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FIFA MEN’S RANKING: Podium unchanged, Malta on the move and Nigeria ranks 32nd

  • 120 international fixtures played in October
  • Top three unchanged in World Ranking
  • Malta the biggest climber this month

THUR, 22 OCT, 2020-theGBJournal- Qualifying games for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2021, and UEFA Nations League fixtures were among the 120 internationals played over the last month, resulting in significant movement in October’s edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

While the podium remains the same, the gap has narrowed between top-ranked Belgium and their immediate pursuers, France and Brazil, following the Red Devils‘ loss to England (4th) in the UEFA Nations League – their first defeat since November 2018.

However, there are changes to the Top 10: Spain (6th, +1) and Argentina (8th, +1) swapped places with Uruguay (7th, -1) and Croatia (9th, -1) respectively.

Further down the classification, Denmark (13th, +3), Algeria (30th, +5), Paraguay (35th, +5), Morocco (39th, +4), Scotland (45th, +4), and Hungary (47th, +5) all progressed, with the Magyars breaking into the Top 50 at the expense of Bosnia and Herzegovina (51, -1).

The biggest climber this month was Malta (180th, +6), who jumped six places courtesy of victories over Gibraltar (195th, unchanged) and Latvia (142nd, -5) and a draw with Andorra (145th, -8). Also worthy of note is the progress of Ecuador (60th, +4), Panama (77th, +4) and Israel (88th, +5).

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 26 November 2020.

Leader    Belgium (unchanged)

Nigeria (32)

Moves into top 10           None

Moves out of top 10        none

Matches played in total   120

Most matches played      several teams with 3 matches

Biggest move by points   Hungary (plus 21 points)

Biggest move by ranks     Malta (plus 6 ranks)

Biggest drop by points      Romania (minus 28 points)

Biggest drop by ranks       Romania (minus 10 ranks)

Newly ranked teams         none

Teams that are no longer ranked    none

Inactive teams, not ranked    Cook Islands

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