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FIFA ranking: Super Eagles retain 31st position

Nigeria’s Super Eagles retained their spot as the world’s 31st team in the FIFA World Football Ranking for the month of February. In the ranking table on the website of world football governing body FIFA on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1,493 points, same as they had in the December ranking. The ranking still helped the team retain the third spot on the continent, behind Senegal and Tunisia. Only a few matches were played on the international front so far this year, hence, there was little movement in the first FIFA Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2020 Japan remained as Asia’s best (28), followed by Iran (33). Korea Republic, at 40th, are the Continent’s third highest-ranked side, while Australia (42) and Qatar (55) completed the top five. The Belgian National Football Team are still leading the FIFA standings, but Palestine are the biggest climbers so far in 2020, rising three spots to reach 103rd place, FIFA announced on Thursday. “The AFC side’s success in January’s Bangabandhu Cup sees them leapfrog Estonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mozambique and Kenya as they secured the biggest move by points and rank,” FIFA said of Palestine on its website. Palestine rose from 1,199 points to 1,204 to reach their current ranking. Belgium, still on top, had 1,765 points in the world rankings table. France, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners, were in second place with 1,733 points. South American powerhouse Brazil, the five-time World Cup champions, were the world no. 3 with 1,712 points. Turkey and Serbia shared the 29th spot with 1,494 points each. Anguilla – a British territory in the Caribbean – came dead last (210th) in the globe with 821 points

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