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France top latest FIFA rankings, Germany out of top 10 as Nigeria sit 49th

Football governing body, FIFA, have announced the 2018 World Cup champions, France as the new leader at the top of the latest FIFA rankings, while the previously top-ranked nation Germany, as well as Argentina, dropped out of the top 10.

The top five on the list consists of France, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia and Uruguay. 

The top-ranked African team on the list is Tunisia tying the position with Senegal who both are 24th on the world stage. Nigeria ranks 49th in the world and 7th in Africa.

According to FIFA, the new formula: “relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the Ranking

“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 matches in knockout rounds of major competitions such as the FIFA World Cup.”

Here are the top 50 on FIFA World Rankings

1    France
2    Belgium
3    Brazil
4    Croatia
5    Uruguay
6    England
7    Portugal
8    Switzerland
9    Spain
9    Denmark
11   Argentina
12   Chile
13   Sweden
14   Colombia
15   Germany
16    Mexico
17   Netherlands
18   Poland
19   Wales
20   Peru
21   Italy
22   USA
23   Austria
24    Tunisia
24    Senegal
26    Slovakia
27    Northern Ireland
28    Romania
29    Republic of Ireland
30    Paraguay
31    Venezuela
32    Costa Rica
32     Iran
32    Iceland
35    Ukraine
36    Serbia
37    Congo DR
38    Turkey
39   Bosnia and Herzegovina
40    Scotland
41   Montenegro
42    Greece
43    Australia
44    Czech Republic
45    Ghana
46    Morocco
47    Bulgaria
47    Cameroon
49    Russia
49    Nigeria

FIFA World Rankings (Africa Top 10)

1)Tunisia
2)Senegal
3)Congo DR
4)Ghana
5)Morocco
6)Cameroon
7)Nigeria
8)Burkina Faso
9)Mali
10)Cape Verde

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