KATHMANDU: Bangladesh has wrested the top spot from Nepal in the latest FIFA World Rankings among South Asian nations, released today. Nepal has slipped to 155th position from the earlier 149th among the 208 ranked nations and territories, taking the second place behind Bangladesh in South Asia.
Bangladesh climbed one spot to 151st, the highest among South Asian countries while India also edged up one spot to 163rd trailing Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan (162nd). Behind India are Maldives (164th), Pakistan (178th), Sri Lanka (181st) and Bhutan (205th).
The recently concluded Euro 2012 has resulted in some reshuffle in the top five of the FIFA World Rankings. World champions Spain (1,691 points) cling on to the top spot flushed with Euro triumph as Germany (1,502) and Uruguay (1,297) traded places as second and third respectively. England (1,294) surged two spots while Portugal (1,213) escalated five spots. Taking the sixth place is Italy thanks to its runner-up finish in Euro 2012, marking the most significant rise in the Top 10. Brazil on the other hand exited the Top 10 losing six places to 11th.