RE: Nigeria move up in August Fifa ranking


Nigeria move up in August Fifa ranking Thu, Aug 10 3:17 AM PDT
Nigeria have moved up a spot in Fifa's latest World ranking released on Thursday ahead of next month's 2018 World Cup qualifier clash with Cameroon.
Despite their 2-0 home defeat to South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Gernot Rohr's men still climbed up to the 38th position in the rankings.
The three-time African kings also remain sixth in Africa adrift of leaders Egypt, Congo DR, Senegal, Tunisia, and Cameroon.
The Indomitable Lions, Super Eagles' opponents in next month 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier moved a place up - 35th in the world and fifth in Africa.
On the global stage, Brazil reclaimed the top spot, with the reigning World champions, Germany dropping to second and Argentina remain in third.
Switzerland climbed to fourth - their highest ever position, while Poland, Portugal, Chile, Colombia, Belgium and France complete the top 10.
Jamaica, Concacaf Gold Cup runners-up made the biggest movers in terms of points - gain 172, but Namibia are the biggest movers by rankings - up 20 places to 136th.
The next Fifa/Coca-Cola World ranking will be published on September 14, 2017.
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FIFA rankings: Brazil knock Germany off top spot and top 20 in full Thu, Aug 10 1:50 AM PDT
Brazil have returned to the top of the FIFA rankings, ending Germany's one-month reign at the summit.
The reigning World Cup champions, who had moved into first place in July after winning the Confederations Cup, dropped into second for the August rankings, despite the fact that neither they nor Brazil played no games since the last update.
Argentina, meanwhile, remain third in the August rankings update, but there was movement beneath them as Switzerland rose to fourth and Poland entered the top five for the first time in their history. Moving up one place into fifth in the FIFA rankings marks continued improvement for Robert Lewandowski and co., who jumped four places last month.
Ranking Country Movement
1 Brazil Up 1
2 Germany Down 1
3 Argentina No Movement
4 Switzerland Up 1
5 Poland Up 1
6 Portugal Down 2
7 Chile No Movement
8 Colombia No Movement
9 Belgium Up 1
10 France Down 1
11 Spain No Movement
12 Italy No Movement
13 England No Movement
14 Mexico Up 2
15 Peru Down 1
16 Croatia Down 1
17 Uruguay No Movement
18 Wales Up 2
19 Sweden Down 1
20 Iceland Down 1
Elsewhere, after moving up four places last month, Euro 2016 winners Portugal dropped two places into sixth and there were no new entries in the top 10, with giants Spain (11th), Italy (12th) and England (13th) remaining stationary.
Gareth Bale's Wales strengthened their position in the top 20 after moving up two places into 18th, but Sweden and Iceland each fell one place to 19th and 20th respectively.
Following their Gold Cup success, the USA climbed nine places and now occupy 26th place, while defeated finalists Jamaica achieved the biggest move by points, catapulting 19 places into 57th.
Northern Ireland reached their highest ever ranking last month, but have dropped one place in the latest edition to 23rd, while their southern counterparts the Republic of Ireland remain unchanged at 29th. The Netherlands, meanwhile, continued their slide down the table after dropping four places into 36th position.
Next month's rankings update will be announced on September 14.


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