Bangladesh climb up three spots in FIFA rankings

Sports Correspondent

28 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Men’s National Football Team slightly improved their position in the latest world rankings of FIFA released on Thursday. The men in red and green, who were previously in the 187th, climbed three places to move 184th securing 920 points.

The rankings slightly improved as Bangladesh bagged the two-match Mujib Borsho FIFA Tier-1 International Friendly Series against Nepal with a 2-0 win and a goalless draw earlier this month.

Among others, Belgium remained at the top slot and followed by World Cup champions France. Brazil are at 3rd, England 4th, Portugal 6th and Spain are at 7th.  Argentina climbed up one place to 8th, Germany jumped on one place to 13th and Italy two places to 10th. Runners-up Croatia slipped to 11th and Netherlands remained unchanged 14th.

Among the Asian nations, Japan remained unchanged at 27th and followed by Islamic Republic of Iran (29th) and South Korea (38th). FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are in 59th, India climbed up four places to move 104th while Afghanistan slipped one place to150th, Nepal slipped one place to 171st.  Maldives 155th, Bhutan 189th, Pakistan 200th and Sri Lanka 206th.

However, Bangladesh are now touring Qatar to play their one-off lone away match of joint qualifiers round two for FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 against hosts, scheduled to be held at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium on December 4 at 10 pm (BDT).  As a part of their preparation, Bangladeshi booters will play their second practice match against a second division Qatari team named Lusail Sports Club at Aziziyah Boutique pitches in Doha on Saturday at 8:30 pm (BDT). Ahead of the second practice match, the men in red and green did training and swimming sessions on Friday.

Earlier, the men in red and green conceded a 2-3 goals defeat against an amatuer local team named Qatar Military in their first practice match on Wednesday. Md Ibrahim and MS Bablu netted one goal each for Bangladesh while Jostek Wadvi scored two goals and Yousef Ali one for Qatar Military.