Eagles drop in FIFA Ranking after dismal World Cup

Arnold Nichols
August 18, 2018

Nigeria dropped one place from 48th position to 49th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as a new ranking formula take effect this August, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

2018 World Cup champion France was the biggest points-based mover as it landed the top spot of the table, overtaking Germany which dropped to 15th place.

The Super Eagles have a chance to improve on their ranking when they take on Seychelles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers during the next Federation Internationale de Football Association worldwide break on September 8.

Brazil are ranked third despite a disappointing quarter-final elimination in Russian Federation, while Uruguay rose from ninth to fifth in the world governing body's standings.

The Three Lions are now enjoying their highest ranking since 2011 and sit above worldwide juggernauts such as Spain (ninth) and Argentina (11th) while Germany's group-stage exit has seen them fall all the way from first to 15th.


Runners-up Croatia jumped all the way from 20th to fourth, surprise packets England moved from 12th to sixth and quarter-finalists Sweden and Russian Federation made significant improvements.

Gareth Southgate's side have jumped six places after reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup last month.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 20 September 2018. Host nation Russian Federation were the biggest climbers in the rankings, up 21 places to 49th after making it to the quarter finals.

The nation moving most places is Russian Federation, up 21 places to 49th while Egypt have dropped the most, down 20 places to 65th.

Wales are down one place to 19th while Scotland are up two to 40th. They went into the tournament as the lowest ranked team at 70th, but are now 49th.

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