Nigeria moved twelve places in the latest ranking released by FIFA today
With the continental finals of Africa, South America, and North, Central America and the Caribbean reaching a crescendo in the past month, the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking has seen a number of significant changes.
Nigeria Amassed a total of 48 points to jump from 45 to 33 in trhe world while AFCON 2019 champions, Algeria jumped from 40th, up 28 placesare the biggest movers in the July edition by ranks and up WITH 117 points, while fellow finalists Senegal 20th, up 2 places have not made a huge leap but reached their best-ever ranking position. Semi-finalists Nigeria (33rd, up 12) are joined by surprise quarter-finalists Madagascar (96th, up 12) and Benin (82nd, up 6) in seeing their continental performances rewarded with a rise in the ranking.
New South American champions Brazil NOW 2nd MOVED UP 1 PLACE TO leapfrogged France WHO ARE DOWN I PLACE TO 3rd in second place and trail leaders Belgium by a narrow margin of 20 points. Other sides in the Copa América have improved their ranking positions substantially, namely quarter-finalists Uruguay (5th, up 3), Colombia (8th, up 5), and Venezuela (26th, up 7), who reached their best-ever ranking position after their run to the last eight. Argentina (10th, up 1), who came third, complete a quartet of South American teams in the top ten.
While the South American sides dominate the upper echelons of the ranking, there have been significant gains by sides taking part in both the Africa Cup of Nations and the Concacaf Gold Cup.
Concacaf champions Mexico (12th, up 6) and fellow finalists USA (22nd, up 8) have made big strides up the table with an honourable mention for surprise semi-finalists Haiti (83rd, up 18).