Monday, July 21, 2014

Fifa rankings: Nigeria move up, Carpe Verde suffer big drop

FIFA's World ranking for the month of July was recently released following the completion of the World Cup and this month's ranking includes very major shifts and drops .
One of the main changes in July's ranking includes Germany obvious number 1 position, following their World Cup victory, the current world cup champions are number 1 in FIFA's World ranking for the first time in almost 20 years while Argentina claimed the number 2 spot and The Netherlands jumped to the 3rd position in the world after beating host nation Brazil for the third place in the World Cup.
2010 World Cup champions, Spain who occupied the number 1 spot for a while have dropped to number 8 spot after they crashed out in the first round of the just completed World Cup. Host nations Brazil moved down 4 spots and are now number 7 in the World while Portugal are currently number 11 in the World.

African sides: Nigeria moved up to become the highest African team in FIFA's ranking for July. The Super Eagles of Nigeria now occupy the third spot in the Confederation of African Football region; they also moved up 10 spots in the global list as they are now up to 34th in the World. The Super Eagles of Nigeria did quite well in the just concluded world tournament as they made it to the last 16 before losing 2-0 to France. Along with Nigeria, north African nation Algeria performed well in Brazil and their number 1 spot remains unchanged in Africa.
Worst drops in Africa-Cape Verde suffered a 273 point drop, the biggest by any team in the World and obviously moved down from their fifth position in Africa to 15 and 75th place in the World.
Here's the top 10 African nations (World Ranking in parenthesis)
1. Algeria (24)
2. Ivory Coast (25)
3. Nigeria (34)
4. Egypt (36)
5. Ghana (38)
6. Tunisia (42)
7. Guinea (51)
8. Cameroon (53)
9. Burkina Faso (58)
10. Mali (60)