Arabs Advance in FIFA's World Rankings

Published April 13th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By: Amjad Baker 



Arab Gulf countries and Jordan have made an impressive progress in soccer, according to the latest FIFA's World Ranking published Wednesday, while Brazil kept its cruising leadership position gathering 833 points. 

Qatar scored 433 points to step forward 18 ranks and rest satisfactorily in the 88th place, whereas Emirates and Bahrain hiked up 12 places, moving up to the 56th and 126th respectively. 

Jordan, which has just made changes to its national team training staff, managed to collect 375 points, thus pulling up its position 8 steps to occupy the 104th place. 

Meanwhile, Morocco remained in the 26th position, heading the rest of the Arab countries followed by Tunisia, which clinched to its previous 27th place. 

"It is just the first step upward the ladder, that indicates that we are on the right track," remarked Fadi Zreikat, secretary of Jordan Football Association (JFA). “So far so good,” he added in content. 

Zreikat, who is also the spokesman of JFA, told that Jordan is determined to keep moving ahead with plans to improve the performance of its soccer team. The first move in that direction, he explained, has been the appointment of Argentinean Ricardo as the Technical Manager of the national team, to replace the sacked coaches: Mohammad Awad and Adnan Masoud. 

On the FIFA standings, Brazil was followed by Czech 763, France - world champions - 754, Spain 743, and Germany 725. 



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