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Egypt climb one position in FIFA rankings for August

The pharaohs, who were out of action last month, climbed one position in the FIFA rankings but advanced among African and Arab countries

Eslam Omar, Thursday 8 Aug 2013
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Egypt national football team (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt have advanced one position to be number 62 in FIFA's world football ranking for August.

The winners of a record seven African Nations Cup (CAN) trophies, once ranked in the global top ten, fell to their worst positions since the list was established in 1993 during the previous two months.

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

Under the helm of manager Bob Bradley, the Pharaohs are bidding for a spot at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They defeated Zimbabwe 4-2, two weeks before defeating Mozambique 1-0 on 16 June.

The Pharaohs are leading Group G of the World Cup qualifiers with 15 points, five ahead of second-placed Guinea. Mozambique holds third with two points, one point ahead of fourth place Zimbabwe.

They became Africa's eleventh as Ivory Coast, 18, Ghana, 24, Mali ,28, and Algeria, 34, are still in the top five positions.Ivory Coast is still Africa's highest-ranked team, though it drops five places to No. 18 while Cameroon jumped 20 places to be No. 51.

The U.S. rose three places in the rankings released Thursday to No. 19, the same spot it reached in March 2011. The Americans replace No. 20 Mexico as CONCACAF's highest placed team for the first time since 2011.

With European teams inactive last month, Spain leads an unchanged top 10. Germany is second and Colombia is No. 3.

Confederations Cup winner Brazil remains at No. 9. As host nation for next year's World Cup, Brazil does not play qualifying matches that earn ranking points.

 

FIFA rankings for August (July positions in parentheses):

1. Spain (1)
2. Germany (2)
3. Colombia (3)
4. Argentina (4)
5. Netherlands (5)
6. Italy (6)
7. Portugal (7)
8. Croatia (8)
9. Brazil (9)
10. Belgium (10)

Top 15 African teams:
18. Ivory Coast (13)
24. Ghana (24)
32. Mali (28)
34. Algeria (34)
35. Nigeria (35)
36. Cape Verde Islands (49)
48. Burkina Faso (42)
51.Cameroon (71)
53. Tunisia (47)
60. Zambia (60)
61. Egypt (62)
67. South Africa (59)
68. Guinea (61)
69. Libya (71)
75. Morocco (79)

Top 5 Arab teams:
34. Algeria (34)
47. Tunisia (41)
62. Egypt (68)
69. Libya (71)
71. Jordan (76)

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