Malta down to 182nd place in FIFA rank­ings

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Fol­low­ing back-to-back de­feats to Slove­nia and Ice­land, Malta lost four places in the FIFA/Co­caCola World Rank­ing and is now ranked 182nd. Among the other UEFA mem­bers, Malta is ranked 51st. Ly­ing just ahead of Malta are FYR Mace­do­nia (162, down 7), Moldova (162, up 11) and Kosovo (165, down 1) while Liecht­en­stein (189, down 6), San Marino (202, down 1), An­dorra (203, down 1) and Gi­bral­tar (205) are all be­hind Malta. Ar­gentina re­main top for Novem­ber, but have seen their com­mand on the sum­mit weak­ened by close ri­vals Brazil (2, up 1). Af­ter a good run of form in FIFA World Cup™ qual­i­fy­ing, A Seleção have sur­passed Ger­many (3, down 1) and closed the dis­tance to their South Amer­i­can neigh­bours, as the year-end ap­proaches. Chile, mean­while, climbed into fourth place.

Tarx­ien close in on Zer­afa

Premier League club Tarx­ien Rain­bows might have found the re­place­ment of Jac­ques Scerri, as lo­cal me­dia re­ported that Jes­mond Zer­afa is close to take the helm of the team. De­spite no of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion, sources close to the club said the both par­ties are close and Zer­afa might start his sec­ond jour­ney with the club af­ter Tarx­ien play their week­end game against Birkirkara. There were sev­eral coaches in dis­cus­sion with Tarx­ien, with Win­ston Mus­cat amongst the favourites, but talks hit an­other way and now Jes­mond Zer­afa now is the favourite. For this week­end’s game, the team will again be un­der coach Ryan Pulis.

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