LAHORE Pakistan has leapt up 24 places within eleven months and stood at 153rd spot in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Since the global ladders inception in 1992, the Pakistanis have experienced repeated ups and downs. In all, the results of 47 matches have been taken into account in the latest ranking, 39 of them friendly matches and eight of them Asian Cup qualifiers. This takes the number of international 'A matches played in 2010 to 145. The latest edition of the Ranking reveals a number of changes in the top ten. Spain continue to lead the way ahead of Brazil and the Netherlands, but there is considerable movement in the lower half of the top 10: Portugal have overtaken Italy and Germany, while England continue to climb the global ladder and have swapped places with France. Croatia have returned to the top ten after a two-month absence. The display of George Kottans men meant they overtake several top nations of the world and also closed the gap against their arch-rivals India. Pakistan was far behind as compared to India when Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat earned chair of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)s President in late August 2003. Indians were 133rd as compared to Pakistans 160, a difference of 27 places, on that occasion seven years ago, but now disparity between two South Asian nations has resulted as India stands at 132. The beginning of the year 2009 saw Pakistan at 165th and they went further down to 177th on April 8 but returned back to respectable berth, lifting themselves to 156th on December 16 2009 and 153rd on March 31 2010 - a recovery within 11 months. The 0-0 draw against Bangladesh and 7-0 win over Bhutan in 8th SAFF Championship 2009 at Dhaka gave Pakistan the lift. By doing so the Pakistan sprinted past South Asian neighbors Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan and closed upon European country Malta with the gap upto five places. Pakistans latest FIFA Ranking is also above Madagascar, Liberia, Chinese Taipei, Niger, Philippines, Mauritania, Cambodia, Palestine, Mauritius and Belize etc. The FIFA Ranking currently assesses 207 nations. Six teams - San Marino, Anguilla, Montserrat, American Samoa, Central African Republic and Papua New Guinea - were tied for last spot at 202. Sao Tome and Principe are no longer classified due to a lack of soccer activity. The next FIFA Ranking will be released on 28 April 2010.