ZURICH: Peru have climbed into the top ten of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the first time in an edition shaped by the latest decisive FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The Peruvians (10th, up two places), who have qualified for an intercontinental play-off against New Zealand to determine who will be heading to Russia next summer, were joined in the ranking’s upper echelons by Spain, who climbed from 11th to eighth on the back of an impressive conclusion to their unbeaten qualifying campaign.
The table makes pleasant reading for many European nations, with Germany holding on to top spot and France (seventh, up one), England (12th, up three), Denmark (19th, up seven), Scotland (29th, up 14) and Austria (39th, up 18) among the teams making significant gains.
The Austrians are one of four new entries in the top 50, where they are joined by Czech Republic (46th, up 12), Morocco (48th, up eight) and World Cup-qualifying sensations Panama (49th, up 11). The shake-up means that UEFA has 28 teams in the top 50, up one on last month and a rise that comes at the expense of CONMEBOL, whose tally drops down to eight.
Peru’s historic rise will compensate for that, and Los Incas are one of five nations celebrating their best-ever ranking position this month. Sharing that distinction are Palestine (84th, up 7), Luxembourg (93rd, up 8), Comoros (127th, up 14) and Chinese Taipei (143rd, up 8).
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 23 November 2017.
Leader Germany (unchanged)