FIFA Ranking: Germany Replaces Brazil At Top, Nigeria Drop Six Places


Brazil has lost top spot to Germany in the latest FIFA Ranking released on Thursday, September 14. World Cup qualifying wins over the Czech Republic and Norway, combined with Brazil’s draw with Colombia, have allowed the world champions to regain the summit.

Euro 2016 winners Portugal are up three places to third, above Argentina, while Belgium have jumped back into the top five off the back of a 9-0 win over Gibraltar and a 2-1 victory in Greece.

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Spain remains 11th, England drop to 15th and Italy, beaten 3-0 in Madrid this month, have slipped five places to 17th. Wales climb back up to 13th place.

Luxembourg, who got a shock draw with France, is up 35 places to 101st, their highest ranking yet. Peru (12th), Northern Ireland (20th) and Syria (75th) have also reached record-breaking positions.

Bolivia (46th, up 22), Montenegro (37th, up 15), Bulgaria (38th, up 14), Scotland (43rd, up 15) and Haiti (48th, up seven) are five fresh entries in the top 50.


On the African scene, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped six places from the 38th to the 44th spot despite a 4-0 win and a 1-1 draw against Cameroon in the World Cup qualifiers in the period under review.

Nigeria however, moved up one spot from 6th to 5th in Africa.

The Indomitable Lions also dropped as much as 10 places to now occupy the 45th spot just behind Nigeria. The roll call of the top four teams in Africa has Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal and Congo DR.

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The biggest climbers for the month are Cape Verde Islands, who jumped 47 places to 67th following shock back-to-back wins over South Africa.

Below is the list of top 20 teams in the world according to the latest FIFA Ranking

Ranking Country Movement
1 Germany    Up 1
2 Brazil Down 1
3 Portugal Up 3
4 Argentina Down 1
5 Belgium Up 4
6 Poland Down 1
7 Switzerland Down 3
8 France Up 2
9 Chile Down 2
10 Colombia Down 2
11 Spain No Movement
12 Peru Up 3
13 Wales Up 5
14 Mexico No Movement
15 England Down 2
16 Uruguay Up 1
17 Italy Down 5
18 Croatia Down 2
19 Slovakia Up 3
20 Northern Ireland Up 3

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