In the latest FIFA ranking, Eagles that was ranked 61st in June edition of the raking dropped nine places to rank 70th in July edition of the FIFA ranking .
Nigeria had moved up six places from 67th to the 61st position last month. The Eagles have also dropped to be ranked 16th best team in Africa, as against 12th last month.
Algeria, one of Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers opponents are the highest ranked team on the continent while Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions are 53rd in the world and seventh in Africa. For Zambia, they are the 88th best team in the world.
Argentina remain at the summit of the FIFA World Ranking, but only after a tumultuous month of action that resulted in plenty of movement further down.
The impact of three recent major international tournaments – the OFC Nations Cup, Copa America Centenario and UEFA EURO 2016 – is certainly plain to see in a table in which Kosovo are ranked for the first time in the rankings.
A total of 228 ‘A’ internationals contributed to the new order, with those big events in Oceania, Europe and the Americas especially important in propelling nations upwards. Euro 2016 champions, Portugal are sixth in the world having moved two places up.
New Zealand are the biggest climbers moving up a massive 54 places to 93rd on the back of their OFC Nation Cup victory.
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Yet despite all this activity, the ranking’s top five remains unchanged, with Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile – all of whom reached the latter stages of their respective tournaments – doing enough to hold off the pretenders below.
LAST UPDATED 14 JUL 2016/NEXT RELEASE 11 AUG 2016
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The next world ranking will be published on 11 August 2016.