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FIFA Ranking: Quiet month sees Kuwaitis soar

Kuwaiti fans wave the national flag. (Photo: AFP)

ZURICH, May 17, 2018 - Just seven international “A” matches, all friendlies, took place in the past month and, as a result, there are few movers in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Most of the top 50 is unchanged, with Germany, Brazil and Belgium still the leading trio at the summit of the same top ten as last month.

In fact, the first 47 positions remain totally unchanged from April’s ranking, but outside the top 50, a couple of teams have made notable advances. Kuwait (160th, up 16) have leapt up the table thanks in part to their 2-0 friendly victory over Palestine.

Just three more sides – Grenada (163rd, up 8), Benin (84th, up 6) and Botswana (142nd, up 6) – have moved up more than five ranking spots over the past month.

The Philippines (111th, up 2) are currently in their best-ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking due to the Azkals’ positive results in recent months – which included qualifying for their maiden AFC Asian Cup appearance.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 7 June 2018.

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To find out more about the calculation of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking click here

Leader Germany (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 none
Moves out of top 10 none
Matches played in total 7
Most matches played Jamaica, Palestine (2 matches each)
Biggest move by points Kuwait (up 38 points)
Biggest move by ranks Kuwait (up 16 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Palestine (down 44 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Palestine (down 13 ranks)
Newly ranked teams none
Teams that are no longer ranked none
Inactive teams, not ranked none
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