The national Iranian football team, according to the latest FIFA world ranking is still at the top as the best team in Asia going above Australia and Japan as well as the AFC Asian Cup champion Qatar. Also, even though Qatar won the Asian Cup, reports from the AFC Asian Cup website still place Iran remained as the Continent’s highest ranked team while AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 champions Qatar moved up 38 spots in the latest FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday.
Furthermore, Qatar who due to a fantastic performance at the Asian Cup was expected to be in the right spot on the ranking, just missing out on their best FIFA World Ranking of 50. However, they improved to 55th place. Qatar’s improvement was expected as six of the seven teams they defeated pushed them to win the AFC Asian Cup title were recorded against sides who were ranked higher than the Isolates going into UAE 2019. In the same competition also, Iran’s record of four wins and a draw in UAE 2019 helped them stay on top, despite Team Melli’s losing 3-0 to Japan in the semi-finals.
Japan, who was beaten by Qatar in the Asia Cup final, also saw a surge in their ranking as they improved by 23 spots to 27 to sit behind Iran, who advanced by seven to move up to 22nd. Japan registered six wins in UAE 2019 and the points earned saw them move up as the Continent’s second highest ranked team.