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Germany remain top of the world as Iceland surge

Joachim Loew, head coach of the German national team arrives with his team at Frankfurt am Main International Airpoport on July 3, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

ZURICH, February 15, 2018 - Reigning world champions Germany retain top spot of the FIFA rankings as there was no movement in the top 10 in January. Iceland, who qualified for the first time in their history for the World Cup last year, were the only movers in the top 20. They trashed Indonesia in two friendlies outside of the FIFA dates.

Iceland have climbed to an all-time high position of 18th in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The rise of the FIFA World Cup™ bound Icelanders (18th, up 2) is one of the more notable changes in a February table left largely unaltered by a quiet period of international action.

Just 34 international friendlies, 28 of which were in Africa, came into the equation, resulting in a static top 15 that is still headed by Germany, Brazil and Portugal (1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, all unchanged).

There is some significant movement further down the order, though, with Venezuela (48th, up 4), Hungary (49th, up 5) and Jamaica (50th, up 5) all entering the top 50 at the expense of Cameroon (51st, down 6), Ghana (54th, down 4) and Burkina Faso (57th, down 13).

Those falls by the African trio, and others in the continent, can be attributed both to results in recent friendlies and to the devaluation of last year’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations in calculating points tallies. But there were gains as well as losses for sides in the Mother Continent, with Congo (88th, up 8) and Sudan (118th, up 6) among the biggest climbers.

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

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Leader Germany (unchanged)

Moves into top 10 None

Moves out of top 10 None

Matches played in total 34

Most matches played Libya, Nigeria (6 matches each)

Biggest move by points Iceland (up 58 points)

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