ZURICH: At last there has been plenty of movement to fuel the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after action in 160 internationals in November, including World Cup qualifiers, Africa Cup of Nations, and UEFA Euro and Nations League.
Leaders Belgium have widened the gap ahead of France though third-placed Brazil are closing in on Les Bleus after extending their perfect start in South American qualifying for Qatar 2022.
Despite the lack of movement at the summit, there are some familiar faces back in the Top 10, with Mexico (9th, +2) and Italy (10th, +2) making their return after nine and four years respectively. Croatia (11th, -2) and Colombia (15th, -5) are the two teams dropping out.
A little further down, Romania (37th, +7) and Hungary (40th, +7) have also made impressive gains, while Egypt (49th, +3) and Cameroon (50th, +3) move into the Top 50 at the expense of Costa Rica (51st, -1) and Ghana (52nd, -4).
The biggest climbers this month are two other African sides: Equatorial Guinea (134th, +10) and Burundi (138th, +10). The former shone in back-to-back victories over Libya (111th, -9) in AFCON qualifying, while the latter first drew and then beat Mauritania (101st, -3) in the same competition.
Four other national teams have moved up five or more places in this month’s classification, namely: Latvia (136th, +6), Curacao (76th, +5), Azerbaijan (109th, +5) and South Sudan (163rd, +5).
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 10 December 2020.
Leader Belgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 Mexico (9, plus 2)
Italy (10, plus 2)
Moves out of top 10 Croatia (11, minus 2)
Colombia (15, minus 5)
Matches played in total 160
Most matches played Ethiopia (5 matches)
Biggest move by points Equatorial Guinea (plus 31 points)
Biggest move by ranks Equatorial Guinea, Burundi (plus 10 ranks each)
Biggest drop by points Libya (minus 31 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Libya (minus 9 ranks)
Newly ranked teams none
Teams that are no longer ranked none
Inactive teams, not ranked Cook Islands
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