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Football: Libya Holds on to 65th Position in FIFA World Ranking List
09/05/2013 17:41:00
It is no change for Libya in the May FIFA Ranking list as it goes into next month's FIFA World Cup 2014 home qualifiers against DR Congo on the seventh, and against Togo a week later enjoying 65th position in the latest FIFA ranking list. In a month during which only seven internationals were played since the April list, Libya also holds to its 13th spot among the African nations members of CAF.

In comparison to last month’s action, there are only a few changes in the current edition of the list. In many countries, the national championships are drawing to a close, which explains the small number of matches played, all of which were friendlies. Spain continue to top the table ahead of Germany and Argentina, followed by Croatia and Portugal.

Ivory Coast held on to their top placing among the CAF members, followed by Ghana and Mali. Only Nigeria (up three places) and South Africa (six) made any progress among the first 19.

In the overall classification the only movers within the top 20 are Switzerland (14th, up 1) and Belgium (15th, up 1), who have both climbed one place, overtaking Mexico (16th, down 2).

Belgium have achieved their highest-ever ranking, as have Albania, who have moved up five places to 43rd.

There is only a slight change to the composition of the top 50 by confederation. Honduras have jumped to 50th place, joint with Burkina Faso, meaning there are currently 51 teams in the top 50. CONCACAF now has five teams in the top 50, while there have been no changes for the other confederations (UEFA: 26; CONMEBOL: 9; CAF: 8; AFC: 3; OFC: 0).

More movement is to be expected in the table in June, when the teams qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup play their first warm-up matches ahead of the showdown in Brazil.

More movement is to be expected in the table in June, when the teams qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup play their first warm-up matches ahead of the showdown in Brazil.
 

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