42 international “A” matches have been taken into account for the February edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, 40 of which were friendlies. The trio at the top of the table remains unchanged with Spain, Germany and Argentina. In the top ten, Portugal (4th, up 1) and Colombia (5th, down 1) have swapped places, as have Brazil (9th, up 1) and the Netherlands (10th, down 1), while Switzerland (6th, up 2) have climbed two places, leapfrogging Uruguay (7th, down 1) and Italy (8th, down 1).
Of the 40 friendly matches played, 28 took place as part of the African Nations Championship 2014 (CHAN) in South Africa. It was the third edition of this tournament, in which only players who play in the national championships in their respective home countries are eligible to take part.
The following teams have climbed more than five ranks in the last month: Cape Verde Islands (27th, up 8), Armenia (30th, up 8), Slovakia (54th, up 6), Israel (56th, up 7), Uzbekistan (57th, up 8), Poland (70th, up 7), Liechtenstein (150th, up 6) and Pakistan (165th, up 7). Many of these teams have benefited from the devaluation of older matches. The opposite is true for some of the biggest fallers this month, in particular Mali (59th, down 19) and Togo (90th, down 19), who took part in the Africa Cup of Nations last year, suffering considerable losses. Only three teams have climbed ten or more places in the last few weeks: St Vincent and the Grenadines (141st, up 14), El Salvador (78th, up 10) and Belize (142nd, up 10).
Very little has changed in the composition of the top 50: Paraguay (49th, up 2) are new members of the group at the expense of Mali, bringing the number of South American teams in the top 50 up to nine and the number of African teams down to eight. The number of teams from UEFA (26 teams in the top 50), CONCACAF (5), the AFC (2), and the OFC (0) remain unchanged. In total, 55 international matches have been taken into account so far this year.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 13 March 2014.
Leader: Spain (unchanged)
Moves into top ten: none
Moves out of top ten: none
Matches played in total: 42
Most matches played: Ghana, Libya (6 matches each)
Biggest move by points: Denmark (up 76 points)
Biggest move by ranks: St. Vincent and the Grenadines (up 14 ranks)
Biggest drop by points: Mali (down 142 points)
Biggest drop by ranks: Mali, Togo (down 19 ranks each)
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