Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

France top new ladder as Germany & Argentina flop — FIFA Ranking

France top new ladder as Germany & Argentina flop — FIFA Ranking

Germany's exit in the group stage of the World Cup has seen them plummet to 15th in FIFA's world rankings - their lowest position in more than a decade.

The rankings were the first to be issued since France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final on July 15 and also the first since Federation Internationale de Football Association replaced its much-criticised previous formula.

The hosts were not fancied heading into the World Cup but won their first two games to reach the last 16 before stunning Spain on penalties to reach the last eight, where they lost to Croatia after another shootout.

Meanwhile, World Cup winners France lead the way after climbing to first.

The Three Lions are now enjoying their highest ranking since 2011 and sit above global juggernauts such as Spain (ninth) and Argentina (11th) while Germany's group-stage exit has seen them fall all the way from first to 15th.

Wales are down one place to 19th while Scotland are up two to 40th.

Belgium have climbed to second spot after reaching the World Cup semi-finals as Brazil dropped to third.

Democratic Republic of Congo are in 37th position, while Ghana and Morocco are in 45th and 46th position with Cameroon ranked 47th.

With the latest rankings comes the introduction of a new formula for calculating points.

"The changes, of which there are several, include the fact that inactive teams now preserve their points totals, with no devaluation of older games".

"Points are dropped, however, from losing or drawing against weaker opposition, with the only exception to this rule matches in knockout rounds of major competitions such as the World Cup".

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