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Iran jumps to highest ever FIFA ranking, placed 17th in the world

Berlin, Apr 14, IRNA -- Football international body FIFA has placed Iran 17th in the world, making it the highest ever position reached by Iran's national football team, the press reported Wednesday.

Iran moved up seven and eleven spots respectively since March 4, 2004 and December 3, 2003.

Iran has also surpassed other Asian football powerhouses like South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

FIFA hailed on its website "high-flying Iran" for its recent superb performances during the first stage of the Asian qualifying round of the 2006 World Cup.

... Payvand News - 4/14/04 ... --

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