Egypt drop in April's FIFA world rankings following Egypt Capital Cup loss

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 4 Apr 2024

The Egyptian national team dropped one place to 37th in April's FIFA global rankings due to their failure to secure the Egypt Capital Cup title in late March.

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The Pharaohs began their campaign positively by winning the opening match against New Zealand. However, they faced defeat in the final, losing 4-2 to Croatia.

This loss marked newly appointed coach Hossam Hassan's first taste of defeat in his second game with the team.

"Despite the loss, we benefitted a lot from the game. I was determined to participate in this friendly tournament as it provides the best preparation for the World Cup qualifiers next June," Hassan expressed optimistically.

Egypt currently hold the fourth position among African countries, trailing behind Morocco (13th), Senegal (17th), and Nigeria (30th).

Additionally, Egypt secured the second spot in the Arab nations' ranking, with Morocco leading the pack.

The Pharaohs had previously achieved a place in the global top 10 after winning three consecutive Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

Argentina and France retained their positions at the top of the world rankings.

Belgium and England swapped places, with Belgium now the third and England dropping down one spot.

Egypt's 2026 World Cup qualifiers campaign is set to commence on 3 June with a home match against Burkina Faso.

This will be followed by an away game against Guinea-Bissau a week later.

FIFA's April world rankings (February world rankings in parentheses):
 

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

Top 10 African teams:
 

13- Morocco (12)
17- Senegal (17)
30- Nigeria (28)
37- Egypt (36)
38- Cote d'Ivoire (39)
41- Tunisia (41)
43- Algeria (43)
44- Mali (47)
51- Cameroon (51)
59- South Africa (58)

Top five Arab teams:
 

13- Morocco (12)
37- Egypt (36)
34- Qatar (37)
41- Tunisia (41)
43- Algeria (43)

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