International soccer’s governing body, FIFA, has ranked Armenia 41st in its latest list of 200 or so nations released on Wednesday.
The standing, which is an improvement by four positions since the previous listing, is the highest achieved by the nation since it joined international soccer in the mid-1990s.
Armenia’s immediate neighbors on the list topped by Spain, Germany and the Netherlands are, respectively, Ecuador (40th) and Wales (42nd). Zambia, the winner of this year’s African Cup of Nations, is 43rd.
And Armenia’s rivals in the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign commencing next fall have the following rankings: Italy (8), Denmark (10), the Czech Republic (29), Bulgaria (88) and Malta (159).
Serbia and Canada, the two opponents of Armenia in the February 28 and 29 friendly matches, are ranked 25th and 71st, respectively.
Full rankings are available here: http://www.fifa.com/worldranking/rankingtable/index.html