Portugal retains seventh place in FIFA ranking, Angola rises the most

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Portugal today maintained its seventh position in the FIFA ranking, in a classification in which Angola has the biggest rise, with the African team advancing 24 places to 93rd.

The biggest rise in the rankings comes on the back of the performance of Angola, coached by Portuguese Pedro Gonçalves, in the African Cup of Nations (CAN2023), a competition in which the Angolans reached the quarter-finals, eliminated by ‘runner-up’ Nigeria.

The Nigerians, who reached the final and were beaten by Côte d’Ivoire (1-1, 4-2 on penalties), have Portuguese coach José Peseiro.

Their performance at the CAN2023 put Nigeria in 28th place in the FIFA rankings, up 14 places, while champions Côte d’Ivoire are in 39th place, up ten places.

Cape Verde, which also reached the quarter-finals of the CAN2023, climbed to 65th place and remains the best Portuguese-speaking African team, with Mozambique rising to 110th, Guinea-Bissau falling to 118th and São Tomé and Príncipe remaining at 191st.

The Asian Cup, also played at the start of the year, also had an impact on the rankings, with champions Qatar having the second biggest rise: they are now 37th in the rankings, 21 places higher than before.

Among the Portuguese-coached teams, Paulo Bento’s United Arab Emirates are in 69th place, Paulo Duarte’s Togo are 116th and Rui Bento’s Kuwait are 137th.

The ranking is unchanged in the top-10, with the lead in the hands of world champions Argentina, followed by runners-up France, while England round off the podium in third place.

– FIFA Ranking:

1. (1) Argentina, 1,855.2 points.

2. (2) France, 1,845.44.

3. (3) England, 1,800.05.

4. (4) Belgium, 1,798.46.

5. (5) Brazil, 1,784.09.

6. (6) Netherlands, 1,745.48.

7. (7) Portugal, 1,745.06.

8. (8) Spain, 1,732.64.

9. (9) Italy, 1,718.82.

10. (10) Croatia, 1,717.57.

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65. (73) Cape Verde, 1,377.06.

93. (117) Angola, 1,238.11.

110. (111) Mozambique, 1,184.72.

103. (110) Guinea-Bissau, 1,164.01.

(191) São Tomé and Príncipe, 888.94.

187. (187) Macau, 896.62.

200. (200) East Timor, 843.4

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