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Nigeria drops to 41st position — FIFA Ranking

16 August, 2018, 14:43 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Gareth Southgate's men have moved up six places from 12th following their unexpected run to the semi-finals, where they lost to Croatia before missing out on a bronze medal in the third-place play-off against Belgium.

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 failure of the five African representatives at Russian Federation 2018 to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament has seen a change in the top 5 ranked teams on the continent.

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

The Super Eagles of Nigeria dropped two places from 47th to 49th alongside World Cup hosts, Russia.

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The dismal performance in Russian Federation has seen Egypt drop down by 77 points and 20 places - the biggest drop by any football team in the history of rankings.

With the latest rankings comes the introduction of a new formula for calculating points.

However Germany's surprise elimination from the group stage saw a dramatic drop from first to 15th.

Democratic Republic of Congo are in 37th position, while Ghana and Morocco are in 45th and 46th position with Cameroon ranked 47th.

"The changes, of which there are several, include the fact that inactive teams now preserve their point totals, with no devaluation of older games. Points are dropped, however, from losing or drawing against weaker opposition, with the only exception to this rule being matches in knockout rounds of major competitions such as the FIFA World Cup".

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