Egypt maintain position in FIFA's December world rankings

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 23 Dec 2021

Egypt's national team maintained their position at 45th place in FIFA’s December world rankings that were released on Thursday.

Qatar s defender Homam Ahmed (R) vies for the ball with Egypt s forward Ahmed Sayed during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021. AFP

Egypt have booked their place in the third stage of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled for March, after leading Group F with 16 points, and are now waiting for the draw to determine which team they will face.

The qualifiers will be played in the home and away form against another group leader.

Egypt stayed in sixth place among African countries, behind Senegal at 20th place, Morocco at 28th, Algeria at 29th, Tunisia at 30th and Nigeria at 36th.

Egypt lost their third-place playoff in the FIFA Arab Cup last week against hosts Qatar, losing 5-4 on penalties following a drab goalless draw at Stadium 974.

Belgium sits at the top of the world ranking, ahead of Brazil, France, England and Argentina, respectively.

Egypt – who previously made it into the world’s top ten teams after they won three consecutive African Cup of Nations trophies in 2006, 2008, and 2010 – placed fourth among Arab countries, after Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

The best mover in the new ranking was Indonesia, jumping 11 places to the 164th place, while the biggest drop belonged to Myanmar, who fell eight spots to 152nd place.

FIFA’s December World Rankings (November world rankings in parenthesis):

1. Belgium (1)
2. Brazil (2)
3. France (3)
4. England (4)
5. Argentina (5)
6. Italy (6)
7. Spain (7)
8. Portugal (8)
9. Denmark (9)
10. Netherlands (10)

Top ten African teams:

20. Senegal (20)
28. Morocco (29)
29. Algeria (32)
30. Tunisia (29)
36. Nigeria (36)
45. Egypt (45)
50. Cameroon (50)
52. Ghana (52)
53. Mali (53)
56. Cote d’Ivoire (56)

Top five Arab teams:

28. Morocco (29)
29. Algeria (32)
30. Tunisia (29)
45. Egypt (45)
48. Qatar (51)

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