Iran climb in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Iran climb in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Ross Houston
November 23, 2017

It can be recalled that Nigeria occupied the 41 position in the last ranking.

The team was largely expected to soar on the rankings on the back of their rampant form, but alas, the reverse was the case as they've now plunged to 50th in the world, behind the likes of Greece, Montenegro and Cameroon who failed to make the Russian Federation party.

Brazil, meanwhile, follow in second place after their 3-1 victory over Japan and 0-0 draw with England.

The drop of four rungs from last month's 170th position came after a pair of 4-1 defeats to North Korea in Asian Cup qualifying which cost Malaysia 13 ranking points.

Many were of the opinion that it wasn't a true reflection of the country's position in the world game, seeing as former world champions Spain also found themselves in pot 2.

Poland are seventh, ahead of Switzerland, France and Chile, the only nation in the top 10 not at the World Cup finals.

Germany remain top of the rankings, while Wales drop five places to 19th, Northern Ireland fall one to 24th and Scotland are down three to 32nd.

Traditional powerhouses such as Italy (14), England (15) and the Netherlands (20) all appear outside the top 10, while Senegal are now Africa's highest ranked nation after climbing into the top 25. Have your say in the comments section below.

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