Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
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Bafana Bafana Have Remained Unmoved In The New FIFA Rankings

Bafana Bafana Have Remained Unmoved In The New FIFA Rankings

Argentina dropped to 11th after a chaotic campaign which included a 3-0 group stage defeat by Croatia on the way to a last 16 exit against France where they lost 4-3.Hosts Russia, who began the tournament at a modest 71st place, leapt 21 spots after their surprise run to the quarter-finals.

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.

World Cup hosts Russian Federation, who defied all expectations by making it into the quarter-finals, are the biggest risers in the new rankings.

On the global scene, France climbed to the summit of a much-changed FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in the first edition of the global ladder since the new ranking formula took effect. Belgium are second, Brazil are third and Croatia, the runners-up, are fourth, jumping up from No. 20.

Other big movers include Uruguay (5th, up 9), England (6th, up 6), Sweden (13th, up 11), and World Cup hosts Russian Federation (49th, up 21).

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

The United States, who did not qualify for the World Cup, moved up three places to No. 22, while Italy, who also did not participate in the competition, fell to No. 22 - their worst position since the rankings started in 1993.

Here's a brief eplanation from Federation Internationale de Football Association on the new way of ranking teams that has now been implemented, with the governing body no longer taking into account which confederation a team comes from when it comes to collecting points.

The 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.

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