ZURICH: Although 150 games were played across the globe during the recent international period, it is still tight at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as the top three remain unchanged.
As a result, Belgium (1st, unchanged) still hold a slender lead – which has increased marginally to three points – over 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ winners France (2nd, unchanged). Brazil (3rd, unchanged), however, are looking over their shoulders as England (4th, up 1) have leapfrogged World Cup finalists Croatia (5th, down 1).
Uruguay (6th, up 1) are the only other climbers within the top ten, whereas a dramatic win for Germany (13th, up 3) has seen them overtake the team they defeated – the Netherlands (16th, down 2) – as well as Sweden (14th, unchanged) and Chile (15th, down 2).
Israel (84th, up 8) have enjoyed the biggest jump of all, followed closely by Guatemala (143rd, up 6) and Tanzania (131st, up 6) after the latter booked their CAF Africa Cup of Nations place. Two other sides preparing to appear at Africa’s showpiece in June, Congo DR (46th, up 5) and Ghana (49th, up 3), are the only two sides to break into the top 50, while Kosovo (127th, plus 3) have also continued their steady climb up the ranking.
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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 14 June 2019.
Leader Belgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 None
Moves out of top 10 None
Matches played in total 150
Most matches played Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia (5 matches each)
Biggest move by points Israel (up 20 points)
Biggest move by ranks Israel (up 8 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Austria (down 30 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Austria (down 11 ranks)
Newly ranked teams None
Teams that are no longer ranked None
Inactive teams, not ranked None