Team Melli ends 2016 ranked 29th

Team Melli

PLDC - Iran remained the highest ranked Asian side at 29th in the latest FIFA rankings announced Thursday.

Iran topped all Asian Football Confederation (AFC) members at No. 29, followed by South Korea (No. 37), Japan (No. 45), Australia (No. 47) and Saudi Arabia (No. 54).

Iran will resume their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign on March 23 against Qatar. Iran are currently ranked First in Group A of the final Asian qualification round. The top two nations will earn automatic berths at the World Cup in Russia, while the third-place team will fall into a playoff.

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