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Thailand climbed to the top 20 of Asia for the first time under Akira Nishino's era

Thailand climbed to the top 20 of Asia for the first time under Akira Nishino's era

SMMSport describes that Thailand created a big earthquake when their national football team reached the top 20 of Asia in the October's FIFA rankings.

Coach Akira Nishino's team increased 5 positions from 114th to 109th in the world. Thus, the Thai team officially entered the top 20 in Asia. This achievement is thanks to the recent good results of the Thailand team. They drew Congo 1-1 in a friendly match and beat UAE 2-1 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

The rise of the Thai team is said to be a great achievement in coach Akira Nishino. Since being led by the Japanese tactician, "War Elephants" are unbeaten in 3 matches in a row. The playing style of the Thai team has clearly improved compared to the past. They play the ball in a modern style, the players under Nishino's guidance are also very disciplined.

Thailand climbed to the top 20 of Asia for the first time under Akira Nishinos era

Siam Sports journalist Got Kunladetch was excited when the home team revived. This pen describes Thailand starting to "return to the mighty image". He said: "Nishino coach helps Thailand to make changes. Hopefully, the players will continue to maintain stability".

If Thailand wins more positive results when you meet Malaysia and Vietnam at the 2022 World Cup Qualifier in November, they can continue to advance on the FIFA rankings.

According to the FIFA rankings in October, the top 5 top Southeast Asian teams belong to Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, and Malaysia respectively.