Liberia Climbs in FIFA Rankings

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Liberia climbed three steps in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola Ranking for the month of June despite her ousting from qualifiers of the CAF’s African Cup of Nations and U-20 competition.

The country moved to 116th position on the global scene, but remained 34 in Africa.

Liberia ended April and May editions of the monthly examination by Fifa of its members’ countries at 119th spot.
Lone Star before its narrow 1-0 win over Lesotho, recently
Critics say that the three steps made by Liberia might be due to the 1-0 win over the Ivory Coast and Lesotho despite the latest disappointing defeats in the return legs.

Meanwhile, Algeria made the most significant move in Africa beating the Elephants of Ivory Coast to move to 1st place in Africa, while Ivory Coast dropped to second.

Despite their absence from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Egypt moved to third on the log, while Ghana, Cape Verde Island are fourth and fifth and Nations Cup defending champions Nigeria remained at number six.

Sierra Leone moved to ninth position while Tunisia and Guinea are seventh and eighth and Cameroun is placed at the tenth spot.

Meanwhile, there was plenty of movement in the latest edition in the ranking, with 77 qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ensuring a number of changes compared to last month.

In the top 20, leaders Spain and second-placed Germany remained unchallenged at the top, with Argentina’s move into third place following wins over Uruguay (11th, down 4) and Chile (21st, down 4) edging Portugal down to fourth.

Also benefiting from two victories are Italy (5th, up 3) and Russia (9th, up 3), the latter moving into the top ten for the first time since October 2010. Brazil, who is hosting the 2014 world finals and thus has no potential points-earning qualifiers, managed to stay 13th thanks to two runaway wins in friendlies against Iraq (97th, down 17) and Japan (24th, down 1).

Six teams have reached their highest-ever position since the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was launched in 1993: Algeria (19th, up 5), Haiti (57th, up 3), Dominican Republic (92nd, up 10), St Kitts and Nevis (106th, up 16), Philippines (143rd, up 4) and Timor-Leste (187th, up 19).

The results of 146 ‘A’ internationals have been taken into account on the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, of which more than half (77) were qualifiers for the next FIFA World Cup. 25 were CONCACAF/AFC continental qualifiers and 44 were friendlies.

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