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FIFA ranking: Super Eagles start, end 2021 on 36th position

Three-time African Champions, Nigeria’s Super Eagles have retained their 36th position in the current FIFA ranking.

The Eagles played 11 matches in 2021; won six, drew two, and lost three-the most scandalous being the 1-0 loss to the Central African Republic in October. A largely home-based team also lost 4-0 to Mexico in July.

The Nigerian side got 1478.78 points to keep her place on the log and will feature as the fifth best on the continent when the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations kick off in January.

Senegal leads the pack and are closely trailed by Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

The Eagles achieved their best ranking of 32 in April when they moved to third place in Africa while Senegal maintained their top spot in Africa throughout the year.

Tunisia were consistent in second place until November when they fell to third and to fourth in the December 23 ranking. The Eagles had a points total of 1474 in February and ended the year with 1478.78 points.

And while the quantity of games changed radically from one year to the next, the top ranked team in the FIFA World Ranking has remained the same.

For the fourth year in a row, Belgium (1st) end the calendar year in pole position, albeit only just ahead of Brazil (2nd) by 2.1 points. France (3rd) complete the podium for 2021.

For their part, Canada (40th) are the year’s ‘Most Improved Side’ having picked up no fewer than 130.32 points over the last 12 months. Their journey to the semi-finals of the 2021 Gold Cup as well as impressive results in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying have been major factors in their rise.

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Winners of UEFA EURO 2020 and the Copa America 2021 respectively, Italy (6th + 115.77 points compared to December 2020) and Argentina (5th +108.51 points compared to December 2020), have also seen their points tally increase dramatically this year.

The same goes for the USA (11th + 103.51 points compared to December 2020) and England (4th + 85.52 points compared to December 2020). Equatorial Guinea (114th + 59.78 points compared to December 2020) made the most impressive progress among African teams, while Saudi Arabia (51st + 81.71 points compared to December 2020) did the same in Asia.

However, just in terms of last month, the most improved Asian team are Indonesia (164th + 11.13 points). Winners of the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™, Algeria (29th +3) jointly made the best progress in terms of places, along with Qatar (48th + 3), who finished third at the tournament, and Thailand (115th +3).  

Click HERE to view the complete ranking.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 10 February 2022.

Leader    Belgium (unchanged)
Countries entering the Top 10    None
Countries exiting the Top 10    None
Total matches played    58
Most matches played    Algeria, Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia (6 matches)
Biggest increase in points    Indonesia (up 11.13 points)
Biggest increase in places    Algeria, Qatar, Thailand (plus 3 places)
Biggest drop in points    Myanmar (minus 8.01 points)
Biggest drop in places    Myanmar (minus 4 places)
Countries joining the Ranking    None
Countries leaving the Ranking    None
Unranked inactive teams    Cook Islands

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