Nhan Dan Online/VFF – The Vietnam national men’s football team slipped 22 places from 98th to 120th in the latest FIFA rankings for July, which were released on Wednesday.
Vietnam’s decline can be attributed to its 0-3 loss to China in an international friendly match on June 8.
Despite this sharp fall, which ended its five consecutive months among the world’s top 100 teams, Vietnam still leads Southeast Asia with 272 points, followed by Thailand with 235 points (135th) and the Philippines with 157 points (152nd).
There are no changes in Asia’s top three, with Japan still in first place with 829 points (20th in the world), ahead of Australia (23rd) and the Republic of Korea (28th) with 807 points and 740 points, respectively.
Euro 2012 champions Spain continue to consolidate their top position in the world standings with 1691 points, followed by Germany with 1502 and Uruguay with 1297.
The next FIFA rankings will be announced on August 8.