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FIFA/Coca Cola Men's World Rankings: Kuwait and Tunisia climb as top ten hold firm

Draw assistant, Cafu draws Tunisia during the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the State Kremlin Palace on December 1, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

ZURICH, January 18, 2018 - With just 22 matches, all friendlies, played since the December edition, it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2018.

Germany remain at the summit of a static top ten, while Iceland (20th, up 2) are the only team to enter the top 20, with the Netherlands (21st, down 1) dropping out.

Croatia (15th, up 2) have also made some ground, and there are more substantial rises further down the order. Tunisia (23rd, up 4), for example, have built on the gains made during their successful FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign, while Kuwait (174th, up 15), Sudan (124th, up 12), and El Salvador (90th, up 10) have all registered double-digit jumps.

Congratulations are also due to Chinese Taipei (134th, up 1), Lebanon (84th, up 1), and Palestine (75th, up 5), all of whom have reached their best-ever ranking positions.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 15 February 2018.

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Leader Germany (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 None
Moves out of top 10 None
Matches played in total 22 (14 of which were in 2017)
Most matches played Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates (5 matches each)
Biggest move by points Tunisia (up 77 points)
Biggest move by ranks Kuwait (up 15 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Haiti (down 204 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Suriname (down 32 ranks)
Newly ranked teams None
Teams that are no longer ranked None
Inactive teams, not ranked None

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