Germany top FIFA rankings, Brazil second
The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of April 2018 ranked current world champions, Germany at the top despite one draw and defeat in March.
In the international friendly matches that were played last month, Germany had lost 1-0 to Brazil and drew 0-0 with Spain. The nation with 1533 points still has quite a lead over Brazil, which is ranked at the second position with 1384 points.
While Belgium moved up two places to the third rank, Portugal and Argentina each dropped a place to be ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
• The rankings list featured Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Spain, Chile and Poland in the top ten.
• The biggest movers in the top 20 included Tunisia, who jumped up nine places to be at the 14th position, and Uruguay who climbed up five places to be ranked 17th after winning the China Cup in March.
• On the other hand, four-time World Cup champions Italy fell six spots to the 20th rank following a loss to Argentina and a draw with England in March 2018.
• New members of FIFA, Kosovo and Burkina Faso reached their highest-ever positions of 152nd and 196th respectively.
• Among the total 133 matches played, Iran and Malaysia were found to have played the maximum number of matches – three.
• In terms of points, Kyrgyz Republic showed the maximum rise, as its points went up by 142. The nation was also one of the biggest movers in the rankings list, as it moved up by 40 ranks.
• On the other hand, Bulgaria with minus 132 points witnessed the biggest drop.
• In terms of rank, Haiti which dropped 23 placed registered the biggest drop by ranks in the list.
• The next FIFA rankings will be published on May 17, less than a month before FIFA World Cup 2018, which is scheduled to be held in Russia.