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Super Eagles rise in ranking as Brazil are back on top



Despite not making it to the summit of global football competition which is the World Cup, Nigeria’s Super Eagles rise in the monthly rankings just released by FIFA.

Nigeria rose six steps up from the previous ranking and are now in the 30th position. They are also number three in Africa, while Algeria dropped out of Africa’s top five into number seven.

At the global level, Brazil having spent 4,731 days which is the longest time at the top of the ranking by any team before they dropped down, are now back on top five years after they were last there.

Their recent 4-0 defeat of Chile at home and another 4-0 away humiliation of Bolivia in the World Cup qualifying series enabled the South Americans to overtake Belgium in the number one position,

Belgium had been on top in the past three years. But their recent 2-2 draw with Ireland may have impacted in their current ranking.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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