Philippines drops in latest FIFA rankings
Santino Honasan on Dec 19, 2014 12:31 AM
The Philippine Azkals drop down in FIFA rankings, but remain as the top-ranked football country in Southeast Asia.
FIFA released their year-end rankings earlier today, with the Philippines dropping down two spots to number 130, from their 128 ranking in November.
It was a busy couple of months for the Philippine Azkals as they had a packed November, competing in two FIFA Friendly matches against Thailand and Cambodia before embarking on their 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Campaign. In the group stages of the AFF tournament, the Azkals defeated Laos and Cambodia before bowing to Vietnam.
The Philippine-based booters took to the pitch twice more in December, making their third straight AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals appearance. They faced a familiar opponent in the Thailand War Elephants, going to a draw in the first leg and then falling 3-0 in the second leg of the semifinals.
Even though the Azkals dropped two spots, they still remain as the top-ranked team in Southeast Asia, with Vietnam coming in at second with a 137 world ranking.
2014 AFF Suzuki Cup finalists Thailand and Malaysia are ranked at 142 and 154 respectively.
The top spot in the world rankings is held down by 2014 World Cup winner Germany, followed by World Cup runner-up Argentina. Colombia, Belgium, and the Netherlands round out the world’s top five football nations.
Led by star striker Phil Younghusband, who scored his 42nd international goal in 2014, the Azkals will look to bounce back up in the world rankings as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers as well as the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in 2015