Bafana unchanged in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Lynette Rowe
August 16, 2018

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.

Senegal and Tunisia are the joint highest African nations on the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings following there World Cup campaigns.

The world champions lead the way under a new formula, with Joachim Low's men dropping out of the top 10 along with Lionel Messi & Co.

The Croatian side who knocked England out in the semi-finals are one of the most significant movers as they rise from 20th to fourth, their joint-highest ranking of all time.

The new ranking formula, which was approved by the FIFA Council in June after a lengthy period of testing, relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the Ranking.

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Ghana moved from the 47th position to the 45th on the global rankings and from 6th to 4th in Africa.

South Africa remain unchanged in the latest FIFA World Rankings at number 74 in the world after the first release of the list in two months and since the completion of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Gareth Southgate's England are in sixth while Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal are sixth as Switzerland, Spain and Denmark complete the top 10 positions.

Northern Ireland are up two positions, too, from 29th to 27th. They have fallen from being the number one team prior to the World Cup to now being 15th. The Republic of Ireland re-entered the top 30 - climbing two spots to 29th, with Scotland also up two in taking 40th in the list.

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