FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops to 41st position

Aubrey Yates
August 16, 2018

The failure of the five African representatives at Russian Federation 2018 to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament has seen a change in the top 5 ranked teams on the continent.

France have taken over top spot from Germany, who have crashed 14 places after flopping in Russian Federation when they failed to make the knockout stages.

Just three points, however, separate Les Bleus from Russian Federation 2018 semi-finalists Belgium (2nd, up 1), while World Cup runners-up Croatia now 4th, up from 16th, have equaled their record Ranking position, last reached in June 2013.

Quarter-finalists Uruguay climbed nine places to fifth while England´s run to the semi-finals took them up to sixth place from a previous twelfth.

Naturally, there are losses as well as gains, with previous leaders Germany (15th, down 14) among several sides to suffer for group-stage elimination in Russian Federation.

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There is little movement from teams who were not present at the World Cup with Wales moving down one place to 19th, Northern Ireland up two places to 27th and Scotland also up two places to 40th.

World Cup hosts Russian Federation, who defied all expectations by making it into the quarter-finals, are the biggest risers in the new rankings.

France were followed by Belgium, the team they beat 1-0 in the semi-finals, with Brazil dropping one place to third after their quarter-final exit against the Belgians.

Democratic Republic of Congo are in 37th position, while Ghana and Morocco are in 45th and 46th position with Cameroon ranked 47th. "Points are dropped, however, from losing or drawing against weaker opposition, with the only exception to this rule being matches in knockout rounds of major competitions such as the FIFA World Cup".

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