Nigeria Now 49th, 7th In Africa In New Ranking System

Nigeria Now 49th, 7th In Africa In New Ranking System

Nigeria Now 49th, 7th In Africa In New Ranking System

Stuart Baxter's Bafana side failed dismally to qualify for the 2018 sporting showpiece in Russian Federation, with the latest rankings being the first since a new ranking formula took effect.

Belgium, who beat England in the third place play-off, are in second while Brazil - despite a relatively disappointing World Cup - are third.

Les Bleus head up the list published by world football's governing body, which features a new method of grading worldwide teams.

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The first Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings since the World Cup are now out and there have been some major moves.

The ranking is the first after the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the champions, France, are deservedly ranked Number One.

FIFA said its new formula, approved by the FIFA Council before the World Cup, relied on adding or subtracting points, depending on the results of matches, rather than averaging points over a given period of time.

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World Cup winners France take over at the top while Germany drop to 15th after their group stage exit in Russian Federation - having been top of the tree going into the tournament. The Three Lions, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark make up the top 10.

Uruguay rose from No. 9 to No. 5, England moved up six places to No. 6 and Argentina dropped to No. 11.

Northern Ireland have also moved up two places - they are still ahead of the Republic in 27th.

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Hosts Russia, who sensationally eliminated Spain from the tournament on penalties, rise 21 places to 49th, making them the best mover within the rankings. They have fallen from being the number one team prior to the World Cup to now being 15th. Scotland have risen two places and now sit in 40th place.

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