Philippine Azkals soar to highest ranking in history
Santino Honasan on Apr 12, 2018 07:15 PM
The Philippine Azkals reach their highest FIFA ranking in history at 113th in the world!
Less than a month removed from their historic win over Tajikistan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the Philippine Men's National Football Team made even more history, this time in terms of world rankings.
Coming from a 122nd ranking a month ago, the Azkals soared nine spots to 113th in the world, the highest ranking that the men's national squad has ever reached.
The previous record was at 115th in the world, which the Azkals reached back in May of 2016.
"We congratulate the Philippine Men's National Team for claiming their highest FIFA ranking to date at 113," said Philippine Football Federation President Mariano "Nonong" Araneta via the PFF's website. "The team's achievement is a fitting testament to how far Philippine football has improved in a short span and we hope that it will sustain."
More motivation for the Azkals as they get ready for their first-ever trip to the AFC Asian Cup in the United Aram Emirates in January of 2019.
Vietnam remains the top Southeast Asian nation at 103rd in the world, while Iran is the top-ranked nation in the Asian Football Confederation.
Germany remains as the top-ranked nation in the world, followed by Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, and Argentina.