Nigeria Move To 29th In FIFA Rankings As Ronaldo’s Portugal Join Top Five

A file photo of Super Eagles. AFP photo


The Super Eagles have moved two places to 29th in the latest world rankings. This is the first time FIFA will be releasing the rankings in six months. 

In the latest rankings released by the football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria got 1493 points even though they did not play a game within the period under review.

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Gernot Rohr’s men are now third on the continent, trailing Senegal (20th) and Tunisia (26th) in first and second respectively.

Algeria (35), Morocco (43), Ghana (46), Egypt (51), Cameroon (53), Mali (57) and DR Congo (57) in that order, make up the top ten on the continent.

Nigeria last played November 2019 against Lesotho in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Although they were billed to play a double-header against Sierra Leone in a 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, the match was, however, moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In October, the 1994 African champions will take on Ivory Coast and Tunisia in two tune-up games in Austria.

A file photo of Super Eagles of Nigeria during a training session.


On the global scene, Portugal joined the top five, moving from seventh to fifth on the back of their spectacular UEFA Nations League games played earlier in September.

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) shoots past Sweden's defender Filip Helander (C) and Sweden's defender Pontus Jansson during the UEFA Nations League football match between Sweden and Portugal on September 8, 2020 in Solna, Sweden. Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP
File photo: Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) shoots past Sweden’s defender Filip Helander (C) and Sweden’s defender Pontus Jansson during the UEFA Nations League football match between Sweden and Portugal on September 8, 2020 in Solna, Sweden. Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP


Belgium are still number one in the world, followed by France, Brazil and England respectively.

Uruguay, Spain, Croatia, Argentina and Colombia make up the first 10 from sixth respectively.

FIFA will release the next rankings on October 22nd, 2020.


FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Ends Decade On A High

Nigeria’s defender Kenneth Omeruo (2nd-L) celebrates his goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Guinea at the Alexandria Stadium on June 26 , 2019. Giuseppe CACACE / AFP


The Super Eagles of Nigeria have ended the year with their highest world ranking in the last decade, FIFA rankings reveal.

According to data released by the football governing body on Thursday, the Eagles ended the year in the 31st position.

The last time Nigeria finished a year higher was in 2009, when the team was 22nd in the world.

However, with a total of 1493 points, the Super Eagles remained third in Africa, behind Senegal and Tunisia.

This year, the team finished third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt, losing to eventual winners Algeria in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Belgium finished as the number one football team in the world for the second successive year.

World champions France and Brazil were second and third respectively, while England and Uruguay completed the top five.


Super Eagles Move Up In Latest FIFA Rankings

File Photo: Super Eagles

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up three places in the latest ranking of football playing nations by FIFA and now occupy 41st position but remain in the fifth best team on the continent.

Carthage Eagles of Tunisia are Africa’s best team followed by Egypt, Senegal and Congo DR in the top five.

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Morocco, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Cote D’Ivoire make up the top ten on the continent.

Germany remains the world best football playing nation, they are followed by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland who also retained their position in the top six.

France are in the seventh position while Spain, Chile, and Peru make up the top ten.

Latest FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Now Third Best In Africa

Super-Eagles-celebrate-after-scoring-against-scotlandAfrican Champion, Nigeria, have move up ten places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, to become the third best football team in Africa.

The Super Eagles, who reached the last-16 of the World Cup for the first time since France 98, garnered 660 points and moved up 10 spots to 34th as against their previous 631 points which left them 44th position in June.

Algeria, who got to the second round of the World Cup for the first time in their history, has 874 points to occupy the 24th position in the world and be the best team in Africa, while Cote d’Ivoire has 850 points for 25th place in the world and consequently dropped to second in the continent.

The Black Stars of Ghana, slipped down by one spot to 38th in the world and fifth in Africa, behind Egypt, who remained static with 645 points.

Tunisia, Guinea, Cameroon, Bukina Faso and Mali makes up the top ten in Africa in that order.

On the global scene, 2014 World Cup winners, Germany, as expected, are in number one on the rankings  for the first time in 20 years with 1,724 points, reaping the reward of their fourth triumph at the expense of Argentina, who are second on the list with 1,606 points.

Third-place finishers, Netherlands, have moved 12 positions up the table and are now third in the world with 1,496 points while Brazil, has dropped four places to the seventh position.

South Africa 2010 World Cup winners, Spain, have fallen from the top spot to eighth place, while Portugal is now 11th, down by seven spots, and Italy is 14th, down by five spots, while England is now placed 20th, down by 10 spots.

Criteria for arriving at a country’s placing/position on the monthly rankings is determined by the result(s) and number of matches placed by a particular country in the month under review.

FIFA, in a statement, said that the results of 111 international “A” matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

“Sixty-four out of these matches were played at the World Cup in Brazil, 46 were friendlies and one was a CONCACAF continental qualifier. The total number of international “A” matches taken into account so far this year is now 362”, the FIFA Media Office said in a statement.


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Nigeria Moves Three Places Up In May FIFA Rankings

The Super Eagles of Nigeria has moved up three places in the latest FIFA rankings released Thursday by the World football governing body.

Uganda has also moved up one place to 91st in the latest Coca-Cola FIFA World Rankings despite a lack of International games for the Cranes.

Tanzania and Kenya remain rooted in 116th and 122th respectively while Rwanda have dropped 1 place to 135th on the standings.

Ivory Coast remains the top ranked African team in 12th place while Ghana, Mali, 2013 AFCON champions Nigeria and Algeria round off the top five sides on the continent.

Heavyweights South Africa are the biggest gainers, jumping 6 places to 56th and now sit in 9th place on the continent; their first top 10 placing since January.

With little changes, the top three in the World rankings remained the same from last month’s as champions, Spain hold onto the number one spot ahead of Germany and Argentina.

The May edition of the world ranking recorded very few changes compared to the previous month.

According to FIFA, more movement is to be expected in the table in June, when the World Cup qualifiers resume in Africa and teams that qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup play their first warm-up matches.

Africa has eight teams in the top 50 – (UEFA: 26; CONMEBOL: 9; CAF: 8; AFC: 3; OFC: 0).

Nigeria Moves Five Places Up In Newly Released FIFA Rankings

Nigeria moved up from 57th to the 52nd position on the latest FIFA rankings released today by world football governing body, FIFA.

Seen as a positive impact on the Super Eagles this time, Nigeria is now rated 10th in Africa as against the old rating of 16th position.

Cote d’Ivoire placed 14th is still the highest ranked African country while Japan placed 22nd, is Asia’s best team. The Ivoirians are also first in Africa while Algeria moved up five places to occupy Africa’s second spot and 19th in the world.

Mali are third on the Africa rankings after the West African nation dropped one place and are now ranked 28th in the world.

The Eagles have experienced a gradual renaissance under Coach Stephen Keshi, who steered the team to January’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigerian side defeated Liberia 8-3 aggregate in their final qualification game to book a ticket to South Africa.

World and European champions, Spain, remain top of the rankings despite their 1-1 draw with France while Germany retained second position.

But Argentina leapfrogged Portugal (4) to climb to third in the standings after they recorded victories over Uruguay (who fell out of the top 10) and Chile in the past month to move up one place.

Italy completes the top five, rising with three positions following wins against Armenia and Denmark.

Brazil; hosts of the 2014 World Cup are 18th in the standings.