FIFA World Rankings - Brazil Close in on Argentina as Race for Team of Year Heats Up

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There is plenty of movement in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking thanks largely to the 63 World Cup qualifiers recently played, but also due to the 71 other qualifiers and international friendlies that have taken place over the past few weeks.

Argentina remain top for November, but they have seen their command on the summit weakened by close rivals Brazil (2nd, up 1). After a good run of form in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying, the Seleção have bypassed Germany (3rd, down 1) and closed the gap on their fellow South Americans as the year-end approaches. Chile, meanwhile, have climbed into fourth place.

The Republic of Ireland (23rd, up 10) have jumped ten places to break into the top 25 after winning three successive World Cup qualifiers. After seeing off Ghana in one of Africa’s headline World Cup qualifiers, Egypt have moved up ten places themselves into 36th position. Further down the table, Burkina Faso (50th, up 17), Nigeria (50th, up 10) and Slovenia (50th, up 2) have all managed to squeeze into joint 50th place after impressive results on the road to Russia.

Biggest movers
Outside of the top 50, five teams have made the strongest impact. Israel (54th, up 25) have secured the biggest move by points (145) as they continue their push for World Cup qualification from a group that also includes Spain and Italy. Armenia’s 3-2 win over Montenegro has helped them jump the largest number of places this month (87th, up 38), while Namibia (98th, up 20), Cyprus (116th, up 23), and Tahiti (149th, up 23) have also made significant strides up the standings. In addition, three sides have reached their highest-ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking: Guinea-Bissau (68th, up 1), Curaçao (75th, up 2), and Comoros (139th, up 4).

The December ranking will be the final ranking for 2016 and will reveal the winners of the Team of the Year (awarded to the team in first place at the end of the year) and the Mover of the Year (awarded to the team that has won the most points over the course of the year) accolades.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 22 December 2016.

Leader Argentina (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 none
Moves out of top 10 none
Matches played in total 134
Most matches played Laos (7 matches)
Biggest move by points Israel (up 145 points)
Biggest move by ranks Armenia (up 38 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Chad (down 155 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Chad (down 49 ranks)
Newly ranked teams none
Teams that are no longer ranked none
Inactive teams, not ranked none

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Source: FIFA

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