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Liberia -falls heavily on FIFA Ranking for April

Liberia were the biggest losers in Fifa’s world rankings for April, dropping 39 places to sit in 141st spot – and a lowly 40th best in Africa.

Their position is only 19 places better than their worst ever ranking of 160th place, which they occupied in 2010.The west African country have been has high as 73rd spot, in 2001, when they could still field former world player of the year George Weah. Nigeria and Tunisia have swapped in the only moves in the African top 10.

With 129 games played across the month there was movement throughout the table, as just 19 of the 211 member associations stood steady in their March placings. With five of those 19 within the top ten, Switzerland (9, plus 2) were the only side to break into the top ten, with Uruguay heading in the opposite direction (15, minus 6).

Poland (11, plus 1) built on their best-ever placing last month to go one better – a feat mirrored by Burkina Faso (35, plus 1). Meanwhile, Peru (17, plus 1), Curaçao (70, plus 4), Swaziland (88, plus 10), and Papua New Guinea (156, plus 14) also registered new personal bests.Brazil capped off a fine fortnight of football as they moved to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, reclaiming their seat at the top of the podium after a seven-year hiatus.

Africa’s top 10 in Fifa’s rankings for April (last month’s rankings in brackets):

1 (1) Egypt

2 (2) Senegal

3 (3) Cameroon

4 (4) Burkina Faso

5 (7) Nigeria

6 (6) DR Congo

7 (5) Tunisia

8 (8) Ghana

9 (9) Ivory Coast

10 (10) Morocco

FYR Macedonia (133, plus 33) were the month’s biggest movers, with some strong gains coming within the top 50 too as Sweden (34, plus 11), Northern Ireland (26, plus 9), USA (23, plus 7), Greece (39, plus 7) and Japan (44, plus 7) all gained ground.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 4 May 2017.

With 129 games played across the month there was movement throughout the table, as just 19 of the 211 member associations stood steady in their March placings. With five of those 19 within the top ten, Switzerland (9, plus 2) were the only side to break into the top ten, with Uruguay heading in the opposite direction (15, minus 6).

Poland (11, plus 1) built on their best-ever placing last month to go one better – a feat mirrored by Burkina Faso (35, plus 1). Meanwhile, Peru (17, plus 1), Curaçao (70, plus 4), Swaziland (88, plus 10), and Papua New Guinea (156, plus 14) also registered new personal bests.

Source; BBC/FIFA

Leader Brazil (plus 1)
Moves into top 10 Switzerland (9, plus 2)
Moves out of top 10 Uruguay (15, minus 6)
Matches played in total 129
Most matches played Djibouti (4 matches)
Biggest move by points Brazil (plus 127 points)
Biggest move by ranks FYR Macedonia (plus 33 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Liberia (minus 146 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Liberia (minus 39 ranks)
Newly ranked teams none
Teams that are no longer ranked none
Inactive teams, not ranked none
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