Paris - Belgium are basking in their highest ever FIFA ranking on Thursday, as last year's Soccer World Cup quarter-finalists move up one place into third on the strength of good form in Euro 2016 qualifying.
Marc Wilmot's Red Devils, who lost out to Argentina in Brazil, climbed to the top of their Euro qualifying Group B after Marouane Fellaini's goal earned them a 1-0 win over Israel 10 days ago.
Above them, the FIFA summit is unchanged, with world champions Germany on top and Argentina in second.
Brazil, up one into fifth, have flipped places with the Netherlands, while Spain have reentered the Top 10 and France, who as hosts must make do with a diet of friendlies until next year's European championships, drop three to 11th.
Bafana Bafana dropped five spots to 60th - and 16th in Africa.
Top 10 rankings
60. South Africa