Egypt among top 60 teams in FIFA rankings despite missing Africa Cup

Eslam Omar , Thursday 12 Feb 2015

Pharaohs made it into the world's top 10 after winning three successive African Cup of Nations trophies, in 2006, 2008 and 2010

Egypt players
Egypt players look on after Tunisia's Fakhreddine Ben Youssef scored during their Africa Cup of Nations group G qualifying soccer match in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Fourteen African teams are above the Pharaohs in the FIFA world rankings although they are still the third Arab country.

Egypt has become the world's number 57, moving up three positions in the rankings announced on Thursday.

Failing to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) after losses against Tunisia and Senegal, the Pharaohs have fallen 22 positions since their October ranking.

The Pharaohs have failed to reach Africa's showpiece three times in a row now, the first time it has missed at least two consecutive tournaments since failing to qualify for the 1965 and 1968 CAN.

The seven-time African Champions are ranked 15th in Africa.

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

The team is currently still searching for a replacement for coach Shawky Gharib who was dismissed following his inability to qualify for the 2015 CAN.

African Cup of Nations winner Ivory Coast rose eight places to 20 in the monthly FIFA rankings, with Germany remaining top.

Australia soared 37 places to 63 following its Asian Cup title as host nation last month.

Still, neither continental champion is ranked highest in its confederation.

Algeria at 18 leads African nations and Iran is Asia's best, rising 10 places to 41. Libya has fallen 35 full positions to 113.

FIFA world ranking (January position in parentheses):
1. Germany (1)
2. Argentina (2)
3. Colombia (3)
4. Belgium (4)
5. Netherlands (5)
6. Brazil (6)
7. Portugal (7)
8. France (7)
9. Uruguay (10)
10. Spain (9).


Top five African teams:
18. Algeria (18)
20. Ivory Coast (28)
25. Ghana (37)
26. Tunisia (22)
35. Cape Verde (40)


Top five Arab teams:
18. Algeria(18)
26. Tunisia (22)
57. Egypt (60)
66. United Arab Emirates (80)
88. Morocco (82)

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