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Egypt lose two positions in FIFA August rankings

Out of action Egypt drop to 38th in the FIFA world rankings for August

Mahmoud Elassal, Thursday 14 Aug 2014
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Chile's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, left, in action with Egypt's Ahmed Fathy, right (Photo: AP)
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Egypt fell two positions to 38 in the FIFA global football rankings for August, after placing 36 last month.

The Pharaohs, winners of a record seven African Cup of Nations (CAN) trophies, didn't play any games this month as all their friendlies were canceled.

Under the helm of new coach Shawky Gharib, who was hired to replace sacked American manager Bob Bradley, Egypt are scheduled to be hosted by the Senegal on 5 September in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Egypt will play in Group G along with Tunisia, Senegal and a yet to be determined side.

The Pharaohs also lost one position among African countries as they placed 5th after they gained 4th last month behind Algeria, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana.

Egypt made it into the world top 10 after winning three successive African Cup of Nations trophies in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Germany remain on top of the FIFA rankings for the second month respectively after winning the 2014 World Cup last July ahead of Argentina, Netherlands, Colombia and Belgium.

Top 10: (Changed positions from July in parentheses)

1.  Germany

2. Argentina

3. Netherlands

4. Colombia

5. Belgium

6. Uruguay

7. Spain (8)

8. Brazil (7)

9. Switzerland

10. France

Top five African teams:

24. Algeria

25. Ivory Coast

33. Nigeria

36. Ghana

38. Egypt

Top five Arab teams:

24. Algeria

38. Egypt

42. Tunisia

62. Libya

81. Morocco

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