PH Azkals now 141 in new Fifa rankings


The Philippine Azkals may be in hibernation since June, but that hasn’t stopped them from moving up to their highest world ranking in history.

Climbing three places from their position last month, the Azkals chalked up another achievement by reaching No. 141 in the latest rankings released by the International Football Federation (Fifa) yesterday.

The improvement came on the strength of impressive results the past few months that included a 1-0 victory over Hong Kong last June—the country’s first win over the former British territory at senior level. The Azkals also posted two wins in the Challenge Cup qualifiers over Cambodia and a higher-ranked Turkmenistan side, 1-0.

The rankings also took into consideration the results of the last four years, which has seen the rise of the team from a perennial whipping squad into a contender at the Southeast Asian level with back-to-back semifinal finishes in the Suzuki Cup.

Only Thailand at No. 137 has a better ranking than the Philippines, which is ahead of other SEA powerhouses Singapore (155), Vietnam (156), Malaysia (162) and Indonesia (169).

“It’s a reflection of how much our national team has improved the past few years,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami, who took the team under his wing in 2010 and has steered it to a string of fine results.

“A lot of the credit has to go to the players for the hard work and sacrifice that they have put in and the support of the Philippine Football Federation and the country’s growing football community.”

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  • noy

    Not sure if some of us filipino is just envy of those who wants to represent us or only crying out to get some attention even if they make a fool of themself… Hayz… Go Philippine Team…

  • johnlordphilip

    Anti-corruption drive of the government is bearing fruits. One is good sports performances of our national teams. It’s truly fun in the Philippines.

  • fredrique

    141st in the world!!!! Yehey!!!! Let’s celebrate!!! Imagine 141st?!?!?!?! Galingggggggggg!!! Hindi pa purong Pinoy mga yan ha!!! 141st!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RedvD

    congratulations Azkals! keep it up! good job DanPalami and management!

  • Lemuel Vargas

    Another good news!! btw, When will the Azkals play again?

  • Pitbulldog

    Wow naman. 141 na ang ranking ng Azkals. 140 na lang at number one na sila. Probably after 15 years…..

  • quirinomayer

    Nothing to crow about. It is still closer to the tail end than to the head. It will take years possibly decades and more foreign-sounding names and infusion of more foreign blood into the team before we breach 100 and 100 is way way down the real football nations still. The sooner we wake up that football is not a game for Malayans who want to stay Malayans, the better for our national honor and dignity. There is no honor and dignity in a white team representing a brown race country. Let’s just concentrate in sports disciplines where we are world beaters as original Malayans and not as mongrels.

    • wawa2172

      The original Malayans are no longer existent. Were now an open boarder where Malayans cross breeds with white, black, yellow, blonds among others anywhere in the world. Filipinos are now hybrid mostly the mother are Filipina and the father are “forenjer”. In Fiba Asia most of our players are Fil-americans and some are Fil-chinese. Were not alone though, even in Olympics, players representing the US in table tennis are american-chinese. Mostly Arab countries have adopted latin american soccer players especially Brazilian whose Arab look alike and name change with Muslim sounding. Skin colors would not longer determine one nationality but the citizenship that one have embraced. Even the names of most Filipino kids are now foreign sounding, yung iba nga ginaya pa ang mga pangalan nang terrorist like Arafat, Bin Ladin, etc.

      • Pitbulldog

        You are right. Nawala na yata ang mga pangalang Prospero, Pacifico at Perfecto. Di na uso kasi ang name na baduy….

    • razali

      Nationality is not based upon the color of one’s skin. It is something that exists at the level of consciousness. To insist upon the idea of race is to support the idea of discrimination. Race is a concept that has become obsolete in this day and age.

    • wafu

      dude even european football is filled with foreign players

      and the fact that they are playing under the name of our country and flag, it is more than enough

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