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FIFA Ranking (December): Super Eagles Maintain 31st, 3rd Positions in the World, Africa

FIFA Ranking (December): Super Eagles Maintain 31st, 3rd Positions in the World, Africa

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were non-movers as they ended 2019 at number 31 in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, Completesports.com reports.

The latest FIFA World Ranking was released on Thursday and published on FIFA’s official website.

In Africa, the Super Eagles also maintain their position at number three.

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The Teranga Lions of Senegal, runners up at the 2019 AFCON, rounded off the year as Africa’s highest-ranked team as they remain 20th position in tje world and number one in Africa.

Tunisia who lost in the third-place match to the Super Eagles at this year’s AFCON, are seven places below Senegal in the FIFA world ranking and are the continent’s second best team.

Meanwhile, Belgium are the FIFA ranking’s ‘Team of the Year’ for the second successive time after a record-breaking year.

Belgium hold on to top spot in a December table barely impacted by just 19 friendlies, but with 1082 international A matches – an all-time high since the Ranking’s 1993 inception – having already been played.

World champions France and Brazil also remain in second and third, the positions they held in December 2018, but the make-up of the top five has changed, with England climbing one place to reach fourth and Uruguay moving up to fifth on the back of a two-spot rise.

Argentina (9th) and Colombia (10th) have also entered the top ten at the expense of Switzerland (12th) and Denmark (16th), who slipped four and six places respectively over the course of the year.

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But the FIFA ranking’s ‘Mover of the Year’ is the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

The World Cup hosts gained an impressive 138 points over the course of a year in which they won the AFC Asian Cup and made a strong start to the Asian Zone World Cup qualifiers.

Besides accumulating the biggest points haul, Qatar also climbed a year-high 38 places, followed closely by fellow climbers Algeria (up 32 ranks) and Japan (up 22 ranks).

By James Agberebi

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  • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

    Accroding to Channels Online – FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Ends Decade On A High
    Solomon Elusoji
    Updated December 19, 2019

    The Super Eagles of Nigeria have ended the year with their highest world ranking in the last decade, FIFA rankings reveal. According to data released by the football governing body on Thursday, the Eagles ended the year in the 31st position. The last time Nigeria finished a year higher was in 2009, when the team was 22nd in the world.

    When I say these things here, some jealous ‘ignoramuses’ will say I am rolling out propaganda, lies and false statistics….LMAO….false statistics that they cant counter witht their own “truth statistics” Lolz.

    When some others will talk, they will say it is because we have talented players now…..and I ask them who amongst our current set up is better than the likes of Osaze, Nsofor, Uche brothers, Emenike, Enyeama, Taiwo, Yobo, Odiah and the rest of the last decade….pronto they loose their voices.

    We are headed somewhere and all I can pray is that God crowns the efforts of the team and its handlers with success. All things being equal…that 2021 AFCON is ours by the special grace of God. See the SE in 2020…!!!

  • Ololo 5 years ago

    We were even very unlucky to remain at 31st in the world.. Just a single point separate Nigeria and the Two teams above us.. By march next year I expect us climbing further above Tunisia

    • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

      You are right.
      We are closer to being no 28 in the world than being not 32.
      We are matching on….!
      AFCON 2021 on my mind…!

  • The FIFA Rankings will be used when the draw for the African zone of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers is staged next month.

    Some teams of note are outside Africa’s top 10 highest ranking teams meaning Nigeria might find herself in a world cup qualifying group that looks like :

    Nigeria (3)
    Ivory Coast (11)
    Congo (21)
    Togo (35)

    There will be a tough team between 11 and 20 but the others should be beatable (without being too disrespectful).

    Regardless of the team we face, it will be tough as every team wants to play at the World Cup.

    See the Super Eagles in 2020.

  • Omo9ja 5 years ago

    Congratulations to Nigerians. Congratulations to Mr. Rohr. Good job.

    However, is the FIFA ranking worth to be celebrated? Yes.

    Having a reliable team is better that than been a number one team in FIFA ranking. Yes.

    Some people are mixing this together.

    It is very good that we are doing well in FIFA ranking but we have players and Nigeria deserves more than what we getting from coach Rohr. Absolutely correct.

    It is very simple. Is it not good if we ranked 30 to 50 in the world and we are beating the likes of Brazil, Italy, Germany and so on for fun?

    Mr. Omo9ja, tell them the koko.

    For me, I preferred winning trophies and having a team that we can be proud of not FIFA ranking that can be changed at anytime.

    I won’t be deceived by this. I’m happy as a Nigerian and I congratulate Mr. Rohr for this achievement once again.

    We need more from the coach. We have players everywhere. No excuses. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Oga can u just keep quiet. You are causing Nuisance in this forum. You must not show the depth of your foolishness always nau

      • Saaco 5 years ago

        Why do we always attack omo9ja. They did not say something bad this time around nah. Pls let’s always free our minds a little, and sometimes we gatto pick some points from his view. Everybody has his/her own views. Thanks

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