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Egypt fall down in a nearly unchanged FIFA ranking

The Pharaohs, who are out of action for missing the second Africa Cup of Nations finals, slide in the FIFA global ranking to be the world’s 54th

Eslam Omar, Thursday 17 Jan 2013
Egypt fall down in a nearly unchanged FIFA ranking
Egypt's soccer team players (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt fell 13 positions to be 54 in January's FIFA world football rankings, which were announced on Thursday.

The winners of seven Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) trophies slide to the tenth positions among African countries and fourth in the Arab world.

The top ten ranks remained the same as Spain stayed top while Germany remained second before Argentina and Italy.

Ivory Coast are still the top African side at 14, Algeria are still second at 22, and Mali are third at 25 while Libya jumped seven places to be the world’s 47th.

As they disqualified for the 2013 Africa CAN again, under the guidance of American manager Bob Bradley, Egypt are preparing for their World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe in March.

FIFA rankings (December positions in parentheses):
1. Spain (1)
2. Germany (2)
3. Argentina (3)
4. Italy (4)
5. Colombia (5)
6. England (6)
7. Portugal (7)
8. Netherlands (8)
9. Russia (9)
10. Croatia (10)

Top five Arab teams (November positions in parentheses):
22. Algeria (19)
47. Libya (54)
53. Tunisia (45)
54. Egypt (41)
74. Morocco (74)

Top ten African teams:
14. Ivory Coast (14)
22. Algeria (19)
25. Mali (25)
26. Ghana (30)
39. Zambia (34)
47. Libya (54)
49. Gabon (42)
51. Central African Republic (52)
52. Nigeria (52)
53. Tunisia (45)
54. Egypt (41)

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