Stars and Ticos reach new heights
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One month on from the thrilling and exhausting FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, there has been a lull in footballing activity in many parts of the world. As a result, there is only one small change within the top 14 positions of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. World champions Germany continue to lead the way ahead of Argentina and the Netherlands, but Spain have jumped one position and now share seventh place with Brazil. Meanwhile, World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica (15th, up 1) have climbed into 15th at the expense of the USA (18th, down 3), which means that Los Ticos are now in their highest-ever position since the introduction of the world ranking in 1993.

The results of 23 new international “A” matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Ten of these matches were friendlies, whereas the remaining 13 matches were qualifiers for the next CAF Africa Cup of Nations. It is little surprise, therefore, that the biggest movers of the month are mainly to be found in Africa, namely Lesotho (105th, up 26), Malawi (106th, up 15), Sierra Leone (50th, up 14), Benin (77th, up 14), Botswana (86th, up 13) and Guinea-Bissau (123rd, up 13). This month also sees Sierra Leone make their first appearance in the top 50.

The points from the new international “A” matches have been determined by using the new confederation weightings, recalculated following the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, which has led to slight adjustments in the weighting factors of most confederations. These are now: CONMEBOL 1.00; UEFA 0.99; AFC, CAF, OFC and CONCACAF 0.85.

Leader

Germany (unchanged)

Moves into top ten

none

Moves out of top ten

none

Matches played in total

23

Most matches played

Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda (3 games each)

Biggest move by points

Lesotho (plus 89 points)

Biggest move by ranks

Lesotho (up 26 ranks)

Biggest drop by points

Panama (minus 210 points)

Biggest drop by ranks

Panama (down 30 ranks)