Nepal hit all-time low in World FIFA ranking

Kathmandu, October 1

Nepal dropped five spots down to 190th, their worst-ever position in the FIFA World Ranking, as per the standing released by the world football governing body for the month of October.

Nepal hit the all-time low ranking since the 186th position held in 2007 and 2014. The Nepal national team last played against India in a friendly match in Pune on August 31, with the tie ending in a goalless draw.

Nepal’s best ranking came in 1993 when they were placed at 124th position. Nepal, who moved five places down, are ahead Sri Lanka in the Asian ranking after the islanders dropped seven positions down to 191.

Afghanistan continue to lead the South Asian region at 150 position, while India are second at 167. Bhutan are at 173rd position, three places ahead of the Maldives. Pakistan are at the 177 position and Bangladesh at 182nd in the world ranking.

Meanwhile, European champions Spain jumped five places to sixth in the rankings. Seven wins in eight games have taken them to the verge of Euro 2016 qualification, where they can challenge for an unprecedented third consecutive continental title. World champions Germany are back to second above Belgium, but behind the team they beat in the 2014 World Cup final, Argentina.