New rating of FIFA has been announced for June 2016, in which the national team of Uzbekistan made a significant step forward, rising up to 10 positions.
Our players now occupy 56th place in the world classification. Argentina is in the first place, the world champions - Germans are on the 4th, the European champion – the team of Portugal on the 6th, Brazilians - on the 9th, and the host of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia is the 38th place.
In the Asian ranking, our team rose to the third position after the teams of Iran and South Korea. Japan is on the 4th place, and the national team of Australia closes the top five in Asia.
In terms of rating the chances of Uzbek players to participate in the finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, are quite high. After all, four representatives of the Asian continent directly get to Moscow, and we are now (according to the rating) third. But on the other hand, the Uzbek team in the third stage of the qualifying tournament came in the same group with the teams of Iran and Korea, which are ranking ahead of Uzbekistan team.
So, it is not the ranking gives a chance to win the ticket to the World Cup in Russia, but the matches with the specific and strong opponents that are not going to be easy. The first one will take place on 1 September, when Uzbekistan national team will play against the team of Syria in Tashkent.