Kuwait’s FIFA ranking rises after Asian Cup and World Cup success

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KUWAIT CITY, June 20: Kuwait climbed two spots in the latest International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) rankings released yesterday, now sitting at 137th globally. This improvement follows the Blues’ qualification for the 2027 Asian Cup finals in Saudi Arabia and their progression to the third round of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

In the global rankings, Argentina held onto the top spot, with France in second and Belgium in third. Brazil moved up one place to fourth, while England dropped to fifth. Portugal remained sixth, followed by the Netherlands in seventh and Spain in eighth. Croatia advanced to ninth, while Italy fell to tenth.

Among Arab countries, Morocco led the rankings at 12th globally, followed by Qatar (35), Egypt (36), Tunisia (41), Algeria (44), Iraq (55), Saudi Arabia (56), Jordan (69), UAE (70), Oman (76), Bahrain (81), Syria (93), Palestine (95), Mauritania (112), Lebanon (117), Libya (116), Comoros (119), Sudan (121), Yemen (156), and Somalia (199).

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