Without playing a single friendly and the backdrop of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers beckoning in a matter of days, the Philippines moves up in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Rankings.
The Philippines dropped four spots to 147th overall in the final FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings for the year 2012 that had been released on Wednesday afternoon.
The Azkals netted themselves 174 points, ten fewer than last month's total, which included the friendly against Singapore in Cebu as well as the entirety of their AFF Suzuki Cup run.
Now there is more reason for celebration for football fans in the Philippines.
The country moves up into a tie with Kazakhstan at 147th overall with the release of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Rankings for October on Wednesday afternoon. That is the highest the Philippines has ever been since the ranking's inception.
Earlier on Friday, Rick Olivares bared the list of 27 names who are to make the trip to Bacolod for the FIFA international friendly against Guam. On Saturday, the national team, under the coaching of Hans Michael Weiss, pruned that number to 23 participants, who will be on the roster for match itself.
The 23 players are the ff:
The Philippines continues to reap the benefits of its 2012 AFC Challenge Cup campaign.
The Philippines moves up a couple of spots in the latest release of the FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings on Thursday afternoon.
The status quo remains.
Even with their 1-0 victory over Myanmar, the Philippines maintains its hold of 147th overall in this month's FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings. Released on Thursday, the rankings showed the Michael Weiss-coached side netting themselves a total of 176 points, an unchanged total from the previous month.
The Philippines remains unchanged in the FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings for January that was released on Thursday.
With a total of 176 points, they remain in 147th spot in the world rankings, sandwiched between Malta and Luxembourg, just outside of the top 20 in the Asian region at 22nd.
As the Philippines winds down its official preparations for the Suzuki Cup, the confidence and expectations seem to have risen. This after the nation secured a 1-0 victory over Singapore in their FIFA-sanctioned international friendly at the Cebu City Sports Complex on Thursday night.
The uptick continues for Philippine football, with the backdrop of AFF Suzuki Cup in sight.
On Wednesday afternoon, FIFA released its monthly rankings updates, which shows that the Philippines has moved up four spots to 143rd overall, the third straight month that it has broken its highest-ever position since the formation of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Rankings.