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FIFA ranking: Super Eagles drop, Morocco make biggest leap, Brazil still No.1

THE Super Eagles dropped three spots in the latest FIFA world ranking released today, while Morocco were rewarded for their Qatar 2022 World Cup exploits with the biggest rise in the table.

The Nigerian team slipped from 32nd in the world to 35th, losing four ranking points.

Morocco, who became the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar, rose 11 places from 22nd to 11th in the world.

It is the biggest climb in the ranking, along with Australia, who also moved up 11 spots from 38th to 27th.

Morocco gained the most points of all the ranked teams, adding 108.85 to their haul.

The Atlas Lions are now the top ranked team in Africa, followed by previous continental No.1 Senegal, who dropped from 18th in the world to 19th despite reaching the round of 16 in Qatar.

Qatar 2022 World Cup teams Tunisia (30th in the world) and Cameroon (33rd in the world) are third and fourth respectively in Africa, with Nigeria completing the top five.

Ghana, who were also in Qatar, are 11th in Africa and 58th in the world.

Meanwhile, Brazil remain the No.1 team in the world despite their quarter-final exit in Qatar.

New world champions Argentina are ranked second, less than two points behind Brazil, having risen from third spot.

FIFA explained that Argentina would have leapfrogged Brazil if they had beaten France in regulation time or extra-time of the extraordinary final, which went into a shootout after a 3-3 draw.

Qatar 2022 runners-up France moved up one spot to third, while Belgium and England are fourth and fifth respectively.

World Cup bronze medallists Croatia climbed five spots to seventh, a place behind The Netherlands.

Italy, Portugal and Spain complete the top 10.

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