Thursday 29 November 2018, 08:59

Belgium retain pole as Sweden, Serbia soar

Belgium remain top of the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, although the gap between the Red Devils, France (2nd, unchanged) and Brazil (3rd, unchanged) has narrowed over the past month.

Defeats for the leading duo in the UEFA Nations League resulted in both dropping six Ranking points, while Brazil – even though they are still 50 points behind France – added seven after wins over Uruguay (7th, down 1) and Cameroon (55th, down 4).

Portugal (6th, up 1) were the team to profit from Uruguay’s slide down the table, while the Nations League successes of group winners Sweden and the Netherlands (joint-14th, up 3 and 1 respectively) are reflected in their improved positions. Back-to-back wins in the same competition also propelled Serbia (29th, up 6) and Czech Republic (42nd, up 6) to significant gains, although Morocco (40th, up 7) were the top 50’s biggest climbers after morale-boosting victories over Tunisia (26th, down 4) and the aforementioned Cameroon. The former result also benefited Senegal (23, plus 2), who have replaced the Tunisians as Africa’s top-ranked team.

Further down the table, the big climbers included the African quintet of Mozambique (117th, up 5), Angola (125th, up 5), Sudan (127th, up 8), Comoros (143rd, up 5) and Gambia (166th, up 7). The rise of Kosovo (131st, up 6) was also notable as it took them to their highest position Ranking position to date.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 20 December 2018.

LeaderBelgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10None
Moved out of top 10None
Matches played in total154
Most matches playedMalaysia (5 matches)
Biggest move by pointsGambia (up 19 points)
Biggest move by ranksSudan (up 8 ranks)
Biggest drop by pointsTunisia (down 22 points)
Biggest drop by ranksBenin, Russia (down 7 ranks)
Newly ranked teamsNone
Teams that are no longer rankedNone
Inactive teams, not rankedNone