Giants climb as Belgium stretch their lead
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are third in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia as the latest FIFA ranking were released on Friday. Senegal remains the top notch in African football with Tunisia march behind them. There were no surprises at the top of the rankings as the big countries kept their weight.
Several of the biggest names in international football have made significant gains in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
While Belgium (1st, unchanged) continue their reign at the top, increasing their advantage over France (2nd, unchanged) following UEFA EURO qualifying wins over Kazakhstan and Scotland, there is plenty of movement elsewhere in the top 20. Portugal (5th, up 2), for example, have moved into the top five on the back of their UEFA Nations League triumph, while the Netherlands (14th, up 2) have edged upwards after reaching the final of the same competition.
A trio of former world champions are also on the rise. Spain (7th, up 2), Germany (11th, up 2) and Italy (14th, up 3) have all ascended the global ladder on the back of positive results in the EURO qualifiers.
There are plenty of success stories elsewhere, too, with the likes of Austria (26th, up 8), Northern Ireland (28th, up 5), Czech Republic (41st, up 7), Hungary (42nd, up 9), Armenia (97th, up 9) and Malaysia (159th, up 9) racing up the ranking. There is also reason to celebrate for Senegal (22nd, up 1) and Kosovo (121st, up 6), both of whom are currently in their highest position to date.
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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 25 July 2019.
Leader Belgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 None
Moves out of top 10 None
Matches played in total 139
Most matches played Malawi (6 matches)
Biggest move by points Kosovo (up 25 points)
Biggest move by ranks Armenia, Hungary, Malaysia (up 9 ranks each)
Biggest drop by points Bulgaria (down 31 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Greece (down 9 ranks)
Newly ranked teams None
Teams that are no longer ranked None