Belgium have climbed to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, alongside 2018 FIFA World Cup winners France, which means that the top spot is currently being shared for the first time in the table’s 25-year history.
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— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) September 20, 2018
A pair of wins for the Red Devils (1st, up 1), including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland (36th, down 4), has brought them level with Les Bleus (1st, unchanged) on 1729 points. The only other change in the top ten sees Denmark (10th, down 1) slip below Spain (9th, unchanged).
Outside of the top ten, two Nations League wins for Ukraine (29th, up 6) over Czech Republic (47th, down 3) and Slovakia (26th, unchanged) means that they are the month’s biggest movers, while Germany (12th, up 3) have started to edge back toward the upper reaches.
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?? Ukraine größter Aufsteiger ?
— FIFA.com deutsch (@fifacom_de) September 20, 2018
The biggest leap in terms of points is in Africa, however, with Kenya (107th, up 5) clinching 22 points – 17.9 of which thanks to a 1-0 win over Ghana (51st, down 6) in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. As a result of that defeat to Kenya, the Black Stars join Slovenia (61st, down 6) as the biggest fallers of the month.
Among the 154 matches played over the past month, the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers have also resulted in some notable climbs, with Nicaragua (128th, up 4), St Lucia (166th, up 4), Belize (160th, up 3) and Aruba (185th, up 3) all moving up the table. Meanwhile, Lebanon (77th, up 2), Luxembourg (82nd, up 3) and Kosovo (138th, up 3) – the latter courtesy of their first competitive win – are all currently in their highest-ever ranking position.
FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking September 2018. Top 10
1- Belgium 1729 pts
1- France 1729
3- Brazil 1663
4- Croatia 1634
5- Uruguay 1632
6- England 1612
7- Portugal 1606
8- Switzerland 1598
9- Spain 1597
10- Denmark 1581
14- Colombia 1567
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