ZURICH: Belgium have climbed to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, alongside 2018 FIFA World CuP winners France, which means that the top spot is currently being shared for the first time in the table’s 25-year history.
A pair of wins for the Red Devils (first, up one), including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland (36th, down four), has brought them level with Les Bleus (first, unchanged) on 1729 points. The only other change in the top 10 sees Denmark (10th, down one) slip below Spain (ninth, unchanged).
Outside of the top 10, two Nations League wins for Ukraine (29th, up six) over Czech Republic (47th, down three) and Slovakia (26th, unchanged) means that they are the month’s biggest movers, while Germany (12th, up three) have started to edge back toward the upper reaches.
The biggest leap in terms of points is in Africa, however, with Kenya (107th, up five) clinching 22 points – 17.9 of which thanks to a 1-0 win over Ghana (51st, down six) in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. As a result of that defeat to Kenya, the Black Stars join Slovenia (61st, down six) as the biggest fallers of the month.
Among the 154 matches played over the past month, the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers have also resulted in some notable climbs, with Nicaragua (128th, up four), St Lucia (166th, up four), Belize (160th, up three) and Aruba (185th, up three) all moving up the table.
Lebanon (77th, up two), Luxembourg (82nd, up three) and Kosovo (138th, up three) – the latter courtesy of their first competitive win – are all currently in their highest-ever ranking position.
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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 25 October 2018.