Egypt's fantastic CAN campaign vaulted them from 24th position in December 2009 to the 10th position in FIFA's latest rankings. They earned 237 points in this period.
The recently concluded CAN saw some strong gains for the top African countries. Nigeria was also a big mover skating 7 places from 22nd to 15th position bagging 108 points. Ghana defeated by Egypt in the CAN final earned 76 points to move to 27th position and Gabon moved to 44th position. Cameroon dropped 9 positions to 20th position. Cote D"Ivoire's disappointing campaign saw them fall six places to 22nd position. The banned Togo team moved one spot to 70th position.
The biggest mover upwards was Yemen moving 25 places to 105th position. In the opposite direction, Nicaragua slipped 29 positions to 162nd position. The conflict zones Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan lay in 86th, 172nd and 194th position.
The USA remained in 14th position unchanged from last time. Its World Cup group rivals England retained its 9th spot while Algeria and Slovenia slipped to 31st and 33rd position respectively. Mexico was in the 17th position. Australia ranked 24th, the top Asian zone entry with Japan in 40th position, the second ranked country from that zone.
San Marino, Europe's favourite whipping post registered no points remaining on 203rd position along with Anguilla, Monserrat, American Samoa, and Papua New Guniea.
Spain continued on the top followed by Brazil and Netherlands.
The Top Ten:
Ranking Team Pts +/- Ranking +/- Pts
1 Spain 1627 0 Equal 0
2 Brazil 1568 0 Equal 0
3 Netherlands 1288 0 Equal 0
4 Italy 1209 0 Equal 0
5 Portugal 1176 0 Equal 0
6 Germany 1173 0 Equal 0
7 France 1117 0 Equal 0
8 Argentina 1082 0 Equal -3
9 England 1076 0 Equal 0
10 Egypt 1069 14 Up 237
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