FIFA Ranking: Ghana moves up under new formula

FIFA Ranking: Ghana moves up under new formula

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 lost 1-0 to France in the semi-finals and are just three points behind them in the rankings - while Brazil drop to third following their quarter-final loss.

Mohamed Salah's Egypt has dropped from 45 to 65 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings.

South Africa remain unchanged in the latest FIFA World Rankings at number 74 in the world after the first release of the list in two months and since the completion of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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.

In Africa however, the Super Eagles moved to 5th place from the 6th position.

Didier Deschamps' side replace Germany at the top of the new rankings, the dethroned world champions falling all the way back to 15th after failing to qualify for the tournament's knock-out stages.

The side that has gained the most on the latest list is the Russians‚ whose excellent tournament on home soil saw them climb 21 places to number 49 in the world.

England occupy sixth place while Portugal are seventh, Switzerland dropped two places to eight while Spain moved up one place to ninth position, with Denmark also tied on ninth place but with an inferior point difference.

Which team are you supporting in the 2018 World Cup? Rounding out our near neighbours, Wales are 19th while Scotland are down in 40th.



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