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Kuwait & Tunisia climb as top ten hold firm

(FIFA.com)
Kuwait's Abdulsalam al-Buraiki celebrates after scoring during the 2017 Gulf Cup of Nations
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With just 22 matches played, all friendlies, since the December edition, it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2018.

Germany remain at the summit of a static top ten, while Iceland (20, up 2) are the only team to enter the top 20, with the Netherlands (21, down 1) dropping out.

Croatia (15th, up 2) also made some ground, and there were more substantial rises further down the order. Tunisia (23rd, up 4), for example, built on the gains made during their successful FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, while Kuwait (174, up 15), Sudan (124, up 12), and El Salvador (90, up 10) all registered double-digit jumps.

Congratulations are also due to Chinese Taipei (134, up 1), Lebanon (84, up 1), and Palestine (75, up 5), all of whom reached their best-ever Ranking positions.

*The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 15 February 2018.
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* * Leader Germany
Moves into top ten None
Moves out of top ten None
Matches played in total 22 (14 of which were in 2017)
Most matches played Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates (5 matches each)
Biggest move by points Tunisia (up 77 points)
Biggest move by ranks Kuwait (up 15 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Haiti (down 204 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Suriname (down 32 ranks)
Newly ranked teams None
Teams that are no longer ranked None
Inactive teams, not ranked None

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