FIFA World ranking

Belgium retained their spot as number one in the latest FIFA world ranking released by FIFA on Thursday morning, ending the year as the ‘Team Of The Year’. Argentina and Spain are second and third respectively, with world champions Germany slipping to fourth.


England remain ninth in the world rankings, while Wales have dropped two places to 17th.


Nigeria’s senior national team has dropped seven places to 66th, and are ranked 14th in Africa.


Ghana has dropped three places from 30th to 33rd position.

However, the Black Stars remain third in Africa.


Ivory Coast are now ranked first in Africa replacing Algeria with the latter dropping to second spot.


Turkey receive the award for best mover of the year thanks to the 329 points they collected over the last 12 months of football. Having last competed at a major tournament back in 2008, Turkey secured a place at the Uefa Euro 2016 in a campaign that saw them defeat Netherlands.


The highest climbers of 2013, thanks to nine wins, two draws and only one defeat, are Ukraine, who have 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.


In contrast, Portugal dropped three places into 7th having lost 145 points – the most points lost by a team.


The next Fifa World Ranking will be published on 7 January 2016.


World Top 10:

1. Belgium

2. Argentina

3. Spain

4. Germany

5. Chile

6. Brazil

7. Portugal

8. Colombia

9. England

10. Austria