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Azerbaijan jumps to best ever position in FIFA ranking

11 April 2014 [09:00] - TODAY.AZ
The Azerbaijan national football team have managed to reach their highest-ever positions at the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Azerbaijan`s impressive uptick in form has seen it jump six places in FIFA rankings, moving up to 85th place.

Europe occupies the top three places on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after Portugal climbed third behind leaders Spain and Germany.

They are followed by four South American sides in Colombia (4th, up 1), Uruguay (5th, up 1) and fierce rivals Argentina (down 3) and Brazil (up 3), who share sixth position. Just 12 points separate this quartet.

Greece return to the top ten for the first time since October 2012, while Scotland (22nd, up 15) are the only team to have climbed over ten places.

Only six matches were played over the past month. The majority of changes to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking can be attributed to the devaluation of matches from previous years, most of which were FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers and now have a greatly reduced weighting.

No team has managed to break into the top 50. UEFA has an unparalleled 27 sides in the leading half-century, following by CONMEBOL and the CAF on eight, CONCACAF on five, the AFC on two and the OFC on zero.

The six matches played brought the total number evaluated so far this year to 128.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 8 May 2014.



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