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Nigeria drop in FIFA ranking again

The reigning African champions however retained their fourth place on the continent. For inexplicable reason, Nigeria maintained her 710 points, like it had in the…

The reigning African champions however retained their fourth place on the continent.
For inexplicable reason, Nigeria maintained her 710 points, like it had in the last ranking in November, but slide by one step.
Cote d’Ivoire with 918 points led the park in Africa while Ghana and Algeria with 849 and 800 points respectively were second and third on the continental log.
In the last edition for the year of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the top ten remain unchanged. Spain continued to lead the table ahead of Germany and Argentina, followed by Colombia, Portugal and Uruguay. Two Asian teams have this month achieved their highest-ever rankings: the Philippines (127th, up 6) and Guam (161st, up 8).
World and European champions Spain top the final ranking of the year for the sixth time in a row, securing for themselves the title of Team of the Year.
The highest climbers of 2013, thanks to nine wins, two draws and only one defeat, are Ukraine, who collected no fewer than 312 points since December 2012, moving up 29 places to 18th and gaining the title of Mover of the Year for the first time.
The top-ranked teams within CONCACAF and the AFC have changed since last year (this year they are the USA and Iran respectively, in 2012 Mexico and Japan), while in the other confederations the best teams are the same as in 2012: Spain, Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire and New Zealand. In total in 2013, the results of 918 matches were taken into account,415 were friendlies while 347 were qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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