Five obscure countries ahead of Singapore in FIFA rankings


Singapore recently fell to a record low 171st in the world ranking and some countries you may not have heard of and have a smaller population now sit proudly above them. FourFourTwo presents to you some of these nations...

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Nothing seems to work for Singapore football in recent years and the Republic suffered a new blow in October, after they were ranked 171st in the world by FIFA.

Even Cambodia, who are viewed by many as minnows around the region, have climbed above the Lions and are threatening to leave Singapore behind. Can this nation ever reclaim its glory days and reach the heights that we have talked about for year?

We may, as we look at five countries that you may not have heard of prove that you do not need a huge talent pool to leave a mark on the world.


FIFA world ranking: 143rd

Population: Approximately 800,000

Comoros finally won one game after 10 years of waiting. Photo: CFF

One of the smallest countries in the world and the third-smallest African nation, Comoros have come a long way since they officially became a member of FIFA in 2005.

Comoros were initially amongst the lowest ranked teams in the world and they were dealt a 2-0 defeat by Yemen in their first-ever international friendly back in 2006.

While they did enjoy some successes in the friendly matches to follow, Comoros failed to win a single competitive international fixture until 10 years after they made their debut – and it occurred only in 2016.

The victory came in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, with Ben Mohamed’s goal against Botswana giving Comoros their first win in 21 attempts on March 24, 2016.

Although they would lose their next game 2-1 to the same opponents three days later, and the following two qualifying matches, they still managed to jump to an all-time high of 143rd in FIFA's latest ranking.