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Egypt drop 20 places in FIFA August rankings after World Cup meltdown

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 16 Aug 2018
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After elimination from the 2018 World Cup’s group stage last June, Egypt dropped 20 positions to number 65 in the FIFA global football rankings that were published on 16 August, after being ranked 46th the last release.

The Pharaohs placed fourth in Group A of the 2018 World Cup that took place in Russia with no points after losing all three games: 1-0 against Uruguay, 3-1 to the host nation Russia, and 2-1 to Saudi Arabia.

Egypt rank 11th in Africa and third among Arab countries after Tunisia (#24) and Morocco (#46).

Tunisia, who dropped three positions this month, top the African rankings while Senegal, who climbed three places, became second among African countries.

Egypt made it into the world's top 10 when they won three successive African Cup of Nations trophies in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

France top the world rankings while Belgium ranks second and Brazil, who dropped one position, are third.

In other highlights from the August rankings, Russia made the biggest move after climbing 21 positions to place 49th in the world rankings, while Egypt dropped the most, after losing 20 positions.

FIFA world rankings (June positions in parentheses)

1. France (7)

2. Belgium (3)

3. Brazil (2)

4. Croatia (20)

5. Uruguay (14)

6. England (12)

7. Portugal (4)

8. Switzerland (6)

9. Spain (1)

10. Denmark (13)

Top 10 African teams:

24. Tunisia (21)

25. Senegal (28)

37. DR Congo (38)

45. Ghana (47)

46. Morocco (41)

47. Cameroon (49)

49. Nigeria (50)

52. Burkina Faso (52)

63. Mali (62)

64. Cape Verde Islands (65)

Top five Arab teams:

24. Tunisia (21)

46. Morocco (41)

65. Egypt (45)

66. Algeria (66)

70. Saudi Arabia (73)

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