FIFA ranking: Nigeria move 12 spots, now 33rd

Nigeria's forward Ahmed Musa (L) and Nigeria's defender Kenneth Omeruo play the ball during a Round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN
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Nigeria’s Super Eagles, moved up 12 spots in the July FIFA ranking to place 33rd in the world after winning bronze at the just-concluded Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.

In the world’s ranking table released by the world football governing body early on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1, 481 points as against 1, 433 it had in June to place 45th. Thursday’s movement has now placed Nigeria as the third in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia, who are 20th and 29th in the world.

African champions Algeria was ranked 40th, up 28, becoming the biggest mover in the July edition by ranks and points (up 117), while fellow finalists, Senegal (20th, up 2) did not make a huge leap but reached their best-ever ranking position.

NAN orts that AFCON surprise quarter-finalists, Madagascar (96th, up 12) and Benin (82nd, up 6) saw their continental performances rewarded with a ranking rise.

On the global scene, new South American champions, Brazil (2nd, up 1) leapfrogged France (3rd, down 1) in second place and trail leaders Belgium by a narrow margin of 20 points.

Other sides in Copa America action improved their ranking positions substantially.

Quarter-finalists Uruguay (5th, up 3), Colombia (8th, up 5) and Venezuela (26th, up 7) – who reached their best-ever ranking position after their run to the last eight.

Bronze-medalists, Argentina (10th, up 1) complete a quartet of South American teams in the top 10.

CONCACAF champions Mexico (12th, up 6) and fellow finalists U.S. (22nd, up 8) made big strides up the table with an honourable mention for surprise semi-finalist, Haiti (83rd, up 18).

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