ZURICH: While 184 recent international matches have left their mark on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, those at the very top remain unaffected by the movement around them.
Belgium (first, unchanged) still lead the way ahead of France (second, unchanged) and Brazil (third, unchanged), although top-10 rivals Uruguay (fifth, up one), Croatia (seventh, up one) and Argentina (ninth, up one) have at least edged closer to the summit.
The most significant rises are to be found further down the ranking, where the in-form quartet of Ukraine (22nd, up three), Japan (28th, up three), Turkey (32nd, up four) and Russia (37th, up five) are among the more notable climbers.
Jumps of ten or more places have also been made by a clutch of teams outside the top 50, namely Nicaragua (137th, up 11), Barbados (160th, up 10), South Sudan (162nd, up 11) and São Tomé and Príncipe (180th, up 10).
There is also more cause for celebration for Kosovo (114th, up 5), who can once again reflect with pride on their best ranking position to date.
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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 28 November 2019.