Bafana jump in FIFA rankings

2010-10-20 11:21

Zurich - Bafana Bafana's climb in the FIFA world rankings has continued in October as they improved their position by jumping six positions to 52nd.

Soccer World Cup winners Spain still reign in the FIFA rankings, and Croatia and Russia return to the top 10 using victories in 2012 European Championship qualifiers.

France have bounced back into the top 20 after their historic low last month, and the United States dropped to No 25 having played only friendlies since the World Cup.

Spain lead the Netherlands in second, while Brazil rise to No 3 in a swap with fourth-ranked Germany. Argentina are fifth, then England.

Russia's wins over Ireland and Macedonia lifted them 15 spots to No 10, edging African champions Egypt into 11th place.

Australia heads the Asian countries at No 21. 

Top 20 in FIFA rankings:

1. Spain
2. Netherlands
3. Brazil
4. Germany
5. Argentina
6. England
7. Uruguay
8. Portugal
9. Croatia
10. Russia
11. Egypt
12. Greece
13. Norway
14. Chile
15. Slovenia
16. Italy
17. Ghana
18. France
19. Ivory Coast
20. Slovakia


52. South Africa

Top 20 African countries in latest FIFA rankings: (World ranking in parenthesis)

1. Egypt (11)
2. Ghana (17)
3. Côte d'Ivoire (19)
4. Algeria (33)
5. Nigeria (34)
6. Burkina Faso (37)
7. Cameroon (38)
8. Gabon (39)
9. Tunisia (45)
10. Guinea (47)
11. South Africa (52)
12. Uganda (63)
13. Mali (64)
14. Benin (68)
15. Senegal (73)
16. Zambia (76)
17. Morocco (77)
18. Botswana (79)
19. Libya (81)
20. Cape Verde Islands (82)


  • Knowitall - 2010-10-20 11:28

    Great news, accompanyed by bad news we have no game scheduled from now until the next ranking issue (17 Nov) as a result we might slide down, SAFA need to organise games on all the FIFA calendar dates, to maintain or shoot up the ranks.

  • Tshediso - 2010-10-20 11:38

    It has to be said that, what we have (a local Coach) has our country's best interest at heart. well done to bafana, and Pitso keep it up we are behind you in this most difficult world of results.

  • Panjo - 2010-10-20 11:47

    Do we get money for these rankings or what is difference between ranking 200 and number 1. what do they benefit that other nations do not get?

  • Panjo - 2010-10-20 11:47

    Do we get money for these rankings or what is difference between ranking 200 and number 1. what do they benefit that other nations do not get?

  • Wezz - 2010-10-20 11:57

    I wonder which 6 countries stopped playing soccer?

  • Jimmy Jump - 2010-10-20 12:03

    @ knowitall, i admire great thinkers like yourself, spot on bro.

  • Mpho Bruce - 2010-10-20 12:10

    Top 20 will be a true reflection after Afcon 2012. Lets keep on working hard.

  • kb - 2010-10-20 12:22

    i think that BB surely needs to get above the likes of Gabon, Guinea and Burkina at the very least. no disrespect

  • Lebogang - 2010-10-20 12:30

    @Wezz hahahaha, your comment is short, sweet, compact and VERY FUNNY. HILLARIOUS!!! But I am sure you can be a bit more enthusiastic than that. Support the national team.

  • G Funk - 2010-10-20 12:37

    @panjo, they say there is no such thing as a stupid question, but i must say that u came darn close! The rankings are there to c how coutries are performing. it's a yardstick! It helps countries(footbal bodies) make critical decisions. Lets say they investing millions in the game but keep sliding down the rankings, they know that they are still doing something wrong! Ai man, leave ma rather, i don't think i can answer u!

  • LP - 2010-10-20 13:02

    @Mpho Bruce Dream on

  • StoopidQuestion - 2010-10-20 13:15

    @ G Funk. Not really a stupid question, bro. Yes, we know what "rankings" mean, and how they affect decisions, etc., but the questions is - if you care to read it properly - asks if there is a reward, financial or otherwise, dependant upon your ranking. For example (illustrative), FIFA might pay travel costs for all teams ranked in the Top 10, while the local bodies (SAFA, etc) would have to foot their own transport bills. So - can you now answer the question?

  • BUFFOONA - 2010-10-20 13:47

    So What - on pricipal I support our national rugby,soccer,hockey, name it....but not BB !!

  • Jeremy - 2010-10-20 13:50

    thats because wieghting for AFCON qualifiers are now equivalent to UEFA as well.

  • KAS - 2010-10-20 14:17

    Guys The most important thing here is Bafana to refrain from Picking Qouta players like Booth & Pattison & continue picking the squad on merit like they been recently. I'm pretty sure that will translate in Bafana Been among one of the Top Countries in the World in the foreseeable future.

  • D @ Stoopidquestion - 2010-10-20 14:40

    I think you give too much credit to Panjo. He seems to be referring to a scenario like in a company for example, employee number 1 to 200 (1 being CEO and 200 being the lowest, trainee/learner etc) There is no 'remuneration' for passing through the ranks like a promotion. Panjo, I think you'll find the answer you're looking for is 'Pride'. Thats what they get for their national team improving comparitively against the world. Not everything has to be a financial compensation for every little task performed. Maybe you have not yet experienced this in your life, but the feeling of self improvement and bettering oneself through hard work and dedication usually results in a level of Pride in ones efforts being experienced.

  • Skulz - 2010-10-20 15:40

    @PANJO The reason why its so important to be ranked above other team: U players get a quick recognition in Big Euro, England, Spain, Germany, Italy by Big teams and its very difficult if your country is ranked below 70 in the world for any player to get a work permit to play in those leagues, now that we r above 60 our players might make the cut in Man united, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea. Real Madrd, Barcelona, Milan, Bayern and so forth, I hope I am making a sense.

  • Mr Van Rooyen - 2010-10-20 15:45

    This is excellent. I think we'll be in the top 20 in two years time. Just give the team some time and they'll shine on.

  • Lucky - 2010-10-21 08:22

    Very good. They must keep the focus and intensity.

  • baret - 2010-10-21 11:33

    Well Pitso and the boys, keep up the Good work

  • Rob - 2010-10-21 11:52

    these players have concrete in their heads after they scored 1 goal they thought they won the World Cup and they are not passionate about representing their country,they only want to know how much they getting paid

  • skinzo - 2010-10-21 13:24

    @Panjo; I do agree with G Funk that's a pathetic question bro

  • Ben - 2010-10-22 12:14

    The funny part of the wholw ranking system is that Internationally we have improved from 58 to 52 but on African Rankings we have regressed from 10 to 11. Kante how does the system work?

  • Mocx - 2010-10-23 13:03

    The only reason bafana is playing weel at the moment is because of Parerria and the assistant coach. Pitso is busking on the good work parreria did and it will soon come to an end. Then everyone will see that it was a hoax and a gross mistake to hire this idiot. He is not a professional, even when he was at Supersport. He didnt even win the league..but we give him the job. What about Gavin Hunt and other coaches that have actually proven their worth? Pitso is another Jomo Sono, big on talk and no results. Anyway well done to Botswana

  • thunukenenxeba - 2010-10-25 06:34

    @Ben, I think its because Guinea won their last game and we drew which gave them advantage, most of the teams who were ranked between 50 and 60 lost their games.

  • blaze - 2010-10-27 08:40

    its all good, i think bafana will do us proud,we must just keep supporting them.

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