to-back victories over Japan and China (3-2) saw them keep a perfect record after four rounds in the Asian qualifiers.
Belgium sits atop the FIFA ranking – despite a disappointing campaign seeing Roberto Martinez’s side finish fourth at the UEFA Nations League – followed by Brazil, and world champion France, which beat Spain 2-1 in last Sunday’s Nations League final in Milan.