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Egypt loses three positions in June FIFA rankings
Out-of-action Pharaohs, bidding for their first World Cup since 1990, face lowest FIFA rankings in team's history
Eslam Omar, Thursday 6 Jun 2013
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Egypt fell three positions to 71 in the FIFA global football rankings for June. The Pharaohs, winners of a record seven African Nations Cup (CAN) trophies, once ranked in the global top ten. In the past two months they have fallen to their worst positions since the list was established in 1993.

Egypt's ranking has been affected by a lack of competition after failing to qualify for the 2012 and 2013 African Cup of Nations. In addition, the Port Said disaster – during which 72 Ahly fans died at a match with Masry – lead to the postponement of the domestic league for over one year.

Under former United States manager Bob Bradley, the Pharaohs are bidding for a spot at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They defeated Zimbabwe 2-1 on 26 March.

The Pharaohs are leading Group G, five points ahead of second-placed Guinea. Mozambique holds third with two points, one point ahead of fourth place Zimbabwe.

Egypt will face Zimbabwe and Mozambique in two away games on 9 and 16 June respectively.

The rankings of the top African countries has remained stable, with the Ivory Coast (13) taking the lead among Ghana (21), Mali (23), and Nigeria, who fell three places to 31.  Egypt is 71 globally and 12 in Africa.

Brazil dropped to a historic low of 22 in the FIFA rankings one year out from hosting the World Cup, and the United States rose one place to 28.

Spain, the World and European champion, ranks first. Germany, Argentina and Croatia follow.

The Netherlands rose four spots to fifth place. England dropped to ninth place, two spots lower than May.

Portugal (6), Colombia  (7), Italy (8) and Ecuador (10) round out the top ten.

Top 10: (May's positions in parentheses)
1. Spain (1)
2. Germany (2)
3. Argentina (3)
4. Croatia (4)
5. Netherlands (9)
6. Portugal (5)
7. Colombia (6)
8. Italy (8)
9. England (7)
10. Ecuador (10)

Top 12 African teams:
13. Ivory Coast (12)
21. Ghana (22)
23. Mali (26)
31. Nigeria (28)
35. Algeria (35)
42. Tunisia (41)
46. Zambia (49)
51. Burkina Faso (50)
59. Central African Republic (64)
60. South Africa (56)
69. Libya (65)
71. Egypt (68)

Top 5 Arab teams:
35. Algeria (35)
42. Tunisia (41)
69. Libya (65)
71. Egypt (68)
75. Jordan (73)

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