Croatia and Ecuador on the up
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The April edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking has brought movement to the top ten. Although the leading trio of Spain, Germany and Argentina remain unchanged, they are now being pursued by Croatia, who have climbed five places to fourth thanks to FIFA World Cup™ qualifying wins against Serbia and Wales, equalling the position achieved when they finished third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. Meanwhile England (7th, down 3), Italy (8th, down 3) and the Netherlands (9th, down 1) have all lost ground on the leaders. Meanwhile, Ecuador (10th, up 1) have overtaken Russia (11th, down 1) and entered the top ten for the first time thanks to wins against El Salvador and Paraguay.

In the top 50, Peru (32nd, up 9), Ukraine (37th, up 11), Albania (48th, up 16) and Wales (49th, up 22) have all made excellent progress, while outside the top 50, Equatorial Guinea (59th, up 45), Congo (77th, up 24), Tajikistan (112th, up 40) and Kyrgyzstan (142nd, up 59) have each climbed more than 20 places. In addition to Ecuador, Venezuela (36th, up 7), Panama (38th, up 3), Albania, Equatorial Guinea, Tajikistan and Afghanistan (139th, up 2) have all achieved their highest-ever ranking.

A total of 120 “A” international matches have been taken into account for the April edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the majority of them qualification matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ (83 matches) and for the AFC Challenge Cup (20 matches), the remaining 17 matches being friendlies. The total number of matches taken into account so far this year is 275.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 May 2013.

Summary

Leader

Spain (unchanged)

Moves into top ten

Ecuador (10th, up 1)

Moves out of top ten

Russia (11th, down 1)

Matches played in total

120

Most matches played

Brazil, Bolivia, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Pakistan, Tajikistan (3 matches each)

Biggest move by points

Equatorial Guinea (up 200 points)

Biggest move by ranks

Kyrgyzstan (up 59 ranks)

Biggest drop by points

Bolivia (down 104 points)

Biggest drop by ranks

Northern Ireland, Georgia (down 22 ranks each)

Newly ranked teams

none

Teams that are no longer ranked

none

Inactive teams (not ranked)

none