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Bafana unchanged in rankings

2012-07-04 12:47

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana have remained static at No 68 in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Wednesday.

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A draw in Botswana and a 3-0 home win over Gabon have not helped Gordon Igesund’s side climb up the ladder in the global list, though they have moved up one place in the African rankings to No 14.

It is well below their ranking of this time last year, when they were placed at 49th on the global list and seventh in Africa.

But a run of eight games without a win before their victory over a youthful Gabon had seen the country in freefall.

Ivory Coast remain the top-ranked African side and sit 16th in the world, followed by Ghana (33rd), Algeria (35th), Libya (39th) and Mali (40th). African champions Zambia are in sixth (41st).

Spain’s 2012 European Championship win means they are remain the top-ranked side on the global list, followed by Germany, Uruguay, England and Portugal.

Brazil, hosts of the 2014 Soccer World Cup, crashed out of the top 10 for the first time since the standings were created in August 1993.

Brazil slipped six spots and now sit 11th.

Latest FIFA rankings:

1. Spain
2. Germany
3. Uruguay
4. England
5. Portugal
6. Italy
7. Argentina
8. Netherlands
9. Croatia
10. Denmark
11. Brazil
12. Greece
13. Russia
14. France
15. Chile
16. Ivory Coast
17. Sweden
18. Czech Republic
19. Mexico
20. Japan

Also:

68. South Africa

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Comments
  • lunga.biyela.5 - 2012-07-04 13:04

    England 4th? Wow. Seems there has been a lot of weed smoking at Fifa headquarters.

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-07-04 15:16

      they beat all the small teams in the many qualifying games, thats why lol. like macedonia, finland etc. pathetic

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-07-04 13:30

    How on earth is England fourth?! What are the idiots at Fifa smoking? England will lose to Portugal, Italy (wait they already did!), Argentina, even Holland and Brazil! They have no place in the top 8.

  • bulla.loftus - 2012-07-04 14:31

    We will be going up in the rankings very soon!

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-04 14:37

    I think FIFO's Step ladder needs to sort out these blokes who unashamingly rate these bafans so low and are not considering their previous dis advantaged background ...

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