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|