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Jordan start year in 95th spot in FIFA ranking

By Aline Bannayan - Jan 17,2013 - Last updated at Jan 17,2013

AMMAN — Jordan came in 95th place in the first ranking of the 2013 FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking on Thursday.

Jordan ended 2012 at 94th after their first round exit at the West Asian Championship which was won by Syria. The Kingdom lost 1-0 to Iraq and 2-1 to Syria.

Spain lead the world ranking, followed by Germany, Argentina, Italy, Columbia, England, Portugal, Netherlands, Russia and Croatia.

Top 10 Asian teams are led by Japan in 21st spot, followed by South Korea (34), Australia (36), Uzbekistan (56), Iran (60), China (86), Iraq (89), Jordan (95), North Korea (99) and the UAE (103).

Algeria still lead top 10 Arab teams in 22nd place, followed by Libya (47), Tunisia (53), Egypt (54), Morocco (74), Iraq (89), Jordan (95), Sudan (100), the UAE (103) and Qatar (106).

The national team is set to meet Indonesia in a friendly on January 31 as both teams prepare for the 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers starting February 6.

The match precedes Jordan’s first qualifier against Singapore on February 6 after they were drawn in Group A with Oman and Syria.

Jordan is also readying to play the return leg of Group B FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers against Japan on March 26, before playing Australia on June 11 and Oman on June 18.

In Round 4, Jordan complicated their chances of possibly reaching the World Cup after they drew 1-1 with Iraq, lost 6-0 to Japan, 2-1 to Oman, 1-0 to Iraq and scoring a historic 2-1 win over Australia.

The Jordanian team joined the continent’s top 10 qualifying teams in the final Round 4 world qualifier for the first time since taking part in the qualifiers back in 1985.

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