Spain stay top, Bafana drop

2011-11-23 12:57

Zurich - World and European champion Spain stays atop FIFA's monthly world rankings, despite losing a friendly to England which climbs two places to No 5.

Bafana Bafana have dropped down four places from No 49 last month  to No 53.

The Netherlands remains second but third-placed Germany narrowed the gap after winning 3-0 in a friendly between the sides.

South American champion Uruguay also closed on the top three, beating Chile and No 9 Italy to remain unbeaten in 13 matches. Brazil falls one place to No 6.

Portugal and Croatia won 2012 European Championship playoffs and rise to seventh and eighth respectively.

Ivory Coast leads African teams at No 16 and 19th-placed Japan is the best Asian team.

Mexico rises two to No 20 and heads CONCACAF members.

FIFA rankings for November (October position in parentheses):

1. Spain (1).

2. Netherlands (2).

3. Germany (3).

4. Uruguay (4).

5. England (7).

6. Brazil (5).

7. Portugal (8).

8. Croatia (12).

9. Italy (6).

10. Argentina (10).

11. Denmark (10).

12. Russia (13).

13. Chile (16).

14. Greece (8).

15. France (15).

16. Ivory Coast (19).

17. Switzerland (18).

18. Sweden (14).

19. Japan (17).

20. Mexico (22).


  • Alan - 2011-11-23 12:15

    This is all a result of Apartheid! This drop by Bafana should be classified a State Secret.

      Michael - 2011-11-23 14:16


  • Mohammed Afzal Jhetam - 2011-11-23 12:31

    What Bafana need is to learn how to execute a final pass and finish off goals, they not bad at keeping possession. They also play too many games in SA and if they win they get praised(for nothing). If they really want to improve they have to play more games in Europe and South America. What's the use if you draw with the best team in Africa(in a friendly) but don't qualify for the African Cup of Nations?

      Kgaogelo - 2011-11-23 15:29

      You are right bra...

  • Siyabulela - 2011-11-23 14:28

    The reason why we don't score is because every player thinks of how they are going to celebrate the goal, even before they get the ball. Once they have the ball, they strike it regardless of their position in the field, even if there is someone who is in a better position to score. We also have a coach who would rather settle for a draw than a win! It is not a good look at all that we participate in major tournaments only because we will be hosting them! I support the boys every time they play, but I'm just not happy with what is going on!

  • bplupiya - 2011-11-23 14:43

    thanks to Pitso for fielding a weaker Bafana squad against Zimbabwe in a Fifa calender Match.....

  • Chaapo - 2011-11-23 16:50

    I am sure if they play India they will raise the ranking again. LOL.

  • Tokollo - 2011-11-24 10:34

    Pitso selected 11 players against Zimbabwe and could not accommodate the players within his game plan. Brazil used the same approach against Gabon by fielding an experimental team and the players achieved results simply because the coach understood the players.Now we have droopped points and will continue to decline. This is not looking good for Pitso and it is time he resigns

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