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France take top spot in latest FIFA rankings while Germany fall big

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The latest FIFA rankings have been released. World champions France have moved up six places to occupy the top spot. This is the first time Les Bleus are the No.1 team in the world since 2002. World Cup runners-up Croatia moved 16 places up to No.4 in the rankings. This is the first time Croatia are in the top 5 of the FIFA rankings in nearly two decades.

Third placed Belgium moved a spot up to 2nd in the rankings while England moved up to 6th place. Uruguay and Sweden both moved up higher. The Uruguayans moved 9 places to 5th while Sweden moved to 13th from 24th.

Germany who were No.1 before the World Cup, slipped down to No.15. The 2014 champions had a disappointing World Cup where they were beaten by Mexico and South Korea and ended last in their group. Portugal dropped to 7th in the rankings while Argentina dropped to 11th from 5th.

Another team that fell big in the rankings was Poland. The Poles had a disappointing World Cup where they ended last in their group below Colombia, Japan and Senegal. They went 10 places down to 18th. Denmark entered the Top 10 of the rankings in 9th position. They are on level with Spain who went up one place despite an underwhelming performance at the World Cup.

The best mover in the rankings was Russia. The World Cup hosts surpassed all expectations to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament. As a result, the went up 21 places to 49th in the rankings. The worst mover in the rankings was Egypt. Mohamed Salah’s team had high expectations going into the World Cup. However, they came last in their group as they lost even to Saudi Arabia. The Pharaohs went down 20 places to 65th position.

 

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