Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking: Argentina go second as Belgium, Uruguay rise

The 185 matches played in the past month have certainly left their

mark on the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. In

the top ten, only Spain's ranking remains unchanged, and the world and

European champions have managed to further extend their lead at the

summit, where they have reigned since September 2011. However, there

has been a big shake-up just below pole position, where Argentina have

ousted Germany out of second place after successfully qualifying for

the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Uruguay (7th, up 5) are also among

this month's climbers, making it back into the top ten at the expense

of Portugal (11th, down 4). There are currently four South American

teams in the top ten. Belgium continue to rise up the global ladder.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their Brazil 2014 qualifying campaign

and, with their current ranking of sixth, have once more reached their

best-ever position. There have been many changes, not just in the

upper echelons of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, which have mainly

been caused by the 86 FIFA World Cup qualifiers played in all of the

confederations except the OFC over the past month. Of the 820 total

preliminary matches leading to Brazil 2014, 747 have unfolded, and

nine teams – Japan, Australia, Iran, Korea Republic, Italy, the

Netherlands, Costa Rica, USA and Argentina – have secured places at

the tournament alongside the host nation. All matches played up to and

including 10 September have been taken into account for the current

edition of the FIFA/ Coca-Cola World Ranking. The current edition of

has taken the FIFA Disciplinary Committee's decision of 12 September

2013 on the Tunisia-Cape Verde Islands match into account. The next

instalment will be published on 17 October 2013.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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