ZURICH: Germany have returned to the summit of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, continuing this year’s ongoing tug of war with Brazil for top spot.
The world champions have edged ahead of A Seleção following two impressive FIFA World Cup™ qualifying victories over the Czech Republic and Norway, and head a table much changed after the recent Russia 2018 preliminaries.
Belgium, for example, have climbed four places to enter the top five on the back of qualifying for next year’s finals. Portugal, for their part, are up three to third and, further down, no fewer than 23 teams have jumped ten places or more.
Among the most notable climbers are the Cape Verde Islands (67th, up 47), Luxembourg (101st, up 35), Bolivia (46th, up 22) and Denmark (26th, up 20), all on the back of stunning results in qualifying against South Africa, France, Chile and Poland respectively.
Luxembourg are also one of four teams to have reached an all-time high position in the latest ranking, along with Peru (12th, up 3), Northern Ireland (20th, up 3) and Syria (75th, up 5).
The Bolivians, meanwhile, are among five new entries in the top 50, where they are joined by Montenegro (37th, up 15), Bulgaria (38th, up 14), Scotland (43rd, up 15) and Haiti (48th, up 7).
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 16 October 2017.
Leader Germany (up 1)