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National football team remain 190th in latest FIFA ranking
Sunday, February 16, 2014

The national football team at the AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Suzuki Cup 2012 qualifiers in Myanmar. Picture: BT file

Brunei remain unchanged at 190th in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday - the same spot the country has been in for the past three months.

The Sultanate are tied on 190th with Timor Leste and Tonga with 26 points in the 207-nation table.

In Asia, Brunei are still 43rd - with Timor Leste 44th, Macau 45th and Bhutan propping up the table on 46th.

Brunei's lowest FIFA ranking was 203rd in October 2012, while the country's team peaked in August 1993 when they were 145th in the world.

The last time the national team saw any action was at the AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Suzuki Cup 2012 qualifiers in Myanmar, where they failed to qualify for the tournament proper after picking up six points from two wins and two losses.

Brunei first went down 1-0 loss to hosts Myanmar before beating Cambodia 3-2. Their next game against Laos ended in a 3-1 loss, but the team then came back to defeat Timor Leste 2-1 in their last game.

Brunei had a chance at gaining some valuable points last March but pulled out of the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) Challenge Cup Group E qualifiers in Manila at the last minute.

The country withdrew from the March 22-26 tournament in Manila on March 19 and only informed AFC the next day.

The Sultanate was to face Philippines, Turkmenistan and Cambodia but their last-minute withdrawal due to "unavoidable circumstances" saw AFC award 3-0 wins to all of the country's three opponents.

AFC then imposed a US$5000 fine on Brunei and were "reminded to better plan and manage its participation in future AFC competitions."

Laos will host the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers which is tentatively set for Oct 13-19.

This year's event is set to be co-hosted by Vietnam and four-time winners Singapore from Nov 22 to Dec 22.

The draw is set for August, and Australia are expected to join.

Singapore are the biennial showpiece's reigning champions after beating Thailand in 2012, but Thursday's rankings show that the Philippines reign supreme in the Southeast Asian region - the Azkals 127th in the world and 17th in Asia.

They are followed by Myanmar (130th, 19th), Vietnam (143rd , 23rd) and Thailand (147th, 26th).

Malaysia climbed four rungs to 150th, putting Harimau Malaya tied with Singapore - with Indonesia eight spots behind in 158th.

Iran (38th globally), Japan (50th) and Australia (53rd) are the top three teams in Asia.

Spain remain the team to beat in the global rankings, sitting pretty at the top ahead of Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Colombia.

Switzerland gained the most ground in the top 10, rising two places to sixth while Portugal rose one spot to fourth. Brazil rose one spot to ninth, with Italy eighth, Uruguay seventh and Holland rounding off the top-10.

The sharpest mover was Armenia, who jumped eight places to 30th.

England had the steepest fall among teams in the top 20, slipping two places to 15th.

Courtesy from Brunei Times