Germany have returned to the summit of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, continuing this year’s ongoing tug-of-war with Brazil for top spot.

The reigning world champions edged ahead of A Seleção following two impressive FIFA World Cup™ qualifying victories over Czech Republic and Norway, and head a table much changed after the recent Russia 2018 preliminaries.

Belgium, for example, have climbed four places to enter the top five on the back of qualifying for next year’s finals. Portugal, for their part, are up three to third and, further down, no fewer than 23 teams jumped ten places or more.

Among the most notable climbers are the Cape Verde Islands (67, up 47), Luxembourg (101, up 35), Bolivia (46, up 22) and Denmark (26, up 20), this on the back of stunning results in qualifying against South Africa, France, Chile and Poland respectively.

Luxembourg are also one of four teams to have reached an all-time high position in the latest Ranking, along with Peru (12, up 3), Northern Ireland (20, up 3) and Syria (75, up 5).

The Bolivians, meanwhile, number among five new entries to the top 50, where they are joined by Montenegro (37, up 15), Bulgaria (38, up 14), Scotland (43, up 15) and Haiti (48, up 7).

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 16 October 2017.

Leader

Germany

Moves into top ten

None

Moves out of top ten

None

Matches played in total

161

Most matches played

20 teams with four games each

Biggest move by points

Cape Verde Islands (up 264 points)

Biggest move by ranks

Cape Verde Islands (up 47 ranks)

Biggest drop by points

Switzerland (down 119 points)

Biggest drop by ranks

Guatemala (down 31 ranks each)

Newly ranked teams

None

Teams that are no longer ranked

None

Inactive teams, not ranked

None