Nigeria’s Super Eagles have again dropped a step from 36 to 37 position in the latest World Ranking released by FIFA on Thursday, 19 December.
The Nigerian team are 4th in Africa behind Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Algeria. In the last edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for 2013, the three Nigeria’s opponents at Brazil 2014 World Cup; Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran are better ranked than the Eagles.
Argentina have 1251 points and ranked 3rd in the world, Bosnia and Herzegovina are ranked 19th position with 899 points, Iran are 33rd with 720 points while Nigeria have 710 points and ranked 37.
Cote d’Ivoire (17 in the world) are the first ranked team in Africa with 918 points, Ghana’s Black Stars (24th) are second in Africa with 849 points while Algeria (26Th) are third in Africa with 800 points.
Meanwhile, the top ten on the table remain unchanged, as Spain continue to lead ahead of Germany and Argentina, followed by Colombia, Portugal and Uruguay.
World and European champions Spain top the final ranking of the year for the sixth time in a row, securing themselves once again the title of Team of the Year.
The highest climbers of 2013, thanks to nine wins, two draws and only one defeat, are Ukraine, who have collected no fewer than 312 points since December 2012, moving up 29 places to 18th and gaining the title of Mover of the Year for the first time.
The top-ranked teams within CONCACAF and the AFC have changed since last year (this year they are the USA and Iran respectively, in 2012 Mexico and Japan), while in the other confederations the best teams are the same as in 2012: Spain, Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire and New Zealand.
FIFA says the results of 30 international matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
In total in 2013, the results of 918 matches have been taken into account, many of which were friendlies (415) and more than a third of which (347) were qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Africa’s Top 10 On FIFA Ranking
World Africa Country Pts
17 1 Côte/I 918
24 2 Ghana 849
26 3 Algeria 800
37 4 Nigeria 710
39 5 Cape/V 698
41 6 Egypt 695
45 7 Mali 664
48 8 Tunisia 632
50 9 Cameroon 615
53 10 B/Faso 591