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Spain stay top, Bafana drop

2012-01-18 12:04

Zurich - World and European champion Spain stayed atop FIFA's mainly unchanged rankings on Wednesday.

South Africa dropped four places to 56th, as their downward slide continued.

Bafana Bafana, who have won only one of their last seven official matches, soared into 38th place in the table in May last year, but have gradually slipped further back in the global standings.

The South Africans, tied in 56th place with Cameroon, retained eighth position in the rankings among African nations.

Having failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations which starts in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon next week, Bafana will play their next international friendly against Senegal on February 29.

The top 10 places remained the same after just 11 international matches were played last month.

The Netherlands was second, ahead of Germany, South American champion Uruguay and England. Brazil, Portugal, Croatia, Italy and Argentina completed the elite places.

Chile moved up one spot to No 12, trading places with Russia. Switzerland and Sweden also rose one, to Nos 16 and 17 respectively.

Africa Cup of Nations favourites Ivory Coast dropped two to No 18 before the tournament kicks off on Saturday.

Host teams Gabon and Equatorial Guinea are No 91 and No 151, respectively.

Japan leads Asia at No 19, and No 21 Mexico heads the CONCACAF teams.

FIFA rankings for January (December position in parentheses):

1. Spain (1)
2. Netherlands (2)
3. Germany (3)
4. Uruguay (4)
5. England (5)
6. Brazil (6)
7. Portugal (7)
8. Croatia (8)
9. Italy (9)
10. Argentina (10)
11. Denmark (11)
12. Chile (13)
13. Russia (12)
14. Greece (14)
15. France (15)
16. Switzerland (17)
17. Sweden (18)
18. Ivory Coast (16)
T19. Japan (19)
T19. Bosnia-Herzegovina (20)

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Comments
  • Dave - 2012-01-18 12:56

    I WOULDN'T HAVE THOUGHT THIS STORY WAS WORTH NEWS 24 EVEN COMMENTING ON THE RANKINGS. SAFA AND THE CLUBS ARE RUN BY UNQUALIFIED, ILL DISCIPLINED MONEY GRUBBING ATTENTION SEEKERS. THE PLAYERS APART FROM PIENAAR ARE/HAVE TO BE THE WORST I HAVE SEEN IN TWO GENERATIONS. I AM OF THE OPINION THAT THE PLAYERS FEEL THEY ARE INDIPENSIBLE AND THERE TOO SHOW OF THEIR LACK OF SENSE WHEN IT COMES TO HAIR STYLE'S AND SHOW BOATING. I EMPLOY 35 WORKERS IN THE FACTORY AND I CANNOT REMEMBER THE LAST TIME THEY SPOKE ABOUT BAFANA SINCE THE DEBACLE OF THE WORLD CUP EXIT , IT IS ALMOST AS IF THEY DONT EXIST IN JOE PUBLICS MIND?

  • caponeil - 2012-01-18 13:03

    hahahahahahahahahahah....All that needs to be said!!!

  • mrmogoswane - 2012-01-18 13:36

    Ohhh and Pitso is still coach!!!, that's it, that's i'm going to Australia #crocdundeevoice

  • anuushini - 2012-01-18 13:50

    what about Namibia

  • Tokollo - 2012-01-18 14:08

    The problem with SA football is that the entire SAFA admin needs to be reviewed and restructured. Yes Pitso is not yielding results but what good is firing the coach when the back-office lack the direction and ability to run a football organisation.

  • wayne.nkuna - 2012-01-18 15:27

    clean up the whole admin, remove them all......they have no clue what the mandate is anyway,

      Sean - 2012-01-20 00:35

      Remove those way on top !

  • Sam - 2012-01-18 18:35

    bafana dont even deserve to be in top 100 in fifa rankings because to be on top you must play the top nations and beat them,qualify for Afcon and win it but to archieve all this you need a good admin and a damn good coach

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