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Thursday, February 12, 2015

AFCON, Asia Cup Benefit Teams according to Latest FIFA World Rankings

World Champions Germany remain the best team in the world according to the latest Coca-Cola FIFA World Rankings.

The Germans added 4 points to their tally to consolidate their position at the top with 1729 points, 139 ahead of second-placed Argentina. The world’s top 10 remained intact with the movements restricted within. Uruguay traded places with Spain to occupy the 9th position with the European champions dropping to 10th. France also dropped a place down to 8th with Portugal moving up, the two nations having been tied at 7th the last time the rankings were released.

Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands are placed 3rd, 4th and 5th to complete the top 10. England slipped further down the table dropping two places (the biggest among the top 20) to occupy position 15. Italy, 12th and Romania, 16th are the other negative movers among the top 20.

Africa Cup of Nations

Meanwhile Cote d’Ivoire’s Africa Cup on Nations triumph saw them move 8 places up to break into the top 20. The Elephants beat Ghana 9-8 on post-match penalties giving them 99 points. The Ghanaians also benefited massively from the competition as they notched up 12 points to occupy position 25 ahead of Tunisia. Algeria remains Africa’s top ranked team at position 18.

AFCON 2015 hosts Equatorial Guinea were the biggest movers across board in the latest rankings. Nzalang Nacional raked in 370 points since the last ranking in January which scaled them up 69 positions to position 49, the best in their history.

Neighbours Congo DR and Congo also benefited from their AFCON 2015 exploits moving 11 and 12 places up to position 49 and 46 respectively while Cameroon who fell off at the group stage dropped 3 places down to 45th.

Libya dropped the most falling 35 places to position 113.

Asia Cup

Asia Cup winners Australia were the second highest movers scaling up 37 places to position 63 following their Asia Cup triumph. Beaten finalists, South Korea moved to position 54, a jump of 15 places while Iraq who finished 3rd are placed 94thhaving moved up 20 places. UAE who finished fourth went 14 places up to position 66, China moved up 14 places to 82 but Qatar dropped 17 places to 109.

Strangely, there was no movement whatsoever among the bottom 64 teams on the log. Little know Bhutan continues to hold the tail-end position followed by Angulia, Cook Islands, Djibouti and the Cayman Islands.

The next FIFA World Rankings will be released in exactly a month’s time, 12th March 2015.

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