Gulf Cup victory lifts UAE's global football ranking

UAE jumps 4 places to be ranked among the top 100 nations, says FIFA

The UAE moved up in the global football ranking for 2013 and is now rated among the top 100 countries following the landmark victory in the Gulf Cup last month.

According to the data released by FIFA on Thursday, UAE jumped four places to be ranked 99th – the best among in the Gulf countries.

The UAE gained 364 points in 2013 as compared to 346 in the previous year.

UAE beat Iraq 2-1 in the Gulf Cup final to clinch the title. It was the second Gulf Cup victory of the UAE; it won for the first time six years back in 2007.

In the Gulf region, Qatar came second with global ranking of 101st by notching 359 points.

Oman jumped three places to be ranked 105th in the list, followed by Saudi Arabia at 108th and Kuwait at 110th.

Globally, world champion Spain lead the global ranking with 1,590 points, followed by Germany, Argentina, England, Italy, Colombia, Portugal, Netherlands, Croatia and Russia.

The US dropped four spots to number 32 in the latest FIFA ranking.

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