Thursday, 14th February, 2013

Nigeria have jumped up the FIFA world rankings following winning the 2013 African Cup of Nations recently.

The Super Eagles ended a 19-year continental title drought in South Africa and have benefited in the latest FIFA list, which has seen the team rise 30 places, up to 22nd in the world.

The country Nigeria beat in the final, Burkina Faso, have seen a similar rise, moving up 37 places to 55th, while hosts South Africa have also moved up, jumping 25 places to sit 60th.

Elsewhere in Africa, the Ivory Coast are now ranked 12th in the world, which is their best-ever world ranking position.

At the top end of the list, Spain still sit first, with Germany second and Argentina third, all unchanged rankings.


Meanwhile, England move up two places to sit fourth after beating Brazil in a friendly at Wembley.

Fifth are Italy, who drop one spot, followed by Colombia, who also fall by one place, to sit as joint-sixth with Portugal.

Holland are eighth, with Croatia ninth and Russia completing the top ten.

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