It’s amazing that Socceroos climb 37 places to No.63 on FIFA rankings after they become the winner of Asian Cup, which really make fans of Socceroos so excited. They are a not very famous football team before, but they are well-know now because of their rapid progress.
The significant move up the rankings comes after the team dropped only one match throughout the tournament, when they lost in the group stage to South Korea, the team they would ultimately vanquish in the final.
The 37-position climb was not the biggest in the latest addition of the rankings though.
African minnows Equatorial Guinea jumped a huge 69 places to be ranked 49 in the world on the back of their African Cup of Nations performance, where they finished fourth when losing a penalty shootout to DR Congo.
While there wasn’t much action at the pointy end, the Asian Cup saw plenty of movement among the AFC.
Iran moved up 10 places to be the top Asian team at 41, while South Korea jumped up 15 spots to 54.
Despite a shock quarter-final loss to the UAE, Japan only dropped one place to 55, the biggest losers being Qatar who dropped 17 spots to 109.
At the top, Germany maintained their No.1 ranking ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands and there were no new entries into the top 10.
Ivory Coast did not come into top 20 of the list, despite they move up eight place in the world game’s 20th-best side.